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Ensure the Future of Every Child Advocacy Association

Learn more about the six priorities listed below that our nation has the ability to solve to ensure the future of every child. 1. End child poverty; 2. Guarantee every child and pregnant woman comprehensive health and mental health coverage and services; 3. Protect every child from abuse and neglect and connect them to caring permanent families; 4. Provide high quality early childhood care and development programs for all children; 5. Ensure every child can read at grade level by fourth grade and guarantee quality education through high school graduation; and 6. Stop the criminalization of children at increasingly younger ages and invest in prevention and early intervention. ... | Read More

Fund Early Childhood Development Centers Government - Federal

The Community Preventive Services Task Force recommends publicly-funded, center-based, comprehensive early childhood development programs for low income children aged 3 to 5 years based on strong evidence of their effectiveness on preventing delay of cognitive development and increasing readiness to learn, as assessed by reductions in grade retention and placement in special education classes. ... | Read More

Implement Full-Day Kindergarden Published literature

The Community Preventive Services Task Force recommends full-day kindergarten programs to improve the health prospects of low-income and minority children, based on strong evidence that full-day programs substantially improve reading and mathematics achievement—determinants of long-term academic and health-related outcomes (e.g., reduced teen pregnancy and risk behaviors)—when compared with half-day kindergarten or full-day kindergarten on alternating days. ... | Read More

Improve High School Graduation Rate Government - non-federal

The California Research Dropout Project reviewed a wide variety of potential ways to improve high school graduation rates and summarized the evidence and efficacy. The most effective and least costly recommendations are given for states and school districts. ... | Read More


People everywhere are taking action – and they’re making a difference. From developing better eating and exercise habits to encouraging others to quit smoking, folks all across the nation are banding together to help make this country healthy. Read these three stories of success and find your inspiration to improve the health of your community.

Healthy Minnesota 2020

State seal of MinesotaThe Minnesota Department of Health has dynamically utilized America’s Health Rankings to build successful partnerships and action plans to improve health outcomes in their state.

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Live Well STL

Mary Jo Condon updates the progress of the Live Well STL initiative.  With support from United Health Foundation and the National Business Coalition on Health (NBCH), the St. Louis Area Business Health Coalition and the Midwest Health Initiative, developed Live Well STL to support St. Louis area residents in achieving and maintaining a healthy weight.

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Now in its fourth year, the MaineHealth Health Index Initiative was launched in 2009-10 with the two-fold aim of: 1) Engaging MaineHealth, Maine’s largest integrated health system, and its partners to use health data to inform needs and opportunities to improve the health of the nearly 1.0 million people in the 11 counties served by the MaineHealth system, and 2) Monitor improvements made in health status over time

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