Children First for Oregon today released its annual report on the state of Oregon's children and families.
There are some remarkable numbers in the report.
On the good side, a lot of children have health insurance, due the Medicaid expansion that was part of the Affordable Care Act—about 96 percent in the metro area.
On the bad side, a lot of people with young kids in Oregon are hungry: "44.1% of single mothers experienced food insecurity — a rate more than ten percentage points higher than the U.S," the report says.
On the unconscionable side, the rate of teen suicide in Oregon is tragic and a disgrace.
Here's what the report says on that topic:
Suicide is more prevalent on a per capita basis in rural Oregon, and the report cited one reason for that: “Eight counties lacked any licensed mental health facilities in 2015 [the most recent year for which figures are available], putting children in these parts of the state at higher risk of mental health concerns, suicide, and self-harm.”
The advocacy group’s 2017 County Data Book is chock full of numbers, both for the state over-all and broken down on a county-by-county basis.
“Outcomes for Oregon kids are significantly impacted by where they live,” Children First for Oregon Executive Director Tonia Hunt said in a statement. “While child poverty, food insecurity, and unemployment are showing signs of improvement statewide, these gains aren’t benefiting kids evenly across our counties.”