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So far Melissa Collins has created 9 blog entries.

Health Youth Ambassadors Participate in the Kentucky Youth Tobacco Control Workshop

On April 12th, two of Kentucky Youth Advocates’ Health Youth Ambassadors took part in the Kentucky Youth Tobacco Control Workshop hosted by the Networking for Kentucky Youth (N4KY) and #iCANendthetrend Youth Advisory Board. This youth-developed and youth-led tobacco control workshop was a full-day immersive experience which offered a chance for students from across the state to connect, network, and learn both with and from one another. Throughout the day, students took part in team [...]

By |2023-04-27T13:03:37-04:00April 27th, 2023|Blog, Education, Health, Kids Count|

Bloom Kentucky: Recapping KYGA23 Efforts to Address ACEs

While the 2023 Kentucky General Assembly saw many confounding moments, we also saw continued positive momentum when it came to addressing childhood adversity. Kentucky’s policymakers, once again, found common ground when it came to the impacts of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) on Kentucky’s kids and families.  This year, Bloom Kentucky identified four policy areas to focus on throughout the 2023 legislative session which included 1) supporting the health and well-being of new moms and their [...]

By |2023-04-17T17:27:37-04:00April 17th, 2023|Blog, Bloom Kentucky, Economic Security, Health|

Health Youth Ambassadors Rally on Behalf of Kentucky Kids and Families

Kentucky Youth Advocates’ Health Youth Ambassadors cohort, made up of high school students from across the state, joined hundreds of fellow young people, community advocates, and elected officials at the Capitol for the Rally for Kentucky Kids on February 8th – the first in-person rally with child advocates since 2020. The cohort took part in a two-day Children’s Advocacy Week Retreat in Frankfort where they spent time prepping Tuesday evening before Wednesday’s Rally Day [...]

By |2023-02-23T13:25:48-05:00February 23rd, 2023|Blog, Health|

Bloom Kentucky Grantmakers Rally Together for Kentucky Kids and Families

On Wednesday, February 8th, Bloom Kentucky Grantmakers from across the Commonwealth rallied together in Frankfort on behalf of Kentucky's kids and families. The 2023 Children’s Advocacy Day at the Capitol was a packed schedule–and certainly a packed house! Bloom grantmakers joined youth, fellow advocates, and elected officials in the Capitol Rotunda for the Rally for Kentucky Kids which featured youth performances and remarks from both young people and state leaders. Following the Rally, grantmakers [...]

By |2023-02-16T14:57:36-05:00February 16th, 2023|Blog, Bloom Kentucky|

Bloom Kentucky Announces 2023 State Policy Priorities

On your mark… Get set… GO! The 2023 Kentucky General Assembly is underway, and advocates from across the Commonwealth are sprinting into action to help improve outcomes for kids and families. Bloom Kentucky recently released its 2023 state policy priorities to help advocates in their race to the finish line.  Bloom Kentucky is a collaborative initiative of grantmaking organizations from across the Commonwealth focused on statewide policy changes and budget investments that aim to prevent [...]

By |2023-01-25T14:17:03-05:00January 25th, 2023|Blog, Bloom Kentucky|

Updates from the Opioid Abatement Advisory Commission

Updated December 6, 2022 During their November meeting, the Opioid Abatement Advisory Commission released their new meeting schedule for the first six months of the upcoming 2023 calendar year. The new dates are as follows: Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023 ​Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2023 Tuesday, March 14, 2023 Tuesday, April 11, 2023 Tuesday, May 9, 2023 ​Tuesday, June 13, 2023 Commission meetings will continue to be held at 1 P.M. ET at Capital Complex East, 1024 [...]

By |2022-12-09T08:46:42-05:00October 17th, 2022|Blog, Bloom Kentucky, Child Welfare & Safety, Health, Justice|

Health Youth Ambassadors: 2022 Onboarding Retreat

In September, 13 high school students from around the Commonwealth came together in Bowling Green, KY for the first time as the new 2022-2023 Health Youth Ambassadors cohort!  The Health Youth Ambassadors (HYA) program is a statewide cohort that engages youth to learn about advocacy and policy, address social determinants of health through policy change, and advocate for themselves and their peers on health-related issues. The new HYAs met for a two-day immersive policy [...]

By |2023-01-25T15:29:08-05:00October 12th, 2022|Blog, Health, Kids Count|

Bloom Kentucky Called Upon Legislators to Address ACEs – Did They Answer?

As we reflect on the 2022 Kentucky General Assembly, this year’s legislative session was certainly a mixed bag. From debates on local control vs. big government to the infiltration of national lobbying groups, it seems as though we might have been left with more questions than answers. The good news, however, is that Kentucky’s policymakers found common ground when it came to Kentucky kids and families and the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). We [...]

By |2022-05-12T12:32:23-04:00May 12th, 2022|Blog, Bloom Kentucky, Economic Security, Education, Health, Justice|

Advocates, Mark Your Calendars!

The 2022 Kentucky General Assembly is right around the corner, and we have a lot in store over the next few months as we get ready to advocate for Kentucky kids! Check out these upcoming opportunities to get involved: November 10th 2021 Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book Release Press Conference Virtual Release Event View the data book and additional resources November 17th Advocate Virtual Forum: 2021 Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book Data Deep [...]

By |2021-12-07T10:31:23-05:00October 28th, 2021|Blog, Kids Count, Race Equity|
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