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Community Forum on Conditions of Children in Orange County
The annual report outlines conditions that need improvement such as childhood obesity, underweight newborns, lack of immunizations in toddlers and declining funds being spent per student in public school

November 13, 2006 :: No. 74

More kids are performing better in school, and fewer are being arrested. That’s the good news, according to the 12th annual report on the Condition of Children in Orange County, which was produced by Cal State Fullerton’s Center for Community Collaboration.
Sponsored by the Orange County Board of Supervisors and the Children and Families Commission of Orange County, the report also outlines “conditions that need improvement.” Among them: childhood obesity, which is on the rise; underweight newborns; lack of immunizations in toddlers; and declining funds being spent per student in public school.
The report will be discussed at a community forum Wednesday, Nov. 15, at CSUF’s Titan Student Union from 8 to 11:30 a.m. More than 400 representatives from various organizations that deal with children’s issues are expected to attend.
Attendees will receive a copy of the report, which was released last month. Harold Slavkin, dean of USC’s School of Dentistry, will deliver the keynote address at 9:15 a.m. His topic is: “Children and Oral Health.” A panel discussion on alternative education, immunizations and self-sufficiency will follow.

The purpose of the forum is to raise awareness about the conditions of children in Orange County and to find ways to improve them, said Michelle Berelowitz, director of CSUF’s Center for Community Collaboration.

Educators, community leaders, human service groups and law enforcement and probation officers will participate in the forum.
This year’s 196-page report contains data that provides an analysis of trends over the past decade. It includes 39 indicators — presented in four sections: good health, economic well-being, educational achievement and safe homes and communities — that describe the status of Orange County’s children.
To reserve a seat at the forum, call 657-278-3249.

Media Contacts:

Michelle Berelowitz, 657-278-5681,

Mimi Ko Cruz, Public Affairs,  657-278-7586 or

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