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Wildcats and Cardinals Banding Together for TEN-4 Day

This was originally posted as an op-ed by the Kosair Charities Face It Movement in the Courier Journal and Kentucky Today. By Dr. MELISSA CURRIE AND DR. CHRISTINA HOWARD It’s finally fall in the commonwealth, which means cooler temperatures, leaves changing, and college football season. As child abuse pediatricians at University of Kentucky and University of Louisville, we are well aware of the deep rivalry when it comes to our sports programs, and we both proudly support [...]

By |2019-10-10T11:13:58-04:00October 10th, 2019|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety|

Celebrating (and Practicing!) Good Dental Hygiene in October and Beyond

By Alicia Whatley October is National Dental Hygiene Month. This is a great time to celebrate the critical work dental hygienists do and to help raise awareness on the importance of good oral health. It’s especially important as we near Halloween and the endless amounts of candy that never seem to disappear. Practicing good oral hygiene is important for everyone at every age. Engaging in daily dental hygiene practices helps to prevent gum disease, cavities, [...]

By |2019-10-10T15:54:24-04:00October 10th, 2019|Blog, Health|

Interview with KY Attorney General Candidate Greg Stumbo

Terry Brooks sits down with Kentucky Attorney General Candidate Greg Stumbo to discuss issues impacting Kentucky kids, such as the impact of the opioid epidemic and parental incarceration on kids, improvements to the youth justice system, and more. Tune in to hear the candidate’s ideas for making Kentucky the best place to young. We hope to host candidate Daniel Cameron in a future episode of Making Kids Count.

By |2019-10-07T16:16:04-04:00October 8th, 2019|Podcast|

Interview with Rick Green and Debby Yetter from the Courier Journal

Terry Brooks sits down with Rick Green, editor, and Debby Yetter, social services and child welfare reporter, to discuss the Courier Journal's recent series on Kentucky's child welfare system and the need to address the Commonwealth's high rate of child abuse. Tune in to hear their reflections and call to action.

By |2019-10-01T07:20:44-04:00October 1st, 2019|Podcast|

Healthy Drinks, Healthy Kids

By Alicia Whatley Research shows that kids’ beverage choices are just as important as food choices for healthy growth and development. Teaching healthy beverage choices at a young age can help ensure healthy choices in the future. To guide healthy beverage choices for children, The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, America’s Pediatric Dentists, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Heart Association have formed a campaign called Healthy Drinks, Healthy Kids outlining the consensus [...]

By |2019-10-01T11:05:01-04:00September 30th, 2019|Blog, Health|

Why Not Kids? Honoring September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

By Jamie Bloyd Kentucky is known for its basketball, bourbon, horses….and high cancer rates. Most Kentuckians are familiar with the high rates of lung cancer in our state. I was too, my grandmother having been diagnosed in my early 20’s. Most Kentuckians also know that we consistently rank at the very top of overall cancer incidence in the country. What I’ve found is that most Kentuckians don’t know that kids get cancer too and in [...]

By |2019-09-26T15:00:40-04:00September 26th, 2019|Blog, Health|

Kentucky’s Child Poverty Rate Remains Unchanged, and Too Many Children Continue to Live in High-Poverty Neighborhoods

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 Louisville, KY – New data released today by the U.S Census Bureau reveals that 23.0 percent of Kentucky children lived in poverty in 2018, which is not statistically different than the 2017 rate of 22.4 percent. Only six states have higher child poverty rates than Kentucky. “While the child poverty rate has improved since the end of the Great Recession, we must keep making progress until the families of [...]

By |2019-09-26T14:17:58-04:00September 26th, 2019|Economic Security, News Room|

Health Insurance Coverage for Kentucky Children Has Stagnated but Remains High

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 Louisville, KY – New health insurance data released today by the U.S. Census Bureau revealed the percent of Kentucky children under 19 with health coverage remained unchanged from 2017 to 2018, at 96.2 percent. This compares with 93.6 percent in 2013 – the year prior to full implementation of the expansion of Kentucky’s Medicaid program. “We’re in the midst of a gubernatorial campaign in which the divisive healthcare policy [...]

By |2019-09-26T14:00:17-04:00September 26th, 2019|Health, News Room|

Interview with Gubernatorial Candidate Attorney General Andy Beshear

Terry Brooks sits down with Gubernatorial Candidate Attorney General Andy Beshear to discuss issues impacting Kentucky kids, such as child safety, youth justice, economic security, and more. Tune in to hear the candidate's ideas for making Kentucky the best place to young. We hope to host Governor Matt Bevin in a future episode of Making Kids Count.

By |2019-09-24T07:16:10-04:00September 24th, 2019|Podcast|

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on the Justice Cabinet’s Announcement on the Future of Youth Justice in Louisville

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Louisville, KY – The axiom that “necessity is the mother of invention” rings true in the case of youth detention in Louisville. Given the Mayor and Metro Council’s decision to close the locally operated detention center, the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet working with local nonprofit leaders is moving ahead on what is an imaginative and kid-centric approach to [...]

By |2019-09-19T16:35:08-04:00September 19th, 2019|News Room, Youth Justice|