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Study: Texas Still Among Ten Worst States To Be a Child

The latest Kids Count report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation was released Tuesday. The annual publication assesses child well-being by state, and, once again this year, the report ranks Texas low based on economic, educational and healthcare data, among other metrics. We talk with Jennifer Lee, research associate with the Center for Public Policy Priorities, about […]

The latest Kids Count report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation was released Tuesday. The annual publication assesses child well-being by state, and, once again this year, the report ranks Texas low based on economic, educational and healthcare data, among other metrics.

We talk with Jennifer Lee, research associate with the Center for Public Policy Priorities, about the latest data and how it compares to what we’ve seen in previous years.

Then, we focus on health issues kids face in Texas with Dr. Bethanie Van Horne from the Children’s Learning Institute at UTHealth, and Dr. Christopher Greeley, a Professor of Pediatrics at UTHealth Science Center. They’re co-authors of research published this month in the journal Hospital Pediatrics, in which they tracked the causes of pediatric hospitalizations in Texas.

MORE: “Kids Count” Report from Annie E. Casey Foundation Belies Rhetoric About Texas Prosperity (News 88.7, July 20, 2015)

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