Florida Releases Pregnancy, Young Child Profile Tool

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The Florida Department of Health (DOH) announces the release of a new community resource for those actively working on behalf of Florida's young children. The Pregnancy and Young Child Profile is a web-accessible tool providing data about family characteristics, health and safety indicators, socio-emotional development and access to services for infants, children and women of child-bearing age. This profile builds on the School-aged Child and Adolescent profile released in 2008 and will be available to the public through Florida's Community Health Assessment Resource Tool Set web page (CHARTS) at www.floridacharts.com.

The purposes of the profile are to make data related to the health and well-being of Florida's mothers and young children readily available to community leaders and the public and to encourage communities to take a more holistic look at young children and the context in which they live.

Currently, communities have to visit many different websites to gather information specifically about young children or might even have to call various state agencies for more specific information. This profile will make the information both more readily available and decrease workload for special ad-hoc requests.

The profile will provide communities with information related to the well-being of our children including:

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Child abuse, including sexual abuse
Availability of early learning programs and childcare
Poor birth outcomes
Potentially avoidable hospitalizations
Foster care
Availability of well-child care and prenatal care
Injuries, including children injured in motor vehicle crashes
Insurance coverage
Mental health services provided to children
Health status and behaviors of women likely to become mothers

Each indicator includes:

Absolute numbers/counts
Standardized rates or percentages
County rankings by Quartile
State rate
Trend over time

Eight groups collaborated to provide structure and data for the profile: the Florida Department of Health, the Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation, the Head Start Collaborative, the Florida Department of Children and Families, Whole Child Leon, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, the Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration, and the Florida Department of Education.

Florida CHARTS is an online information database containing county-level and statewide health statistics through graphs, tables, trend lines and maps. The interactive system contains over 400 individual health indicators at the county level and can be accessed by anyone with internet access, including community groups, universities and state agencies.

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