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How are the Children? Five Action Areas to Promote Healthy Communities Luanne Nyberg, Senior Policy Analyst Hennepin County Minh Ta, Legislative Director Children’s Defense Fund Minnesota Poverty = Health Disparities Poor children in the US Low Birth Weight - 2x more likely

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How are the Children? Five Action Areas to Promote Healthy Communities

Luanne Nyberg, Senior Policy Analyst

Hennepin County

Minh Ta, Legislative Director

Children’s Defense Fund Minnesota


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Poverty = Health Disparities

Poor children in the US

  • Low Birth Weight - 2x more likely

  • No regular source of health care: 3x more likely

  • Too little food: 8x more likely


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US Tax Cuts Enacted in 2002 Could Pay for:

  • Health coverage for all US children

  • Housing vouchers for 3.6 million children in families at risk of homelessness

  • Food stamps for 10 million families with children


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Minnesota’s Care for Children is Eroding

  • 1 in 10 children get food support

  • 1 in 4 school kids lives at less than 185% of poverty (gross less than $28,300/yr. for 3 person family)

  • 1 school transfer per 7 kids/yr.

  • 1 in 5 do not finish high school on time


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“No New Taxes” Policy Hurts Children

Cuts include

  • Child Care

  • Children’s Health Care

  • After School Programs

  • Teachers


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Where does the US Rank Among Nations?

  • 1st in military expenditures

  • 1st in children experiencing gun violence

  • 12th in % of children in poverty

  • 17th in low birthweight babies

  • 23rd in infant mortality


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Doing Right by Children Costs Pennies

Per citizen, it would cost:

  • 2 cents/day to vaccinate all children under 2

  • 14 cents/day to insure all kids

  • 26 cents/day to provide child care subsidies to all needy families and increase quality


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Take Action: Understand Local Child Trends

How many kids in your County are

  • uninsured?

  • low income?

  • Into drugs, tobacco or alcohol?

  • not graduating on time?

    What direction are things going?

    www.cdf-mn.org/kidscount/html


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Take Action: Know how “your” Politicians VOTE

  • Children can’t eat promises, be sheltered by photo-ops or get health care through compassion speeches

  • Check voting records of your representatives and hold them accountable

    www.cdfactioncouncil.org/mndel2001/htm

    www.cdfactioncouncil.org/CDF_scorecardMN.02.pdf


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Take Action: Organize a Local Coalition for Kids

  • Civil Rights, Women’s Right to Vote movements began with local groups that then allied with others

  • Strength and support in numbers

  • Wide range of groups shows broad support

    www.aecf.org/rci/


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Take Action: Build Local Assets for Kids

  • Developmental assets help children choose positive paths

  • 40 assets identified

  • Anyone/Everyone can help provide community assets for children

    www.search-institute.org/assets/


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Take Action: Kids need Justice, not Charity

All children have a right to

  • enough food

  • stable housing

  • health care

  • quality education

    Social Justice must be as high a priority as Homeland Security

    www.mpha.net www.cdf-mn.org


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