Investing in the health of all children makes sense. Healthy children are more likely to do well in school, receive less costly care sooner, have more productive lives and suffer fewer lifelong health problems.

Overview

  • Click here to review the MarinKids 2014 Data and Action Guide Health and Wellness Section.
  • Click here to review 2014 Health & Wellness Data and Charts.

Investing in the health of all children makes sense for promoting lifelong health, the health of all children in our community and saving education and public health costs. Healthy children are more likely to do well in school and have fewer health problems throughout their lives.

Healthcare Access and Utilization

Most children in Marin have access to excellent preventive care and have healthcare coverage. Children who have health insurance are more likely to receive routine preventive care and screening. As a result, they are much less likely to be treated in an emergency room and more likely to have health concerns identified early.

  • 97% of Marin’s children have health insurance. 28% of Marin children (15,000) 0-18 receive health insurance through public and low-cost local programs available to lower income families. Many are insured through local funding efforts.
  • 90% of Marin children had a doctor visit in the past year. (CHIS, 2012)

The rate of kindergarteners in Marin with all required immunizations has steadily fallen. Marin’s immunization rate is significantly lower than the state rate of 90% primarily due to families opting our due to personal beliefs rather than lack of access to medical care or specific conditions.

  • 20% of Marin’s kindergartners did not have required immunizations. (California Department of Public Health, 2014)

Oral Health

Oral health is critical to overall health and prevention is vital to oral health.

  • 91% of children in Marin had seen a dentist in the past year.
  • 12% of children 2-11 had never seen a dentist. (CHIS, 2012)

Mental Health

Access to mental health services and interventions are limited in Marin, particularly for lower income families. Due to years of budget cuts, schools have fewer resources for counseling and emotional supports for children and teens experiencing emotional distress.

  • 20% of Marin students in 7th, 9th and 11th grades reported feeling so sad or hopeless in the past 12 months almost every day for two or more weeks.

Childhood Obesity

As a result of the obesity epidemic, children today belong to the first generation of Americans whose life expectancy is projected to be shorter than their parents.

  • 55% of economically disadvantaged 5th graders were at a healthy weight compared to 81% of those not economically disadvantaged.
  • Less than 60% of 5th graders, and 51% of 7th and 9th graders met all physical fitness standards.