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, oral, and vision health needs. Children also thrive in environments where they have clean air to breathe, opportunities for physical activity, and access to healthy food.
- Ensure access to affordable health coverage for families and children to support preventive care and address health needs.
- Promote access to high quality care, including primary, behavioral, and oral health care, to improve health outcomes for children.
- Enact policies that offer smoke-free indoor air in workplaces and public places.
- Promote policies creating environments that increase access to healthy food and support physical activity through complete streets and shared-use agreements.
- Preserve Medicaid Expansion – Resources for Child Advocates.
- Children’s Health Task Force – Increasing access to care, quality of care, and prevention strategies for healthier kids as part of Kentucky Voices for Health.
- Children’s Health Technical Advisory Committee – Providing children’s health recommendations to the Medicaid Advisory Committee, which serves both the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and the Department for Medicaid Services.
- BOUNCE Coalition – Cultivating positive long-term health outcomes for children in Louisville Metro.
- Kentucky Oral Health Coalition – Improving oral health and access to care across Kentucky.
- Pediatric Behavioral and Mental Health Alliance – Supporting the implementation of quality behavioral health services and integrated models of care throughout the state.
- Smoke-free Kentucky – Coalition promoting smoke-free policies across the state.
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 … Continue Reading
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 … Continue Reading
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, … Continue Reading
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: … Continue Reading
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 … Continue Reading
Preserve Medicaid Expansion:
View the Resources for Child Advocates
Learn more about oral health care and access in Kentucky:
Learn more about expanding physical activity opportunities in your community:
View our Shared-Use Infographic
Learn more about the dangers of smoking during pregnancy:
View our Smoke Free Infographic
Find state and county level data on child health:
Visit the KIDS COUNT Data Center