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Dire numbers Thursday on Lubbock children's well being

By James Clark | email  

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Lubbock could do better for its children; much better.  That's the message Thursday from the Lubbock Area United Way in its 2009 Community Status Report.  It starts with a morbid observation of low birth weight babies in Lubbock County.  United Way says birth weight is the strongest indicator of infant survival or mortality.  For Lubbock County in 2005 the number is 10.5%, which is up from 10.1% in 2004 and 8.7% in 1995.  The statewide percentage of low birth weight babies is 8.3%

Infant mortality in Lubbock County is 28% above the state average.  Child abuse is well more than double the state average.  United Way says the Region 17 high school dropout rates are up from 3.4% in 2004/2005 to 12.3% in 2007/2008.  Region 17 includes more than 60 school districts in the greater Lubbock region.

The report says the best way to improve birth weight is prenatal care, which 35% of Lubbock County's pregnant women did not get in 2005.  

(CLICK HERE) to see a pdf copy of the report.

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