2023 Child Health Report Card

Published April 11, 2023

On April 4th, NC Child and the NC Institute of Medicine released the 2023 Child Health Report Card. Since 1997, this biannual report has presented 15 key indicators of child health.


In 2023, North Carolina earned failing grades in several key areas, including Mental Health, School Health, Housing & Economic Security, and Birth Outcomes. However, the state is making progress in other areas, including preconception health & maternal health support, and substance use.


The North Carolina Child Health Report Card, issued bi-annually by the North Carolina Institute of Medicine and NC Child, tracks key indicators of child health and well-being in four areas: Healthy Births, Access to Care, Secure Homes and Neighborhoods, and Health Risk Factors. The report provides data on such health concerns and risk factors as asthma, teen births, infant mortality, poverty, and child deaths.