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So far Mahak Kalra has created 40 blog entries.

Two Kentucky Communities Strengthen Smoke-free Ordinance

All children deserve to breathe clean air and be healthy, yet many Kentucky children live in a community that does not offer them strong protections from secondhand tobacco smoke in indoor public places. Exposure to secondhand smoke is also harmful to pregnant women and their babies, as it increases risk for poor birth outcomes. The science is clear that there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke. There is good news! Two Kentucky [...]

By |2018-04-19T13:29:11-04:00April 19th, 2018|Blog, Health|

Solutions to Curb Teen E-Cig Use

A recent Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) found that nearly 1 in 2 young adults ages 18 to 29 said they had used an e-cigarette. Currently, 23.4% of Kentucky high school students say they currently use e-cigarettes, which is double the national average. E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices used to inhale vaporized; this is often referred to as “vaping”. Manufacturers have specifically targeted youth by creating flavored products, such as cookies ‘n cream and peanut butter cup, to mask the tobacco taste. And research shows that more [...]

By |2018-04-03T10:45:03-04:00February 21st, 2018|Blog, Health|

93,000 Kentucky Kids Need Congress to Act on CHIP

During this time of year, the parents of the over 1 million kids across Kentucky are typically worrying about getting Christmas shopping finished and making sure they have just the right gifts under the tree for each child. Kentucky parents shouldn’t have to worry during this holiday season about whether or not their child will lose health insurance next year. Yet, families of nearly 93,000 Kentucky kids continue to worry and wait for Congress to [...]

By |2017-12-16T13:46:18-04:00December 16th, 2017|Blog, Health|

Kids Rely on the State Budget to Support Their Healthy Development

Health impacts every aspect of a child’s life and is one of the most important components of overall child well-being. As the Kentucky legislature faces tough decisions in crafting the next biennial state budget in coming months, it’s imperative that we as a Commonwealth ensure that the more than one million Kentucky children have access to the support they need for their healthy development. Kentucky kids rely on vital state programs, such as HANDS, KCHIP, Medicaid, [...]

By |2017-11-13T22:11:53-04:00November 13th, 2017|Blog, Health, Medicaid|

First Do No Harm: A Role for Pediatricians and Healthcare Providers in Youth Justice Reform

A common principle exists in the medical field that physicians should “first, do no harm.” A new journal article by the American Academy of Pediatrics draws to light the need for that principle to be applied in the youth justice field as we hold youth accountable for the behavior that brings them into the youth justice system. The research has been clear for years that locking up youth can disrupt a child's development just as [...]

By |2017-03-22T16:51:07-04:00March 22nd, 2017|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety, Health, Youth Justice|

Healthy Smile, Healthy Kid

Throughout February, we are celebrating National Children’s Dental Health Month (NCDHM), established by American Dental Association (ADA) and the ADA Foundation.  The celebration allows local communities, parents, and health care professionals to place emphasis on children’s oral health and best practices.  Often times, children, especially, need encouragement and reminding when it comes to cleaning and taking care of their teeth. Parents and caregivers can show kids fun and interactive ways that brushing for two minutes [...]

By |2017-02-22T17:03:45-04:00February 22nd, 2017|Blog, Health|

Spread Love and Smiles this February

February 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 together dedicated dental professionals, healthcare providers, and educators to promote the benefits of good oral health to children, their caregivers, teachers, and many others. This year’s NCDHM campaign slogan is “Choose Tap Water for a [...]

By |2017-02-01T22:39:54-04:00February 1st, 2017|Blog, Health|

A Definition to Smile About

During 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 acknowledges the multifaceted nature and attributes of oral health and unites patients, health care professionals, policy makers, and other oral health stakeholders on how to best advocate for oral health. Oral health is now defined [...]

By |2017-01-18T16:41:09-04:00January 18th, 2017|Blog, Health|

Giving Cavities the Brush Off with National Brush Day!

Most 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 the importance of oral hygiene. The holiday aims to reinforce the importance of children’s oral health and promote good tooth-brushing habits. Unfortunately, tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease in the United [...]

By |2016-10-31T16:17:57-04:00October 31st, 2016|Blog, Health|

Special Report: Covering More Parents through Medicaid Expansion Helps Kentucky Kids

All children, especially those living in low-income and vulnerable families, need access to affordable health care. Today, we released a special report, Medicaid Expansion in Kentucky: Benefits to Kids and Families, which examines the numerous family and child health benefits that result from parents having affordable health coverage. The new report features research that shows parent health impacts child health. More specifically, when parents have health coverage, their children are more likely to be insured, too. [...]

By |2016-09-07T07:38:04-04:00September 7th, 2016|Blog, Health, Medicaid|