Recently, the Commonwealth Fund released a scorecard on childrens' health care outcomes that trumpeted major differences in outcomes from state to state.

According to the report, "there is a twofold or greater spread between the best and worst states across important indicators of access and affordability, prevention and treatment, and potential to lead healthy lives."

It's the sort of report you've read or skimmed through hundreds of times—with the ultimate, unsurprising conclusion that regional differences in U.S. health care are as stark as ever. But tucked beneath the usual headlines were a series of inspiring stories about a diverse collection of states partnering with hospitals and other providers to improve childrens' health care across the spectrum.

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