“Tribes are sovereign entities and there are cultural differences that have to be kept in mind whenever we do service provision, and it is best done by the tribe itself.”
—John Stephens, dental director of the Swinomish Indian Tribe
By exercising their rights to tribal self-determination, Native American communities have a crucial means of saving lives and protecting their members’ health. Legislators are aware of this. That’s why the House Community Development, Housing and Tribal Affairs Committee held a work session Feb. 25 on the oral health needs and the use of Dental Health Aide Therapists (dental therapists) in Indian Country.
Today, KIDS COUNT in Washington releases a new report, “The State of Washington’s Children 2013: Good Data for a Strong Future.”
“The State of Washington’s Children 2013” describes how Washington’s children fare in education, health care, and basic needs. It also shares the perspectives of leaders in communities of color to help us understand what this data means for families all across the state.
Though Washington has made great progress toward providing all kids with health coverage, an estimated 78,000 remain uninsured, and it’s a problem that plagues American Indian children at much higher rates than any other group.
The Annie E Casey Foundation has created a Race Matters Toolkit. The toolkit is designed to help decision-makers, advocates, and elected officials get better results in their work by providing equitable opportunities for all. Below are direct links to a few key tools.
Race Matters Toolkit User's Guide
A review of the toolkit and how to use it.
The Annie E Casey Foundation has created a Race Matters Toolkit. The toolkit is designed to help decision-makers, advocates, and elected officials get better results in their work by providing equitable opportunities for all.
In 2008, the Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration (JRA), where youth committing serious offenses are held, reported that more than 60% of youth held in JRA facilities have “significant mental health issues,” and 85% of the youth in residential care are substance abusers or chemically dependent. Click on the attached fact sheet to read more about juvenile justice in Washington.
Less than half of the state’s incoming kindergarteners are adequately prepared to succeed in school, and students in low-income communities tend to be even less prepared. Among the lowest income kindergarten classrooms in the state, only 25% of students are considered ready for kindergarten. Click on the attached fact sheet for more information about early learning in Washington.
A new report from the Children’s Alliance, Hungry in Washington 2008, is sounding an early alarm about widespread hunger in Washington households as the state and nation enter a recession.
One out of three children in Washington are children of color. Broken out by racial and ethnic groups, 6.4% of the state's 1.5 million children are Asian/Pacific Islander, 6.5% are multi-racial, 4.3% are African American, 14.5% are Hispanic and 1.8% are American Indian.
Despite some progress closing the achievent gap in recent years, children of color continue to lag behind their white classmates on the Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL) tests. In 2006, children of color trailed in every category of the 4th grade reading, writing and math WASLs. On the reading test alone, 16.9% of African American students, 16.8% of Native American students and 14.7% of Hispanic students exceeded the standards, compared to 32.8% of white students.