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State Indicators

The National Survey of Children’s Health provides information on the health and well-being of children in the nation and within each State. This section presents the survey’s findings for each State and the District of Columbia. This information includes indicators relating to the child’s health behaviors and risks; home and daily routines; family well-being and relationships; school, friends and community; health insurance, access and quality of care; as well as summary measures of key indicators. Because of the small size of some subpopulations within the States, only those indicators are shown for which most States have sufficient sample size to report reliable estimates. These indicators are presented in comparison with the national statistics presented in the first part of this report. A full, interactive profile of each State is available from the Data Resource Center External Web Site Policy or the National Survey of Children's Health External Web Site Policy on the Data Resource Center site.

A key component of the National Survey of Children’s Health is the ability to compare indicators across States collected from standardized data. States show remarkable variability across most of these indicators. While some States consistently cluster among the best performing on many indicators, and others conversely cluster as low performing on many measures, no State is uniformly performing as the best across all indicators and neither is any State consistently performing as the worst. When subpopulations of children within States are the focus—such as children with special health care needs, the focus of this report—State performance varies even more widely. The survey data demonstrate that States that perform well overall on any particular indicator may not perform well across all populations of children within the State for that indicator. These findings highlight the need to address challenges to quality health care delivery among subgroups of children systematically both across and within States.