Erica Pandey, Axios, January 22
Neighborhoods matter. Children who live in neighborhoods with quality early childhood education and schools, safe housing, access to healthy food, parks and playgrounds and clean air are more likely to grow into healthy, productive adults than children who don’t. A new report
from researchers at Brandeis University finds that black and Hispanic children are much less likely than white children to live in neighborhoods that allow for healthy growth. Some of the greatest disparities are found within a given metro area among children who only live short distances apart. In Connecticut, for example, a child living in a low-opportunity neighborhood of Bridgeport experiences conditions more similar to those of a child in a very low-opportunity neighborhood in Jackson, Miss., than to a child living just a few miles away in a high-opportunity Bridgeport neighborhood.
Cara Rosner, Connecticut Health Investigative Team, January 22
Nearly 40% of preschool-aged children nationwide have never had a vision screening, new data suggests, and there are disparities in who has been tested. During 2016 and 2017, only 63.5% of children 3 to 5 years old had their eyes tested by a doctor or other health professional, and whites were more likely to have been tested than blacks and Hispanics. Disparities also emerged along socio-economic lines and based on the type of insurance that the child had.