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Tue July 28, 2009
Kentucky 41st in Child Well-Being
By Angela Hatton
Frankfort, KY – Kentucky ranks 41st in overall child well-being according to an annual survey. The Kids Count Data Book from the Annie E. Casey Foundation measures social, economic, and physical factors affecting children. Since 2000, the state has improved in indicators like child death rate and percent of teens who are high school dropouts. The Commonwealth worsened in areas such as low birth weight and percentage of children living in poverty. Information collected for the survey helps policy-makers shape health legislation and initiatives.