Voices for Illinois Children has released a 2020 Illinois KIDS COUNT report that looks at indicators of children’s health as well as data related to the social determinants of health.

According to the Voices for Illinois Children’s website: “The data shows significant disparities by race and ethnicity in infant mortality, birth weight, blood lead levels, and emergency room asthma visits among other health indicators. Yet, this data also needs to be viewed in the context of social determinants. Housing, education levels, household and family incomes, and transportation also affect our children’s health.”

Bar chart from Illinois KIDS COUNT 2020 report showing racial disparities children born at low birth weight.

Recommendations in the report include:

  • Mandate state agency collection of detailed demographic data (especially for All Kids enrollment).
  • Make additional investments in school-based health centers.
  • Improve All Kids Managed Care Organization (MCO) operations.
  • Increase community-based mental health services.
  • Address racial and ethnic disparities in infant mortality.
  • Provide economic supports.
These maps showing rates of abuse/neglect by county are also included in the 2020 Illinois KIDS COUNT report.