RESEARCH AREAS > Welfare/Social Insurance > Evaluating the CalWORKs Mandate: The California CalWORKs Survey Measure (Q5) and Immunization Rates of Preschool Children in Poverty
Evaluating the CalWORKs Mandate: The California CalWORKs Survey Measure (Q5) and Immunization Rates of Preschool Children in Poverty
Child immunization has been a public health concern for sometime. The low immunization rate, especially prevalent among low-income families, could lead to the spread of preventable infections and an increase in child morbidity and mortality. Earlier research has demonstrated that child immunization improves when tied to other social program. In California, CalWORKs mandates cash aid recipients to immunize children 6 years and younger. This research will explore the utility of the California CalWORKs Survey (Q5) dataset for examination of the immunization of preschool age children in families on welfare in California. The Q5 dataset can be an important tool for (1) tracking of immunization of preschool children of families on welfare in California, and (2) for evaluation of the CalWORKs immunization mandate. The Q5 is stratified sample of families on welfare that is representative of the state's welfare caseload.