A summit will be held next year to tackle Mississippi's troublesome last-place ranking in an annual survey of children's well-being.
Officials say the January 2008 summit will be held in Jackson and will bring together child advocates, state agencies, policymakers, direct caregivers and faith-based providers.
Mississippi is ranked 50th in the annual Kids Count report on the health and well-being of children and teens that was released Wednesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation charity.
The charity measures each state's progress on 10 statistics, including infant mortality, poverty rates, single-parent families and babies born with low birth weights.
The Annie E. Casey Foundation ranks every state each year on 10 health indicators for children. Here are the indicators with Mississippi's rates and ranking:
31%, ranking 50
62%, ranking 49
47%, ranking 50
9%, ranking 36
11%, ranking 45
43%, ranking 50
9.8%, ranking 49
31%, ranking 45
102 deaths, ranking 48
11.6%, ranking 50
Source: Annie E. Casey Foundation