Growing Up is Tough Enough

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Growing Up is Tough Enough
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Childhood is challenging enough, but it's a lot more challenging for children living in poverty. Many life circumstances affect our ability to grow up healthy and successful, but perhaps none more than our family's income. I chose data that included income variables to compare and contrast the differences in access to health and educational achievement for children with and without financial resources. The data shows that in order to become a healthier and more educated nation, we will need to focus extra resources on children from low-income families to make sure they aren't left behind.
I work for the Colorado Coalition for the Medically Underserved, where we focus on improving the health care system so it works for all our residents. We have found that making policy in silos of health, education, economic development, etc. is a missed opportunity for real progress. Our incomes, health, education, insurance status, and other social factors greatly affect our abilities to live healthy and successful lives, but these factors are all very connected and cannot be addressed separately. This project addresses the same sorts of issues from the perspective of children. The gap only increases as we age, and so helping our children get a strong start will keep them on the path to future success.