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DALLAS (Nov. 10, 2021) – Children’s Health℠, one of the largest and most prestigious pediatric health care providers in the country and the leading pediatric health care system in North Texas, today released its 17th edition of Beyond ABC: Assessing the Well-Being of Children in North Texas, a comprehensive report on the quality of life for children in North Texas.
The biennial report examines four major areas that impact children in Dallas, Collin, Cooke, Denton, Fannin and Grayson counties, highlighting key trends and areas of improvement in each. The four areas include pediatric health, economic security, safety and education.
Significant highlights from the 2021 report show:
“This year’s Beyond ABC report, as always, presents a far-reaching view of the state of pediatric health in our region,” said Chris Durovich, president and CEO of Children’s Health. “Almost two years into one of the most devastating and consequential public health challenges in history, we can say, unequivocally, that the work to better understand and to improve the well-being of our community’s children has never been more important. Our mission to make life better for children compels us to prepare for the promise and uncertainty of the future, and we are privileged to help children and families in North Texas.”
As in previous years, the 2021 Beyond ABC report was developed with input from an advisory board comprised of representatives from key North Texas community organizations whose work influences pediatric health, economic security, safety and education. The research staff at the University of Texas at Dallas Institute for Urban Policy Research identified the most consistent recent and historical data available for each of the six North Texas counties. The advisory board and Children’s Health staff then provided real-world insights, ideas and solutions to provide context around the data in the 2021 report.
“We are honored to be involved in producing the 2021 Beyond ABC report,” said Dr. Timothy M. Bray, director of the Institute for Urban Policy Research at the University of Texas at Dallas. “As we work to build a stronger and healthier community, this data is invaluable to track our progress and enable us to enact real change for North Texas children.”
As the leading pediatric health care system in North Texas, Children’s Health has produced the Beyond ABC report since 1996. Whereas previous versions of the report have been published annually and focused on Dallas County and the Northern Corridor in alternating years, the format was updated in 2015 to feature a single report covering six counties in the Children’s Health service area. Beyond ABC is now published every other year in mid-November.
To download the full report, executive summary or order hard copies, visit www.childrens.com/beyondabc.
Children’s Health℠ is committed to making life better for children. As one of the largest and most prestigious pediatric health care providers in the country and the leading pediatric health care system in North Texas, Children’s Health cares for children through more than 750,000 patient visits annually. The Children’s Health system includes its flagship hospital, Children’s Medical Center Dallas, as well as Children’s Medical Center Plano, Our Children’s House inpatient rehabilitation hospital, the Children’s Health Care Network, specialty centers, rehabilitation facilities and physician services. Children’s Medical Center Dallas continues to be the only North Texas hospital to be ranked in 10 out of 10 pediatric specialties by U.S. News & World Report. Through its academic affiliation with UT Southwestern Medical Center, Children’s Health is a leader in life-changing treatments, innovative technology and ground-breaking research. This affiliation led to establishing the Children’s Medical Center Research Institute in 2011, committed to pursuing research in regenerative medicine, cancer biology and metabolism. For more information, follow Children’s Health on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn or YouTube, or visit Childrens.com.
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