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Voices for Illinois Children’s annual Illinois Kids Count reports examine the quality of life facing children and families throughout the state. The county-level and statewide statistics demonstrate trends, illustrate needs, and support policy proposals. By providing these measures of child well-being, Illinois Kids Count aims to enrich discussions about ways to ensure better futures for all children.

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The Illinois Kids Count 2014 report—“Child Health Matters”—examines the health status of the state’s children. Since children’s physical, emotional, and social well-being can be affected by a wide range of factors, the report includes indicators on access to health care, early childhood outcomes, family environment, healthy living, social and emotional well-being, oral health, special health care needs, and personal and community safety. The report documents some positive trends for children’s health in our state—fewer children without health insurance, declining infant mortality rates, fewer young children with lead poisoning, and fewer teen deaths from accidents, homicide, or suicide. Illinois Kids Count 2014 also shows disturbing disparities related to household income level, race and ethnicity, special health care needs, and other factors. Reducing disparities is imperative for improving the lives of children and their families and for building a stronger future for the state as a whole.

Advocacy & Media Resources

Carbondale   Peoria
Champaign   Quad Cities
DuPage   Quincy
East St. Louis   Rockford
Joliet   Springfield
  • Videos from Kids Count Symposiums:             
  “Reasons for Optimism in Health Reform,” Dr. Harold Pollack (Chicago – March 13, 2014)  

Illinois Kids Count 2014: “Child Health Matters”

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A limited number of Illinois Kids Count 2014 report hard copies are available by request. Please contact Yassi Baharloo for details at ybaharloo@voices4kids.org or (312) 516-5577.

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“Better Health for All Illinois Kids”
Gaylord Gieseke, President, Voices for Illinois Children

Report Overview

Access to Care

Data: Health insurance, medical assistance, primary and preventive care 

“What the ACA Means for Children”
Kay Saving, Illinois Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics 
Scott Allen, Illinois Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics

“EPSDT: How Medicaid Helps Children Get Access to Care”
John Bouman, Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law  

Early Childhood

Data: Maternal and child health, infant health, early childhood health services

“Childhood Lead Poisoning–An Evolving Challenge” 
Deanna Durica, Cook County Department of Public Health
Anita Weinberg, Illinois Lead Safe Housing Task Force

Family Environment

Data: Child poverty, child abuse and neglect, children in substitute care, home visiting, teen mothers, household health

“Give Them Your Voice”
Dave McClure, Illinois Collaboration on Youth

Healthy Living

Data: Child nutrition, physical activity, teen behavior

“The Importance and Effectiveness of Prevention” 
Karel Homrig, Prevention First
Sara Howe, Illinois Alcohol & Drug Dependence Association 

“YMCAs Support Healthier Communities Through Partnerships”      
Meg Cooch, Illinois Alliance of YMCAs

Social & Emotional Well-Being

Data: Negative experiences, family mental health

“Addressing Parental Stress in Vulnerable Families”
Carmen Valdez, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Sandra Magaña, University of Illinois at Chicago

Oral Health

Data: Oral health status, dental care

“Creating a Dental Home”
Sheila Hall, Infant Welfare Society of Chicago

Special Health Care Needs

Data: Chronic conditions, asthma, school absence, effects on children and families

“Behind the Burden of Asthma”      
Stacy Ignoffo, Chicago Asthma Consortium 

Personal & Community Safety

Data: Communities and schools, crimes against children, teen mortality

“Keeping Our Kids Safe Through Education, Community Collaboration”        
Arthur Culver, East St. Louis School District 189  

Appendix: County Data for 50 Largest Counties

Percentage of Children Without Health Insurance 
Enrollment of Children in Medical Assistance Programs 
Infant Mortality Rates 
Child Poverty
Substantiated Cases of Child Abuse and Neglect 
Rates of Child Abuse and Neglect
Children in Substitute Care 
Teen Births
Reported Crimes Against Children


Visit the Kids Count Data Center for even more statewide and county-level data that cover a range of areas, including health.