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Kids Count Report and Women’s Health: Houston Matters for Monday, July 28, 2014

The latest Kids Count report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation was released last week. It’s the 25th edition of the report, and it once again shows Texas ranks low among the U.S. states in overall child well-being. That ranking is based on a variety of factors, including education (more than half of Texas children […]

The latest Kids Count report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation was released last week. It’s the 25th edition of the report, and it once again shows Texas ranks low among the U.S. states in overall child well-being.

That ranking is based on a variety of factors, including education (more than half of Texas children don’t attend pre-school), and economic indicators, like the percentage of kids living in poverty.

But public policy experts and social scientists don’t always agree on what data to use to define something like poverty.

On this edition of Houston Matters, we’ll talk with Texas Kids Count director Frances Deviney from the Center for Public Policy Priorities about the Lone Star state’s place in the latest Kids Count report, and the 24 that preceded it. We’ll explore what a quarter century of such reporting may tell us about whether policies designed to serve our kids in the Lone Star state are as effective as they could be.

Then, we’ll hear an alternate view from Chuck Devore, Vice President of Policy with the Texas Public Policy Foundation, a conservative Texas think tank which takes issue with the Kids Count report’s use of the federal government’s traditional measure of poverty, and prefers the use of what’s called a supplemental measure of poverty.

We’ll then be joined by Dr. Robert Sanborn, President and CEO of Children at Risk, a Houston-based nonprofit, to discuss the state of child well-being here in Greater Houston.

Also this hour: We welcome your women’s health questions for Dr. Jennifer Breazeale, an obstetrician/gynecologist from the Woodlands and Kingwood Kelsey-Seybold Clinic offices. From when to see an OB/GYN, to what health risks you should screen for at what stages of life, to questions about mammograms or fertility or menopause – really, any women’s health issue you might discuss with your own doctor will be welcome.

And, we’ll discuss the latest goings-on in Houston sports with CultureMap Houston sports columnist MK Bower.

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