LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The latest data released on children's
health in Kentucky shows 23 percent of the state's youngest people
live in poverty, and more than half of them rely on state programs
to meet their dental health needs.
Data released Tuesday showed that from 2001 to 2010, the number
of children enrolled in state health programs who received dental
services grew from 38 percent to 57 percent.
The numbers were released by the Kentucky Kids Count project,
which measures children's well-being using more than 100 different
factors. Highlighted this year in the project's 21st annual county
breakdown of data is oral health.
The numbers show that from 2000 to 2010, Kentucky's population
of children between the ages of 0 and 17 grew from about 995,000 to
slightly more than 1 million.