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2021 Kids Count Data Book Now Available

The 32nd edition of the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT Data Book describes how children across the United States were faring before — and during — the coronavirus pandemic. This year’s publication continues to deliver the Foundation’s annual state rankings and the latest available data on child well-being. It identifies multi-year trends — comparing statistics from 2010 to 2019. In addition, the report shares data on how families endured the pandemic, sharing data from the Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey.

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FACH Member Hospitals Among Top Ranked by U.S. News & World Report

Once again, several FACH member hospitals have ranked in the top 50 among all U.S. children’s hospitals.

Hospitals and their rankings include:

Children’s Cancer Hospitals

UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital – #45

Pediatric Cardiology and Heart Surgery

UF Health Shands Childen’s Hospital – #7

Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, Orlando – #40

Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital at Memorial, Hollywood – #49

Pediatric Diabetes and Endocrinology

UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital – #12

Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, Orlando – #29

Wolfson Children’s Hospital – #44

Holtz Children’s Hospital at UM-Jackson Memorial Medical Center – #47

Children’s Neurology and Neurosurgery

UF Health Shands, Gainesville – #45

Pediatric Orthopedics

Joe Dimaggio Children’s Hospital at Memorial, Hollywood – #32

Wolfson Children’s Hospital, Jacksonville -#46

Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, Orlando – #48

Children’s Pulmonology and Lung Surgery Hospitals

UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital – #21

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital – #36

Pediatric Neurology

UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital -#46

Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children -#49

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Florida Association of Children's Hospitals' Response to State's Healthcare Budget
Statement: Florida Association of Children’s Hospitals Response to Proposed Healthcare Budget Cuts

“The Florida Legislature recently released budget proposals that would result in significant cuts to hospitals, including a base rate reduction and the elimination of the Critical Care Funds. While both chambers have provided protections from these cuts to several specialty-licensed, or free-standing, children’s hospitals, the majority of children’s hospitals that exist within larger health care systems would experience disproportionately large reductions in inpatient and outpatient funding.”

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Florida Association of Children’s Hospitals Endorses Children's Week

“The Florida Legislature recently released budget proposals that would result in significant cuts to hospitals, including a base rate reduction and the elimination of the Critical Care Funds. While both chambers have provided protections from these cuts to several specialty-licensed, or free-standing, children’s hospitals, the majority of children’s hospitals that exist within larger health care systems wou

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School COVID-19 Closures Hurting Teens' Mental Health

According to Axios, hospitals have experienced a sharp increase in mental health emergencies among youngsters. Health professionals are concerned about the role social isolation has played on their mental and emotional wellbeing during the pandemic.

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Despair Deepens for Young People as Pandemic Drags On
The Commonwealth Fund's 2020 Scorecard on State Health System Performance

All 50 states and the District of Columbia were assessed on more than 40 measures of access to health care, quality of care, efficiency in care delivery, health outcomes, and income-based health care disparities. This is in context with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Best and Worst States for Children's Health Care 2020

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to get worse, it’s more important now than ever to safeguard the health of America’s children. While children are less likely than adults to experience serious symptoms from COVID-19, they are still able to contract the disease and spread it to others. Children also may be less apt to practice good hygiene than adults, so now is a good time to teach them how to stay clean and minimize their chances of getting sicLuckily, around 95% of children ages 0 to 18 have health insurance. However, the high coverage rate hasn’t translated to lower health costs for parents. According to a recent study, health care costs have risen to almost twice their level in the 1980s. Some families can find relief through Medicaid or through the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). However, many people who don’t qualify for government assistance will still struggle, especially in the difficult economic situation caused by COVID-19.

But it’s a different story in every state. WalletHub therefore compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 33 key indicators of cost, quality and access to children’s health care. The data set ranges from share of children aged 0 to 17 in excellent or very good health to pediatricians and family doctors per capita.

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COVID-19 Reports & Resources

Children's Hospitals Association Information

Children’s hospitals and health systems are continuing to meet the health care needs of children and their communities during the pandemic. Children’s Hospital Association continues to monitor the situation and work with member hospitals to share information, experiences and best practices. Learn more here.

Florida Pediatric Covid Hospitalization Data

The Florida Hospital Association conducts a twice weekly survey of Florida hospital data regarding Covid. Data also is collected from HHS. At the request of the Florida Association of Children’s Hospital, FHA also collects pediatric Covid data. The most recent is available hereNote: The pediatric data is collected from all Florida hospitals responding, not just children’s hospitals. There are 119 hospitalized pediatric Covid patients as of 9/15/21, which is a decrease of 19 patients from the previous survey. Of the pediatric hospitalizations, a less than a quarter (23%) are in ICU. 15% are are on vents. Less than 1% of Florida’s Covid hospitalizations are of children under 18.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), kids account for a very small number (1.8%) of Covid hospitalizations nationwide. This is attributed to the fact that the virus just doesn’t hit children as hard as adults, they are less likely to get infected with Covid than other age groups, and if infected, they generally have milder symptoms. Out of more than 520,000 Covid deaths the CDC has demographic data on in the U.S., fewer than 500 were under 18.

Some children with Covid still an end up in the hospital. Some 4,404 children nationwide have gotten a rare, but serious, inflammatory syndrome caused by Covid known as MIS-C; 37 have died from it, according to the CDC.

Record Deaths and Child Cases in State