Health

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.

 

Priorities

  • 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.

 

Initiatives

 

Blog Posts

  • Resources for Youth Aging Out

    studentsMay is National Foster Care month and with that comes the consideration of youth aging out of the foster care system. Too many youth in Kentucky, over 500 a year, age out of the foster care system without stable ties … Continue Reading

  • Stay Tuned – Advocates Talk Oral Health on KET

    KET_Lacey & Dr. Hancock JonesBy Lacey McNary Thank you to Kentucky Educational Television (KET) for devoting significant air time to covering oral health issues in the Commonwealth this upcoming year. The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky is supporting the television station in covering all … Continue Reading

  • We Play to Win for Kids

    Blueprint logoI JUST LOVE THAT VIDEO. It is usually among those selected when pundits choose the “greatest sports quotes of all time.” And, of course, Herm Edwards – a coach with a losing record – is now one of the experts … Continue Reading

  • The Story of 1 of 135,000 Kentucky Kids

    Share Graphic 7Ashley* shares her story as part of the release of a new KIDS COUNT® policy report, A Shared Sentence: The Devastating Toll of Parental Incarceration on Kids, Families and Communities. She is one of 135,000 Kentucky children who has had a parent incarcerated, … Continue Reading

  • A Shared Sentence

    KIDSCOUNT_PR_effects_incar_badge04_150pxPolicy debates about incarceration rarely focus on the impact on children. Yet, we know that when a parent is in jail or prison, it creates an unstable environment for kids that can have lasting effects like poverty, changes in living … Continue Reading

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Publications

Resources

Find out what health insurance options are available for your children:

Visit kynect.ky.gov or call 1-855-4kynect (459-6328)

 

Learn more about oral health care and access in Kentucky:

View the Kentucky Oral Health Coalition Infographic

 

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