Survey: Kids in Iowa are happier, safer than peers


August 15th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A new study finds that Iowa children feel healthier, happier and safer than children do nationally. The Iowa Child and Family Household Health Survey was released Tuesday by the University of Iowa’s Public Policy Center, which conducts the study every five years. The survey found 97 percent of children in Iowa have health insurance, compared to 91 percent nationally. Nine in 10 Iowa kids rate themselves in good or excellent health, and few have problems getting care when they need it. The vast majority of children reported feeling safe in communities and schools. Researcher Peter Damiano says in a statement that Iowa’s children “are generally quite healthy and safe” and Iowans should be proud of parents, schools and communities. But he says low-income children face disparities that could be addressed.