Health & Safety

August 23th, 2022
Health and Safety
  • The percentage of DC children covered by Medicaid or Healthy Families pulls from a DC Department of Health Care Finance presentation.
  • Child enrollment in Medicaid and the percent of the child population covered by DC Medicaid (excluding DC Healthy Families enrollees) pull from The Georgetown University Center for Children and Families’ Snapshot of Children with Medicaid by Race and Ethnicity, 2018.
  • Child enrollment in DC Healthy Families data points pull from the DC Department of Health Care Finance Monthly Medicaid and Alliance Enrollment Reports.
  • Data points on consistency of health insurance coverage and having had a preventative care visit in the past year use the 2020-2021 two-year averages from the National Survey of Child Health data.
  • All data points about rates of suicide attempts pull from 2021 Youth Risk Behavior Survey results.
  • SNAP child enrollment is based on responses to data requests to the Department of Human Services, as reported on the Kids Count Data Center. Data on the race of the head of household in families receiving SNAP are from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s annual Characteristics of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Households report.
  • Information about the number of grocery stores per ward pulls from DC  Hunger Solutions 2023 report “Still Minding the Grocery Gap in D.C: a 2023 Update.”
  • Data on foster care participation pull from
  • Information on police stops and searches of minors pull from
  • Information on use-of-force pulls from
  • Information on arrests of minors pulls from
  • The data points on school-based arrests use DC School Report Card data. While nominally this source should cover all DC public schools, both traditional and charter, only DCPS data were included in the report for this measure because there appear to be some issues with the school-based arrest data. When looking at the LEA level, the vast majority of arrests seem to occur in DCPS, with only a handful at 3 charters and none at most charters. While this is possible, it seems improbable, suggesting a data issue. In addition, when looking at the school level data, the numbers differ from the totals in the LEA and DC-wide data (while the LEA tab suggests that 3 charter LEAs have 4 arrests each, the school tab lists each of those three as only having 2 arrests each).
  • Home visiting data pull from the 2023 annual report.
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DC Kids Count is powered by DC Action and provides the best available data to measure and track the well-being of our District’s children and young adults. Research for DC Kids Count is funded in part by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The findings and conclusions presented are those of DC Action’s alone, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Foundation.