The State of Children’s Health in Kansas City
August 28, 2016•13 min
Approximately 411,000 children live in a four county Kansas City metro area, accounting for 25.6 % of the population. A community health assessment by Children’s Mercy with assistance from Professional Research Consultants, examined current health status of children in the metro area, identified unmet needs and current health priorities, explored community strengths and gaps in resources, and provided insights to health advocates and providers. The report identified numerous issues including poverty, employment, violence, parent support, access to care, mental/behavioral health, housing, obesity, food insecurity, early education and infant mortality. Listen in as Margo Quiriconi, Director of Community Health Initiatives at Children’s Mercy, explains the key findings of the study and plans to address them.