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2017 KIDS COUNT County Data Book Introduces County-Level Benchmarks for Child Well-Being

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org 2017 KIDS COUNT County Data Book Introduces County-Level Benchmarks for Child Well-Being The 2017 Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book offers the latest data on 17 measures of child well-being, showing whether outcomes for children have improved, worsened, or stayed the same over a five-year period. It also calculates how many children would be impacted if Kentucky was able to make just a 10 percent improvement for each measure. [...]

By | 2017-11-14T09:57:08+00:00 November 14th, 2017|Kids Count, News Room, Youth Justice|

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on U.S. House Passage of CHIP Funding Extension Bill

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Today, the U.S. House passed the Championing Healthy Kids Act to extend funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program for five years. We thank the House of Representatives for taking action on this critical five-year CHIP funding extension and moving the bill forward. However, we are concerned with how this bill proposes to finance the funding extension for [...]

By | 2017-11-03T15:03:39+00:00 November 3rd, 2017|Health, News Room|

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on Court Decision on Financial Support for Kentucky Relative Caregivers

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 EXT 122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Every kid deserves a family and a safe place to call home. When a child experiences the trauma of being removed from their home due to abuse or neglect they need support from caring and capable adults who have the resources to meet their needs. Relative caregivers often provide a safe alternative for kids who cannot remain safely [...]

By | 2017-10-10T17:57:16+00:00 October 10th, 2017|News Room|

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on Children’s Health Insurance Program

Contact: Mara Powell 859-496-5524 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates In mid-September, it looked like a sure win for America’s kids when it came to health care. The Hatch/Wyden bill had passed out of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, and it looked as if kids across the commonwealth and the country would be covered as funding of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) was extended. But somewhere and somehow [...]

By | 2017-10-02T12:30:16+00:00 October 2nd, 2017|News Room|

New Data Shows 1 in 4 Kentucky Children Still Live in Poverty

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 EXT 122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates New data released today by the U.S Census Bureau reveal that 247,780 Kentucky children still live in poverty. The American Community Survey one-year estimates show 25 percent of Kentucky children lived in poverty in 2016, which was not a significant change from the 2015 estimate. This estimate reveals that the percent of Kentucky children living in poverty [...]

By | 2017-09-14T12:41:15+00:00 September 14th, 2017|Economic Security, News Room|

New Health Insurance Data Shows Continued Gains for Kentucky Children and Families

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 EXT 122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates New health insurance data released today by the U.S. Census Bureau revealed that the percent of people with health insurance (of all ages) in Kentucky increased from 85.7 percent in 2013 to 94.9 percent in 2016. Kentucky now has the 8th highest rate among states of people with health insurance. The one-year estimates from the American Community [...]

By | 2017-09-12T12:59:12+00:00 September 12th, 2017|Health, News Room|

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on Governor Matt Bevin Signing SB 236 into Law

Contact: Mara Powell 859-496-5524 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Today, Kentucky Youth Advocates joined Kosair Charities®, partners in the Face It® Movement to End Child Abuse, and Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children partners to celebrate Governor Bevin's ceremonial signing of SB 236, which was sponsored by Senator Julie Raque Adams. SB 236 closes the gaps in background checks of adults working with children in schools, youth camps, and in [...]

By | 2017-08-15T12:58:40+00:00 August 15th, 2017|News Room|

2017 KIDS COUNT Data Book Reveals Gains in Health and Continued Challenges in Economic Well-being

Contact: Mara Powell 859-496-5524 mpowell@kyyouth.org 2017 KIDS COUNT® Data Book Reveals Gains in Health and Continued Challenges in Economic Well-being Kentucky Ranks 34th in Child Well-being in the U.S. JEFFERSONTOWN, KY June 13, 2017 – Kentucky ranks 34th in the nation in overall child well-being, according to the 2017 KIDS COUNT® Data Book, released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The 2017 Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book, which includes county-level data, will be [...]

By | 2017-06-13T07:13:28+00:00 June 13th, 2017|Kids Count, News Room|

Delta Dental of Kentucky Partners with Kentucky Youth Advocates to Develop Regional Oral Health Networks

Media Contact: Lynsey Trager lynsey@boxcarpr.com Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org 859-496-5524 Delta Dental of Kentucky Invests $1 Million in Regional Oral Health Networks Establishing Five Regional Networks to Develop Local, Data-Driven Oral Health Solutions Louisville, KY – Following state results published in the Making Smiles Happen: 2016 Oral Health Study of Kentucky's Youth, Delta Dental of Kentucky is expanding its commitment to oral health across the state. Delta Dental of Kentucky is providing $1 million to launch [...]

By | 2017-05-19T10:37:47+00:00 May 19th, 2017|News Room|

Statement on House Passage of the American Health Care Act

Contact: Jessie Whitish 502-214-0303 jwhitish@kyyouth.org Statement by Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates The health of Kentucky's kids became as risky as a bet on the Derby with the passage of the American Health Care Act by the House today. There are positives that merit note to be sure. As an example, we appreciate the House's commitment to continue coverage for young adults until the age of 26. That is especially crucial for [...]

By | 2017-05-04T16:16:23+00:00 May 4th, 2017|News Room|