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Research & Statistics

Obtaining Data

Obtaining Data Children's Defense Fund

The mission of the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) is to leave no child behind and to ensure every child a healthy start, a head start, a fair start, a safe start and a moral start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities. CDF provides a strong, effective voice for all the children of America who cannot vote, lobby or speak for themselves and pays particular attention to the needs of poor and minority children and those with disabilities. CDF educates the nation about the needs of children and encourages preventive investment before they get sick or into trouble, drop out of school or suffer family breakdown. CDF began in 1973 and is a private, nonprofit organization supported by foundation and corporate grants and individual donations. Their Web site includes national and State data on a cariety of topics.

March of Dimes

The March of Dimes has developed PeriStats, an online source for perinatal statistics. The PeriStats Web site is an interactive perinatal data resource providing maternal, infant and child health-related data at the State level and, for many indicators, at the county level. Data is also available for the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. PeriStats extracts data from NCHS and presents the data in graphs and charts. The Web site also provides comparative data and rankings.

Kaiser Family Foundation

The Kaiser Family Foundation Web site contains the latest State-level data on demographics, health and health policy including health coverage, access, financing and State legislation. You may compare data for all the States by choosing a topic in the category listing. Information will be displayed as bar graphs, tables or color-coded maps.

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