The Philadelphia Department of Public Health’s Growing Up Philly report provides a summary of the health and well-being of Philadelphia’s youngest citizens. Findings underscore how health is inextricably tied to social and economic problems, but it also also points to evidence of progress.
Every child deserves to grow up in a healthy and nurturing environment. Experiences during childhood such as poverty, poor nutrition, or exposure to environmental hazards can shape and impact future health. Despite advances in pediatric care and public health efforts, poor and racial/ethnic minority children still face a disproportionate burden of chronic disease, premature death, and preventable illness. Growing Up Philly provides a summary of the health and well-being of Philadelphia’s youngest citizens from birth to adolescence. As the report shows, the health of Philadelphia’s children reflects the social and economic problems they face, but also contains evidence of progress.
To view the report, go here.