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100 Arkansans Project: For Every 100 Children Under Age 18

February 21, 2023


Craig Wilson, JD, MPA
Director, Health Policy

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This infographic, part of our 100 Arkansans initiative, illustrates demographic and health statistics for Arkansas children under age 18.

Key takeaways

For every 100 children under age 18:

  • 98 report good, very good, or excellent health and two report fair or poor health.
  • 58 receive free lunch, seven receive reduced-price lunch, and 35 do not receive either.
  • 20 live in food insecure households.
  • 22 currently use a vape product.
  • 37 are obese or overweight.
  • 94 have health coverage.
  • 74 had preventive dental visits in the past year.
  • 71 have appropriate immunizations.
  • 55 diagnosed with a mental or behavioral condition receive treatment or counseling.


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  6. Arkansas Department of Human Services, Division of Aging Adults and Behavioral Health Services and University of Arkansas at Little Rock MidSOUTH Center for Prevention and Training. 2021 Arkansas prevention needs assessment survey: Statewide report.
  7. Kaiser Family Foundation. Percent of children age 0-35 months who are immunized, 2020.,%22sort%22:%22asc%22%7D
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