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Iowa Ranks at the Top of the Nation in Health Care for Children

Iowa ranks at the top of the nation in health care for children, according to a new report from the Commonwealth Fund.

The Commonwealth Fund, a private foundation, earlier this month issued its State Scorecard on Child Health System Performance, 2011. The report examines states’ performance on 20 key indicators of children’s health care access and affordability; prevention and treatment; the potential to lead healthy lives; and health system equity.

Iowa and Massachusetts tied for first place in terms of overall children’s health system performance.

“The top ranking underscores the state’s commitment to children’s health and collaborations among many partners,” notes Thomas Scholz, MD, interim physician-in-chief at University of Iowa Children’s Hospital

“Early screening for childhood diseases, preventive services, and health care access for kids from lower-income families are just a few examples of how Iowa leads the nation,” says Scholz, who also serves as professor and interim head of the UI Department of Pediatrics. “The Commonwealth Fund report cites Iowa’s policies and public-private partnerships as models for other states to follow.”

In addition to its main campus in Iowa City, UI Children’s Hospital provides specialty health care services for children in communities across Iowa.

And with plans approved for a new UI Children’s Hospital, state leaders have taken a key step in meeting the health care needs of Iowa families in the 21st century.

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