October 28, 2021

Nemours CEO: Improving children's health 'inextricably linked' to growing Florida economy

Beth Reese Cravey writes:

"Jacksonville-based Nemours Children's Health has partnered with the Florida Chamber of Commerce to help build the state economy by building a healthy future workforce.

Florida currently has the 15th largest economy in the world. To meet the chamber goal of improving to 10th by 2030 requires improving the lives of today's children, particularly those who live in poverty and have limited access to health care, Nemours President and CEO R. Lawrence Moss said.


The issues are clear in the annual Kids Count Data Book that ranks states on 16 indicators of economic well-being, health, education and family and community factors. Norin Dollard, Kids Count director at the Florida Policy Institute [emphasis added], spoke at the Nemours event.

In the 2021 report, Florida was ranked 35th overall and 12th in education. But it was 42nd in economic well-being with 737,000 children, 18 percent, of its children living in poverty and 31st in health with 343,000, or 8 percent, of children without health insurance, according to the report.

'We still have a lot of work to do,' Dollard said.

Also, pandemic-related data compiled in September showed 23 percent of adults had lost income in the last four weeks, 19 percent did not know how they would pay their next rent or mortgage and 13 percent had children who did not have food to eat in the last week, she said."


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