Child Health USA 2006
Photographs of children's faces


While the indicators presented in other sections are representative of the United States population as a whole, this section presents data at the State level. Geographic differences in health status and health care utilization play an important role in tailoring health programs and interventions to specific populations. Included are data regarding infant, neonatal, and perinatal mortality, low birth weight, early prenatal care, health care financing, Medicaid enrollment and expenditures, and CHIP enrollment.

This section reveals important disparities in these measures across States. For instance, the rates of low birth weight births (less than 2,500 grams or 5 pounds 8 ounces) were highest in the District of Columbia and several southern States, including Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and South Carolina. These States, in addition to New Mexico and Texas, were also among those with the highest rates of births to women under 18 years of age.

All of these issues have geographic program and policy implications, and State and local leaders can use this information to better serve their maternal and child populations in need.


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Child Health USA 2006 is not copyrighted. Readers are free to duplicate and use all or part of the information contained on this page. Suggested Citation: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau. Child Health USA 2006. Rockville, Maryland: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2006.