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Guest Post: The Importance of the “Juice Conversation”

By Dr. Julia Richerson As a pediatrician, we have the honor of working with families and children as they grow and develop as both children and parents. We develop very strong relationships with the families we work with and try as hard as we can to be a valuable resource to them. We do all of this in brief 10-15 minute visits every few months for the first few years of the child’s life. To [...]

By | 2017-06-02T11:34:53+00:00 June 2nd, 2017|Blog, Health|

Kentucky Youth Advocates Position Statement Regarding Federal Healthcare Legislation

“Is it good for kids?” That is the question we at Kentucky Youth Advocates always ask of our decision-makers, and we are applying that simple litmus test to the debates around new federal healthcare legislation. Health impacts every aspect of a child’s life and is one of the most important components of overall child well-being. For optimal health, children need access to health coverage that allows them to receive high quality care addressing their physical, behavioral, [...]

By | 2017-04-25T19:00:01+00:00 April 25th, 2017|Blog, Health|

Where Kids Live and Learn Impacts Their Health

Children’s health is touched deeply and pervasively by where they live, learn, and play – long before they get to the doctor’s office or dentist’s chair. This week, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute released their annual County Health Rankings. This easy-to-use snapshot compares counties within states to show that where you live influences how well and how long you live. The local level data makes it clear that [...]

By | 2017-03-30T14:08:43+00:00 March 30th, 2017|Blog, Economic Security, Education, Health, Safety|

Bill Supporting Children with an Incarcerated Parent Clears Final Legislative Hurdle

A bill to support one of the most vulnerable groups of children in Kentucky – children with an incarcerated parent – cleared its final hurdle this week. The Kentucky Senate concurred with changes made by the House, and SB 120, sponsored by Senator Whitney Westerfield, is now off to the Governor’s desk for signature. SB 120 emerged from the work of Governor Bevin’s Criminal Justice Policy Assessment Council that was created to identify policy solutions [...]

By | 2017-03-30T10:40:39+00:00 March 30th, 2017|Blog, Economic Security, Education, Health, Safety|

Celebrating Youth Who Speak Up for Youth

Throughout this legislative session we have celebrated many champions—legislators for sponsoring bills, Blueprint partners for spreading the word about kids’ issues, advocates for calling their elected officials on behalf of kids, and more—but another group of champions deserves our applause: the kids themselves. Young leaders have been vital throughout the legislative session in initiating legislation, communicating with decision-makers, and rallying for results. You will hear from the youth themselves in blogs in the coming weeks, [...]

By | 2017-03-23T16:51:08+00:00 March 23rd, 2017|Blog, Education, Health, Safety|

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|

Kids Are Cheering! Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children Bills Are Off to the Governor

While this year’s Kentucky General Assembly isn’t quite over because a couple of days remain for final concurrence between the two chambers, Kentucky kids can already cheer for big Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children legislative wins! Three Blueprint legislative priorities—SB 195, SB 236, and HB 180—are on their way to the Governor’s desk. One final legislative priority—SB 120—has passed both chambers, and we expect that it will get through its final concurrence and be on its [...]

By | 2017-03-17T09:38:06+00:00 March 17th, 2017|Blog, Economic Security, Education, Health, Safety, Youth Justice|

Getting the Most out of the KIDS COUNT Data Center

Our annual County Data Book has quite a bit of county level data on how kids are faring across Kentucky’s counties, yet it represents a small fraction of the approximately 100 indicators we have posted to the KIDS COUNT Data Center. If you’re not using the KIDS COUNT Data Center, you’re missing out on important information about the children and families in your community. The KIDS COUNT Data Center puts the power of data at [...]

By | 2017-03-09T14:14:58+00:00 March 9th, 2017|Blog, Economic Security, Education, Health, Kids Count, 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|