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So far Kentucky Youth Advocates has created 455 blog entries.

OP-ED: Latinx Families Hit Especially Hard by COVID, But There is a Silver Lining

This post originally appeared as an op-ed in the Courier Journal November 19, 2020. By Karina Barillas Karina Barillas, La Casita Center COVID-19 has brought the health of Kentuckians into focus and reminded us that we face a collective challenge to staying healthy and accessing the health care we need. The pandemic affects us all, but affects us differently, depending on resources, meaningful access to services and information, and privilege or knowledge about navigating health [...]

By |2020-11-23T14:06:52-05:00November 23rd, 2020|Blog, Economic Security, Health, Race Equity|

OP-ED: Remote Learning Exposes Deep Digital Divide Hurting Kids Across Kentucky

This post originally appeared as an op-ed in the Courier Journal November 19, 2020. By Dr. Kish Cumi Price and Alicia Sells One of the longest-lasting effects of the COVID-19 pandemic may be the loss of education opportunities for children across our commonwealth. While undertaken for the public health of our communities, school closures and shifts to remote learning have presented numerous, ongoing challenges for students. These range from loss of face-to-face interactions with teachers and peers, [...]

By |2020-11-23T14:09:20-05:00November 23rd, 2020|Blog, Education, Kids Count, Race Equity|

OP-ED: Creating a Path to Recovery to Reduce Parental Incarceration

This post originally appeared as an op-ed in the Courier Journal November 19, 2020.  By Chaly Downs and Jennifer Hancock Chaly Downs, Freedom House Graduate The latest Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book provides the annual look at how children are faring in each county. For community partners to policymakers, the data book is a roadmap – it tells us where our Commonwealth can do better to give Kentucky children the opportunities they need [...]

OP-ED: There’s No Time to Lose – We Must Invest in Child Care Now

This post originally appeared as an op-ed in the Courier Journal November 19, 2020.  By Chuck Denny, Cori Gadansky, and Rose Smith Child care is essential. Never in modern times have we experienced greater understanding of the vital role that child care providers play in our community. Parents rely on safe, affordable child care – whether at a licensed center or a home-based setting – to be able to work. Employers depend on reliable child care [...]

By |2020-11-23T13:49:46-05:00November 23rd, 2020|Blog, Economic Security, Kids Count, Race Equity|

2020 KIDS COUNT County Data Book: “Dual Pandemics”

This week on our Advocate Virtual Forum, we discuss data and policy solutions from the new 2020 KIDS COUNT County Data Book, including the theme of this year's book -- the impact of the "dual pandemics" of COVID-19 and racial injustice. Panelists included Dr. Henrietta Bada, Director of the Maternal and Child Health Division, Kentucky Department for Public Health; Mike Hammons, Senior Director of Advocacy for Learning Grove; and Dr. Kish Cumi Price, Director of Education Policy and [...]

By |2020-11-18T14:39:14-05:00November 19th, 2020|Podcast|

2020 Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book: A Look at the Impacts of the “Dual Pandemics” on Kentucky Children and Families

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org   2020 Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book: A Look at the Impacts of the “Dual Pandemics” on Kentucky Children and Families Featuring the latest county-level data for key measure of child well-being Louisville, KY – The 2020 Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book examines the impacts of the dual pandemics of COVID-19 and systemic racial injustice on children and families with data disaggregated by race/ethnicity. The 30th edition of this [...]

Medicaid Open Enrollment 2021

This week on our Advocate Virtual Forum, we discuss Medicaid open enrollment, including what's new for this year, such as the Supporting Kentucky Youth (SKY) program that will provide health services for all kids living in foster care. Panelists include Allison Adams, Vice President for Public Policy at the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky; Veronica Cecil, Deputy Commissioner at Kentucky Department for Medicaid Services; Kelly Pullen, Executive Director of Kentucky SKY; and Ashley Shoemaker, [...]

By |2020-11-11T15:53:24-05:00November 12th, 2020|Podcast|

Kentucky Youth Advocates Collaborates with Aetna Better Health of Kentucky to Reinvent Serving Youth in Kentucky’s Child Welfare System

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org Louisville, KY – Kentucky Youth Advocates (KYA) today announced a collaboration with Aetna Better Health of Kentucky (Aetna), a CVS Health company, to reinvent care for the Commonwealth’s most vulnerable children and youth. The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services selected Aetna to serve as the single statewide Managed Care Organization (MCO) to oversee and coordinate services for the new Supporting Kentucky Youth program, also known as SKY. [...]

By |2020-11-10T09:57:48-05:00November 10th, 2020|Child Welfare & Safety, Health, News Room|

Self-Care Is More Than Deep Breathing, Essential Oils, and Chocolate

By Kayce Dallas, MSSW Intern at Kentucky Youth Advocates “Self-care is giving the world the best of you instead of giving the world the rest of you." The first thing my mom asks when I call and complain to her how stressed I am is, “did you take time for yourself today?” I often forget how important it is to take care of myself. I am a full-time student getting my masters degree in Social [...]

By |2020-11-05T14:00:36-05:00November 5th, 2020|Blog, Health|

Advocate Self-Care Workshop

This week on our Advocate Virtual Forum, Dr. Joe Bargione of the Bounce Coalition led us through a self-care workshop to help us maintain the energy we need to continue our advocacy on behalf of Kentucky kids. As advocates battle the pandemic, support the community, experience personal and professional uncertainty, and sift through election news, it is important that we continue to care for ourselves. Watch a video recording of the presentation, view the [...]

By |2020-11-04T17:14:34-05:00November 5th, 2020|Podcast|