Last week BC’s provincial heath officer (PHO), released the report, Taking the Pulse of the Population: An Update on the Health of British Columbians. One of the four areas highlighted for more attention is early childhood development. The report recommends that government increase support for programs and policies that focus on health among women (including pregnant and post-partum women), children, youth and families. The report notes that all in health authorities “children are becoming increasingly vulnerable in terms of their social development.” and “that the trend is moving away from the target…”
A quick look at Appendix C (pages 268-270), which offers a summary of the data measures used in the report, shows worrying trends in infant mortality, low birth weight, and growing inequities in life expectancy, among other concerns.