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.




Blog Posts

  • Spread Love and Smiles this February

    brushing_teethFebruary is more than the month of love. It’s also a month when thousands celebrate the smiles of children across the nation. National Children’s Dental Health Month (NCDHM), established by the American Dental Association (ADA) and the ADA Foundation, brings … Continue Reading

  • A Definition to Smile About

    a41_3393-croppedDuring the FDI World Dental Federation General Assembly this past fall, a new definition of oral health was approved. Previously, there was room for the definition to be modified depending on the individuals or organizations impacted. Now, the new definition … Continue Reading

  • Announcing the Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children 2017 Priorities!

    a42_3271Last year we unveiled a new Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children with three cornerstones: thriving communities, strong families, and successful kids. Today, we’re launching the 2017 Blueprint policy priorities with partners and youth from across the state with those cornerstones in … Continue Reading

  • Face It Policy Wins Keep Kids Safe

    state-of-face-it-cover-slideKentucky Youth Advocates is a proud member of the Kosair Charities® Face It® Movement, a coalition of nearly 30 partner organizations committed to ending child abuse and neglect in Kentucky. Face It’s efforts to end child abuse can be seen … Continue Reading

  • Giving Cavities the Brush Off with National Brush Day!

    brush-day-2016Most kids will tell you the exciting part of Halloween is all of the candy! But with all of that extra candy comes an increased risk of cavities. That’s why on November 1st, we celebrate National Brush Day to discuss … Continue Reading

More from our Blog



Preserve Medicaid Expansion:

View the Resources for Child Advocates


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