Health impacts almost every other aspect of child well-being making it an upmost priority for children’s growth and development. Kentucky Youth Advocates promotes child health policies that improve the health status of all children in Kentucky and their health care including coverage, access and quality of health services.
All children, especially those living in low-income and vulnerable families, need access to affordable health care. As the Affordable Care Act and the transition to Medicaid managed care cause major changes in Kentucky’s health care system, it is vital for children and families to be kept in the forefront of decisions made by policymakers and state leaders.
Kentucky has the third highest rate of child obesity in the nation with more than one in three children in the Commonwealth being overweight or obese. While curbing the obesity epidemic in Kentucky and across the country will take a multifaceted approach, several policies can make the healthy choice for families the easy choice to make.
Kentucky Youth Advocates leads the Kentucky Oral Health Coalition, which aims to improve the oral health of all Kentuckians.
Kentucky should enact a statewide law to prohibit smoking in indoor workplaces and public places to prevent children and pregnant women from being exposed to the harmful effects of secondhand smoke.
There is a growing awareness about the impact that factors such as children’s health and wellness have on school performance. Schools have the opportunity to prioritize health while they educate Kentucky children.
A basic requirement of high quality health care is the ability for health care professionals and their patients to be able to understand and communicate with each other. Despite federal law which requires health care providers to offer language access services to individuals who are learning English, many providers fall short.