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Six-county report reveals progress and areas of need regarding children’s access to health care, behavioral health, nutritious foods, poverty, quality early education and more
DALLAS (Nov. 14, 2017) – Children’s Health℠ today released the 15th edition of Beyond ABC: Assessing the Well-Being of Children in North Texas, a 98-page report examining the quality of life for children in Dallas, Collin, Cooke, Denton, Fannin and Grayson counties.
Produced biennially in collaboration with the Institute for Urban Policy Research at the University of Texas at Dallas, Beyond ABC is a comprehensive assessment of the four factors – pediatric health, economic security, safety and education – that shape children’s lives across the region and influence their opportunities for the future.
“The strength of a community can be measured by how well it cares for its youngest and most vulnerable residents,” said Christopher J. Durovich, president and CEO of Children’s Health. “The insights gleaned from this report emphasize that while we’ve seen some improvements and successes, much work remains. Armed with this powerful data, we implore everyone to treat our mission—to make life better for children—as a call to action.”
Highlights from the 2017 report show:
As in previous years, the 2017 Beyond ABC report was developed with input from an advisory board comprising representatives from key North Texas community organizations whose work influences pediatric health, economic security, safety and education. The advisory board established the final list of indicators and provided real-world insights, ideas and solutions to provide context around the data in the 2017 report. The research staff at the Institute for Urban Policy Research at the University of Texas at Dallas then worked to gather the most consistent recent and historical data available for each of the six counties. For many of the indicators, this data is as recent as 2016.
As the leading pediatric health system in North Texas, Children’s Health has produced Beyond ABC 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: Dallas, Collin, Cooke, Denton, Fannin and Grayson. Beyond ABC is now published every other year in mid-November.
To download the full report or order hard copies, visit www.childrens.com/beyondabc.
About Children’s Health℠
Children’s Health℠ is the eighth-largest pediatric health care provider in the nation and the leading pediatric health care system in North Texas, providing a full spectrum of health care services — from daily wellness and primary care to specialty visits and critical care. Holding eight disease-specific care certifications from The Joint Commission, Children’s Health has been consistently named one of the nation’s top pediatric providers by U.S. News & World Report. The Children’s Health system includes Children’s Medical Center Dallas, as well as Children’s Medical Center Plano, Our Children’s House inpatient rehabilitation hospital, multiple specialty centers, Children’s Health Pediatric Group primary care practices, rehabilitation facilities, home health, physician services and the Children’s Medical Center Research Institute at UT Southwestern. For more information about Children’s Health, visit www.childrens.com.