Posts byTara Haelle

Illinois Ahead of Nation in Child Health, But Spike in Poverty Threatens Gains

The child poverty rate has jumped five percentage points since 2005 in Illinois, according to a report assessing child poverty, education, health and well-being in the nation. Though Illinois is among the national leaders in children’s access to healthcare and other health indicators, it ranks mostly in the middle for overall children’s welfare in the
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GAO Report: More Oversight of Foster Children’s Mental Health Care Required

A new report from the Government Accountability Office reveals that foster children’s use of psychotropic medications are better managed now than a few years ago, but prescription practices still require much more oversight. Psychotropic medications are those prescribed to treat mental health conditions, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, depression, bipolar and similar disorders. “It’s
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Poverty Remains Major Obstacle to Illinois' Youngest; Minorities Hit Hardest

The youngest Illinoisans may fare a bit better than most of their peers across the U.S. when it comes to health care, but they face the same challenges in poverty and income disparity, based on a recent report. The newest findings from Child Trends, a nonprofit, nonpartisan research center focusing on children’s well-being, reveal wide
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Op-Ed: The Skinny on Obesity Reports

There’s little doubting the feel-good news that obesity among low-income preschoolers is declining. Perhaps falling obesity rates among older children, teens and young adults will follow, reversing a trend that has threatened the overall health and even the national security of the country. Yet to speed the decline in obesity among preschoolers, it’s vital that
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