The Health Resources and Services Administration’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) is pleased to present Child Health USA 2006, the 17th annual report on the health status and service needs of America’s children. The Bureau’s vision is that of a future nation in which the right to grow to one’s full potential is universally assured through attention to the comprehensive physical, psychological, and social needs of the maternal and child population. To assess the Bureau’s progress toward achieving this vision, MCHB has compiled this book of secondary data for more than 50 health status and health care indicators. It provides both graphical and textual summaries of relevant data, and addresses longterm trends where applicable and feasible.
All of the data discussed within the text of these pages is from the same sources as the information in the corresponding graphs (unless otherwise noted). Data are presented for the target populations of Title V funding: infants, children, adolescents, children with special health care needs, and women of childbearing age. Child Health USA 2006 addresses health status and health services utilization, as well as insight into the nation’s progress toward the goals set out in the MCHB’s strategic plan—to assure quality of care, eliminate barriers and health disparities, and improve the health infrastructure and systems of care.