Connecting the Dots snapshots bring together data and stories to provide new insights about the health and well-being of children and families in L.A. County. The series also highlights the great work happening throughout the county.
The following four snapshots in the 2017 series draw upon data from birth records to examine regional differences and trends in births and healthy birth indicators across L.A. County. Why do these trends and regional differences matter? Understanding demographic trends is critical for planning services and systems to meet the changing needs of children and families. Historic service distribution patterns across the county may need to change to meet shifting demographic conditions. Communities with the largest concentrations of young children need the infrastructure and resources to support these families. Decades of research show investments in young children and families pay off. Assuring a healthy start for children should be one of the highest priorities for our county – our future literally depends on it.