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Health & Safety2021-02-16T00:50:41+00:00

Let’s break down the barriers
that stand in the way of our kids’

Health & Safety.

Featured Findings
Access to Insurance & Care

While DC does a better job than many states of providing health support, there are still big gaps in health care access.

  • Approximately 7 out of 10 children are covered by Medicaid or DC Healthy Families, but coverage isn’t always continuous. 10% of Black and Latinx children and 1% of white children had periods without health insurance coverage in the year prior according to the 2018 National Survey of Child Health.
  • Approximately 30% of Black and Latinx children didn’t have a preventative care visit in the past year, versus just 3% of white children.
  • Home visiting is a way of delivering prevention and early intervention services for expecting parents and families of young children. In 2019 DC had capacity to serve roughly 1,347 children and families in these programs.

Preventative Care Visits for DC Children

All Children Living in DC

Children with Public Health Insurance

Check-Up in the Last Year (2018 National Survey of Child Health)

Race & Equity

DC Children Medicaid Coverage (2018)

71%

Black

8%

White

51%

Latinx

Adolescent Health

Many disparities exist in adolescent health outcomes.

  • Black middle and high school students are almost three times as likely to have attempted suicide as white middle and high school students according to the 2019 Youth Risk Behavior Survey.
  • Middle school girls of color have particularly high rates – nearly one out of five female Black and Latina middle school students reported having attempted suicide.
  • One area where DC has made improvement is teen birth rates. The number of births to 15-19 year-olds fell from 637 in 2013 to 373 in 2018.

DC Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Students are More at Risk for Suicide

Impacts of COVID-19

While confirmed COVID-19 cases among children are less common than among adults, hundreds of children and young adults have still contracted the disease. Of course, children (1 in 10 DC cases are children) are also impacted when a parent, family member, teacher, or other caring adult gets sick.

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Nutrition

While DC does a good job of enrolling lower income families in SNAP, too many families don’t have access to good nutrition.

  • 93% of the DC residents receiving SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) are Black and 3% are Latinx. See Early Childhood for information on WIC (Women, Infants, and Children).
  • There are gaps in grocery access where many children live. Only four grocery stores service wards 7 and 8 (up from 3 in 2018) where 37% of DC children live. Each grocery store serves twice the number of residents as those in any other ward of the District. Learn more

DC SNAP Enrollment

Percent of DC Residents Participating in SNAP (2017)

Race & Equity

DC COVID-19 Cases by Race (2020)

47%

Black

23%

White

24%

Latinx

Policing

Concerns about over-policing youth are born out in the stops, searches, and arrests data.

  • Black youth under 18 were stopped at more than 10 times the rate of their white peers, with an even greater disparity for Black versus white boys.
  • Police also searched Black youth under 18 far more often than they did white youth: 738 compared to just four.
  • In DCPS, 92% of school-based arrests are of Black students (60% of the student body). And 29% of school-based arrests are of students with disabilities (18% of the student body).

7 out of 8 Children Stopped by Police are Black

Percent of Youth Under 16 Subjected to DC Metropolitan Police Department Stops (July 22 to December 31, 2019)

Real Stories

A significant racial disparity exists among the certified lactation consultants. We’re working with the Department of Health on a subsidized preparatory class to increase the number of racial and ethnic minorities to better mirror our population.

michal-youngDr. Michal Young, Neonatologist, DC American Academy of Pediatrics
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