Rob Thompson, Executive Director of the Covenant with North Carolina’s Children, recently wrote an article about how the 2011-2013 state budget cuts valuable health resources for at-risk children in Eastern North Carolina. The article begins:
“We know that healthy children learn better, grow stronger and become more successful adults. Unfortunately, children in eastern North Carolina have traditionally suffered from disproportionately high rates of obesity, infant mortality, smoking and other health-related problems. Rather than closing the gap between eastern North Carolina and the rest of the state, the 2011-13 state budget will only make the disparity worse.
In an effort to improve the health and well-being of our children, federal, state and local governments have spent decades creating a broad infrastructure of health-related programs and services. While this infrastructure has never worked perfectly, it plays a crucial role in our continuing efforts to improve children’s health, particularly in areas suffering from a high concentration of poverty (in three eastern North Carolina counties, the childhood poverty rate tops 40% and in over a dozen others the rate exceeds 30%)…”
Read the rest of the article at NCPolicyWatch.com.