The purpose of this website is to present and share data, key indicators and issue
briefs on child and youth health in Florida with individuals and organizations
interested in improving the health of Florida's children. Utilizing the lead of our
Nation's Healthy People 2010 effort, a Department of Health Strategic planning process
identified goals, strategic public health core functions and sixteen leading
indicators for child and youth health in Florida as well as data sets for monitoring
outcomes over time. In October of 2001, a publication and web prototype for sharing
this information was developed. "The Health of Florida's Children and Youth: Atlas of
Key Status Indicators, Goals and Objectives for Strategic Planning" -- is available on
this website along with issue briefs, data sets and links to other child health
sites. It is our intent to continually update and improve the information.
The summary report is a collaborative effort by the Florida Department of Health's
Child Health Strategic Planning Task Force which included key stake holders, partner
agencies and Florida citizens.
This initiative for children and youth was developed to celebrate the potential for
improved child health through collaboration, review and priorization of data and
seeks to move child health forward by focusing on areas of child health that can be
improved through attention, organization, resources and measurement.
October 3 is National Child Health Day
Children are a precious gift and a source of great hope for our future. National Child Health Day celebrates
children and reminds us of the importance of nurturing a child's personal development and providing a safe
environment in which to grow.
Take the Time to Help a Child
We all have a role to play in building strong communities in which families and children are valued and supported.
It is in strong communities that children are most safe from abuse and neglect. See some of the things you can
do to prevent child abuse and neglect in your community.
Report on The Health of Florida's Children and
Synopsis: The Health of Florida's Children and Youth: An Atlas of
Key Status Indicators, Goals and Objectives for Strategic Planning was designed
to be an internet document and used as a tool for strategic planning in Florida.
It will be updated on a regular basis by the Department of Health as agencies and
units responsible for specific objectives continue to work on their strategic
objectives and provide updated data for monitoring objectives.
Florida KidCare is Florida's child health insurance program for children from birth
though age 18 who do not have insurance. Eligibility for Florida KidCare is based on
income and family size. Many non-citizen children are eligible. For more information or
a KidCare application, call toll-free 1-888-540-5437 (KIDS) or visit the Florida
KidCare web site at