This edition of South Dakota Kids Count Quarterly examines results of the 2009/2010 National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs (NS-CSHCN). More specifically, it compares and contrasts six outcomes identified by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau for Native Americans/Alaskan Natives in seven States: Arizona, Alaska, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, and South Dakota. Data on 40,242 children were obtained from the Data Resource Center for Child & Adolescent Health. Six State outcomes are discussed and data compared in the following core outcomes: families are partners, medical home, adequate financing, early screening, easy-to-use systems, and youth with special health care needs receive services needed for transition to adulthood. Findings indicate that having a medical home was the only core outcome where non-Native families reported higher rates than Native families. For the remaining core outcomes, New Mexico families whose Native children have special health care needs had outcomes better or the same as non-Native children with the same needs. This was similar for comparisons with other Native children from the other States. Oklahoma and Montana Native families whose children have special health care needs also had higher percentages than non-Native children with the outcomes relating to adequate financing and early screening. Finally, Native children in South Dakota had a higher percentage than non-Native children for outcomes relating to transition to adulthood. 4 references. (Author abstract modified)
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