Tennessee Children’s Health Improving, Still Among Worst

Knoxville (WVLT) - The results are in for the yearly Kids Count report, a national report on child welfare, and while it's better for the Volunteer State, it's still not good!

Tennessee improved in the same places, stayed the same in others, but faced set backs in some as well.

Volunteer TV’s Stacy McCloud breaks it all down.

When it comes to the welfare of Tennessee children, the Volunteer State once again gets bad news.

Ten key indicators come into play in this particular ranking.

Low birth weight babies, infant mortality, child death rate, teen death rate, teen birth rate, high school drop out rate, teens not in school and not working, percentage of children whose parents have stable employment, child poverty rate, and children living in single parent families.

Of those ten, we get put in the bottom tenth nationwide in half of them – low birth weight babies, infant mortality, teen death, teens not in school and not working, and single parent families.

Overall we get a ranking of 43rd. Obviously, not a good place to be, but it is better than last year, when Tennessee ranked 46th.

We saw improvement in four categories, with our improvements in child death rate and infant mortality greater than national improvements.

Infant mortality improved three spots, going from 46th to 43rd.

The child death rate saw a much more significant improvement going all the way from a ranking of 36th last year to 29th this year.

Teen birth rate moves one spot from 41st to 40th

And the high school drop out rate went all the way from a 42nd ranking last year to 27th.

Still yet, 43rd is far from the top, Minnesota gets that ranking.

Mississippi gets the worst.

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