Children’s health outcomes are influenced by the communities they live in. Place Matters: Where Children Grow Up Can Help Determine Health Outcomes suggests that indicators of children’s health such as low birth weight, childhood obesity, asthma rates, elevated blood lead levels and rates of health insurance coverage are at least partially determined by where children live in the state. Availability and accessibility of resources—such as prenatal care, full-service grocery stores, and health insurance—and environmental factors—such as air quality and the prevalence of lead—can affect whether or not children have the opportunity to grow up healthy.
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