Outcome: Healthy Children

Indicator: Uninsured Children under 19

Significance of this indicator:

According to the Colorado Health Foundation, uninsured children are three times more likely to forgo seeing a doctor.  Uninsured children are less likely to be fully immunized and will not receive important guidance about health, nutrition and childhood safety.  Care for acute and chronic illness is often delayed until conditions become severe and children without insurance also have higher mortality rates after sustaining trauma.

How we are doing on this indicator:

2009-2011
Between 2009 through 2011, the percentage of uninsured children in Pueblo has been lower than in Colorado as a whole.  Although Pueblo’s uninsured rate increased by 32% from 2009 to 2010, the rate decreased by 15% in 2011, and was 3% less than Colorado. 

2012-2013
Between 2012 through 2013, the percentage of uninsured children in Pueblo continued to be lower than in Colorado as a whole.  Pueblo's percentage rate decreased by 1 percentage point from 2011 to 2012, and then increased by .5 percent point rom 2012 to 2013.  Colorado's percentage decreased by .6 percentage points from 2011 to 2012, and then decreased by .1 percentage point from 2012-2013.
 

What the Data Tell Us

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Definition:  Uninsured rates based on Colorado Health Institute (CHI) analyses of data from the 2009, 2010 and 2011 American Community Surveys (ACS). A child was counted as uninsured if his or her parent reported that the child did not have any form of health insurance at the time at which the ACS questionnaire was administered. CHI applied a method developed by the University of Missouri to apportion ACS geographic strata to Colorado counties in order to yield county-level estimates. Due to several counties being part of the same ACS stratum, uninsured rates will be similar for several rural counties.


Data Source:  Colorado Health Institute
Provided by the Colorado Children’s Campaign, Kids Count Data Center 

Data Considerations: N/A