In Alameda County, one in three African-American children live in poverty compared with one in 15 white children. African-American students (48 percent) are far less likely to feel safe about school than white students (63 percent).
Research has shown a correlation between school safety and high school drop-out rates – so it’s no coincidence that African-American students in Alameda County are more than twice as likely to drop out as white students, according to recently-released fact sheets on children’s health.
Released by the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network (CPEHN), the “Spotlight on Children’s Health” fact sheets focused on Alameda and eight other counties with the highest number of communities of color. The other counties are: Fresno, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego, and Santa Clara.
The fact sheets underscore how children in low-income areas, particularly in communities of color, face significant barriers to leading healthy, successful lives.