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.




Blog Posts

  • 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

  • Using Data to Drive Change

    DiversityWe know that what gets measured gets changed. In this past weekend’s Forum in the Courier-Journal, readers were able to hear various community members’ perspectives about issues impacting children and how data can be a driver for change. We thank the Greater Louisville … Continue Reading

  • Important Information from the Cabinet on Recent Confusion About State Benefits

    health_featThe Cabinet for Health and Family Services held a news conference this week to address inaccurate letters people have received about access to state benefits. If you are a provider, consumer, advocate, or know someone receiving one of these services, you can find … Continue Reading

  • Opportunities to Help Kids Make the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice

    kids_playing_ballWith the number of cases of obesity and diabetes rising among both children and adults, it is time to rethink how we can create a positive culture of health. Kids are busy. Families are busy. The work, school, and life … Continue Reading

More from our Blog



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

Visit 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