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Kids Rely on the State Budget to Support Their Healthy Development

Health impacts every aspect of a child’s life and is one of the most important components of overall child well-being. As the Kentucky legislature faces tough decisions in crafting the next biennial state budget in coming months, it’s imperative that we as a Commonwealth ensure that the more than one million Kentucky children have access to the support they need for their healthy development. Kentucky kids rely on vital state programs, such as HANDS, KCHIP, Medicaid, [...]

By | 2017-11-13T22:11:53+00:00 November 13th, 2017|Blog, Health, Medicaid|

First Do No Harm: A Role for Pediatricians and Healthcare Providers in Youth Justice Reform

A common principle exists in the medical field that physicians should “first, do no harm.” A new journal article by the American Academy of Pediatrics draws to light the need for that principle to be applied in the youth justice field as we hold youth accountable for the behavior that brings them into the youth justice system. The research has been clear for years that locking up youth can disrupt a child's development just as [...]

By | 2017-03-22T16:51:07+00:00 March 22nd, 2017|Blog, Health, Safety, Youth Justice|

Healthy Smile, Healthy Kid

Throughout February, we are celebrating National Children’s Dental Health Month (NCDHM), established by American Dental Association (ADA) and the ADA Foundation.  The celebration allows local communities, parents, and health care professionals to place emphasis on children’s oral health and best practices.  Often times, children, especially, need encouragement and reminding when it comes to cleaning and taking care of their teeth. Parents and caregivers can show kids fun and interactive ways that brushing for two minutes [...]

By | 2017-02-22T17:03:45+00:00 February 22nd, 2017|Blog, Health|

Spread Love and Smiles this February

February is more than the month of love. It’s also a month when thousands celebrate the smiles of children across the nation. National Children’s Dental Health Month (NCDHM), established by the American Dental Association (ADA) and the ADA Foundation, brings together dedicated dental professionals, healthcare providers, and educators to promote the benefits of good oral health to children, their caregivers, teachers, and many others. This year’s NCDHM campaign slogan is “Choose Tap Water for a [...]

By | 2017-02-01T22:39:54+00:00 February 1st, 2017|Blog, Health|

A Definition to Smile About

During the FDI World Dental Federation General Assembly this past fall, a new definition of oral health was approved. Previously, there was room for the definition to be modified depending on the individuals or organizations impacted. Now, the new definition acknowledges the multifaceted nature and attributes of oral health and unites patients, health care professionals, policy makers, and other oral health stakeholders on how to best advocate for oral health. Oral health is now defined [...]

By | 2017-01-18T16:41:09+00:00 January 18th, 2017|Blog, Health|

Giving Cavities the Brush Off with National Brush Day!

Most kids will tell you the exciting part of Halloween is all of the candy! But with all of that extra candy comes an increased risk of cavities. That’s why on November 1st, we celebrate National Brush Day to discuss the importance of oral hygiene. The holiday aims to reinforce the importance of children’s oral health and promote good tooth-brushing habits. Unfortunately, tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease in the United [...]

By | 2016-10-31T16:17:57+00:00 October 31st, 2016|Blog, Health|

Special Report: Covering More Parents through Medicaid Expansion Helps Kentucky Kids

All children, especially those living in low-income and vulnerable families, need access to affordable health care. Today, we released a special report, Medicaid Expansion in Kentucky: Benefits to Kids and Families, which examines the numerous family and child health benefits that result from parents having affordable health coverage. The new report features research that shows parent health impacts child health. More specifically, when parents have health coverage, their children are more likely to be insured, too. [...]

By | 2016-09-07T07:38:04+00:00 September 7th, 2016|Blog, Health, Medicaid|

Join us for a Soda Free August

How many times during these hot, humid summer months have you or your children grabbed the first drink you see in your fridge just to quench your thirst? What you may not think about is what you grab to drink can directly affect your health, especially your dental health. National organizations such as Campaign for Dental Health, the School-Based Health Alliance, the Center for Vulnerable Populations, and The Children’s Partnership have joined forces to encourage parents, [...]

By | 2016-08-04T09:25:07+00:00 August 4th, 2016|Blog, Health|

KET’s Health Three60: “The Hidden Life of Your Mouth”

Photo courtesy of KET Kentucky Educational Television (KET) recently featured the Health Three60 episode, “The Hidden Life of Your Mouth.” The episode focused on poor oral health as a gateway to systemic health problems, successful school-based prevention programs, and how oral health impacts quality of life and employment. Review highlights and watch the full episode below. Dr. Julie McKee, Kentucky’s state dental director, and Dr. Steve Wrightson, Medical Director of Bluegrass Community Health [...]

By | 2016-07-19T11:17:41+00:00 July 19th, 2016|Blog, Health|

Nearly 2,000 Student Oral Health Screenings Will Make Smiles Happen

Good oral health is an integral component of healthy development and optimal childhood learning. Children free from dental pain and infection can focus on their schooling. Tooth decay and other dental diseases can not only have long-lasting impacts on a child’s ability to learn, but also to speak and eat. That is why the Making Smiles Happen Surveillance Initiative is a critical assessment in monitoring Kentucky children’s oral health status. Conducting a statewide survey of children’s [...]

By | 2016-06-01T16:03:05+00:00 June 1st, 2016|Blog, Health|