A Child is a Child: A Snapshot of Black Children’s Health in California

A Child is a Child: A Snapshot of Black Children’s Health in California


As our nation and state’s child population continues to grow increasingly diverse, we must activate efforts and implement strategies that address the immediate and long term health and wellbeing of all children, regardless of background. Specifically, we must acknowledge the health inequities that continue to persist in the lives of marginalized children in California and in the rest of the nation. 

To provide a snapshot of the health needs of our children, The Children’s Partnership developed a series of fact sheets as part of its “A Child is a Child” campaign. This campaign unites a strong and diverse coalition of individuals and organizations to fight for the right of every child. Across issue areas, our shared resources, experiences and perspectives will help ensure a healthy and bright future for all children.

The fact sheet series will discuss factors that contribute to disparate health outcomes, such as food insecurity, poverty-stricken households, childhood trauma, along with many other systemic inequities that persist in the lives of marginalized children. This research lays the foundation for a collective equity agenda to transform current programs and policies that ensure all children, no matter their background, have the resources and opportunities they need to reach their full potential and lead healthy lives.


As Black History Month comes to a close, this year, we want to highlight the ways in which historical oppression impacts the health of California’s nearly half a million Black children today.

As #AChildIsAChild, #ABlackChildIsAChild, and the first fact sheet in our series works to acknowledge the inequities facing Black children in California that impact their success and healthy development.


Please Note: The Children’s Partnership collected Black children’s data from U.S. Census Bureau’s 2018 one-year population estimates. This does not include Black children who also identify as multiracial. All numbers in this fact sheet have been rounded to the nearest whole number. Original data and sources are available here.