By Erin Blasko:

The University of Notre Dame is partnering with Ready to Grow St. Joe to assess the social, emotional, physical and cognitive development of children age birth to eight in St. Joseph County — part of an effort to better inform future health prevention and intervention efforts in the county, where 30 percent of young children live in poverty.

Financed with a $25,000 Community Health Partnerships grant from the Indiana CTSI, the assessment will document the current status of young children in the county and the need for programming and policy to address gaps and promote improved health and well-being.

In addition, it will examine levels of access within certain populations as well as long-term trends in care and education, and it will compare St. Joseph County to other like counties in the state based on population, income, demographics and other characteristics.

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