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Rochester First: STUDY: New York’s kids face public health, poverty, racial inequity crises


January 11, 2021

“ALBANY, N.Y. (WTEN) — On Monday, the nonprofit Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York (CCC) released “Child and Family Well-being in New York State: Ranking Risks Across 62 Counties,” an original analysis of the obstacles facing children and families statewide.

The study examines data across six metrics of health and well-being: economic security, housing, health, education, youth, and family and community. CCC says it reveals how disturbing levels of poverty, housing insecurity, health risks, educational blind spots affect kids in New York. The nonprofit says these risk factors were in place before the pandemic, threatening the ability of kids in New York to thrive and lead productive lives.

The analysis showed that several counties—Montgomery, Fulton, Oswego, Franklin, Chautauqua, Chemung, Yates, and the Bronx—are classified as in the highest-risk of at least one of the six categories. Meanwhile, Saratoga, Putnam, Nassau, Hamilton, Wyoming, Ontario, Genesee, Westchester, Tompkins, and Suffolk are considered among the lowest risk overall.”

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