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Beatties Ford Road Child Health Concerns & Interventions
As related to Mecklenburg and NC Health Statistics
The Beatties Ford Road Group has completed both Interviews and a Population Survey in order to better understand the main underlying health concerns of the 28216 area. Unfortunately the majority of statistics (negating our survey stats) related to either North Carolina as a whole or Mecklenburg County. However our interviews and survey mimicked these results for the 28216 area. In order of top priority our major child helth concerns were: Childhood Obesity, Diabetes, and Lack of Childhood Dental Care. The graphics and statistics below will represent a wider source of data, yet will help to solidify our arguments towards the three main health concern. In our original phone interview with Mrs. Elleanor Washington (audio conversation on the Inteview Page) she can be heard stating that the three main, total population problems that Carolina's Medical Center (CMC) Biddleville has attacked in the past were Obesity, Hypertension, and Diabetes. She at one point even mentions that CMC had once, state funded programs which allowed for free Blood Pressure and Diabetes prevention care. Our survey's were our main push towards the topics of Obesity and Diabetes. Jacquelyn Howard conducted an interview with a Representative from CMC Biddlepoint Pediatric Dental/Public Health, who gave greater insight into the current dental care recommendtation being given to parents in the area.
(32)Weight Status Based on BMI Percentiles for Age and Sex Ages 10–17
Sixty-four percent of children ages 10–17 in North Carolina are in the recommended range for weight relative to height based on BMI percentiles for age and sex. Only 5 percent are classified as underweight, while 16 percent are overweight, and 15 percent are obese. One-third of children ages 10–17 are overweight or obese. Child weight status varies by physical activity level, TV viewing time, and daily servings of sweetened beverages, chips & fries, and fruits & vegetables. (9)
*Statewide Diabetes Statistics related to Diabetes.
Dates Range to 2003
Charts Obtained From :
3. Insufficient Dental Care
After conducting the survey of the Beatties Ford Road it was revealed that 63% of the children had not seen a physician or dentist in the past year. (Dental exams and ranked #6 amongst those we surveyed on their children’s health issues of concern.) While limited access to healthcare may be an issue for some, 93% of those that completed our survey reported, actually having healthcare coverage. In order to help decrease the number of children with limited access to healthcare North Carolina implemented The State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) called North Carolina Health Choice for Children (N.C. Health Choice), which was authorized by Congress in 1997 (22). This program provided comprehensive healthcare coverage including dental, vision and hearing services. Although the program has made a tremendous impact on access to dental care for school aged children, dental care still remains an issue.
The National Institute of Health states the following (25):
-Nearly 20 percent of children between the ages of 2 and 4 have detectable caries (cavity).
-Dental caries is an infectious, communicable disease resulting in destruction of tooth structure
-By the age of 17 almost 80 percent of young people have had a cavity.
-There remain large segments of the population in which the disease remains a major problem.
-Detailed in the Surgeon General's Report on Oral Health, these health disparities tend to be clustered in minority children, the economically underprivileged, older persons, the chronically- ill, and institutionalized persons.
In the interview with the Practice Manager of the Pediatric Clinic, when asked “What do you think are the top three concerns of children in the area in reference to dental care?” the response was, “Not having regular dental visits, carious teeth (cavities), but prevention is #1.” (Please view the interview in its entirety by clicking the interviews tab. (14))
To provide dental education and awareness there are certain things in place such as the month of February being “National Children's Dental Health Month” and "Give Kids a Smile Day" which was created by the American Dental Association. Throughout the year, the dentists and staff at the Mecklenburg County Health Department and the Pediatric Dental Clinic at CMC-Biddle Point provide education to the community by conducting tooth-brushing demonstrations, screenings, preventive care and treatment to tackle the issues that lie within children and dental care. (16)
With obesity and diabetes being the other health concerns for the children in the area, it is also important to note that connections have been made between oral health and nutrition. Please view the link below for more information (19).
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