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“Anything Can Be” Moment for Kentucky Kids

This post originally appeared as an op-ed in the Courier Journal and Kentucky Today on June 18, 2019.  By Terry Brooks, executive director Kentucky Youth Advocates Shel Silverstein, the late and wonderful children’s author, urges: “Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” With the release of the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2019 [...]

Kentucky Ranks 34th Overall in Child Outcomes Highlighting Continued Areas of Need

Kentucky Ranks 34th Overall in Child Outcomes Highlighting Continued Areas of Need KIDS COUNT® Data Book provides comprehensive annual report on child well-being in the U.S. LOUISVILLE, Kentucky — Kentucky ranks 34th in the nation in overall child well-being, according to the 30th edition of the KIDS COUNT® Data Book, released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Kentucky’s measurable but still inadequate improvements are due in part to progress across several areas of economic [...]

Everyone Has a Role to Play in Preventing Youth Suicide

Last month we reviewed the latest data on youth suicides, which show suicide as a growing cause of death for Kentucky youth ages 10-14. As we reflect on Mental Health Month we want to provide suicide prevention resources all of us can use throughout the year to stop these tragic deaths. Every single one of us need to know the risk factors and warning signs of suicide and how to tell the difference between normal [...]

By |2019-06-14T13:41:57-04:00June 13th, 2019|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety, Education, Health|

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on CHFS Announcement on Expansion of School-Based Health Services

Contact: Kelsey Dimar 502-895-8167 *110 kdimar@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Today, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services announced its amendment to the state’s Medicaid plan to allow districts to utilize federal Medicaid funding to expand school-based health services and connect more Kentucky students with the preventive health and behavioral health services they need. That is no mere regulatory revision; it is a game changer for kids and [...]

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on Majority Leader McConnell’s Tobacco-Free Youth Act

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Child welfare and juvenile justice have animated Leader McConnell’s commitment to kids. With his sponsorship of the Tobacco-Free Youth Act, you can add health to his legacy as a champion for children. Today, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senator Tim Kaine filed the Tobacco-Free Youth Act to raise the legal age to purchase tobacco products nationwide [...]

By |2019-05-20T13:09:37-04:00May 20th, 2019|Health, News Room|

Celebrating National Dental Care Month

Throughout the month of May, we’re joining partners at the Kentucky Oral Health Coalition from across the state in celebrating National Dental Care Month. National Dental Care Month is a celebration aimed to help bring awareness to the importance of preventative dental care. One of the most important components of maintaining good overall health throughout our childhood and adulthood is by establishing positive dental habits at an early age, such as, visiting a dentist after the first baby [...]

By |2019-05-15T20:27:00-04:00May 15th, 2019|Blog, Health|

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day: Trends in Youth Suicide

In honor of National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, we’ve been reviewing the latest data, resources, and efforts to reduce youth suicide in Kentucky. This week’s blog post looks at what we can learn from the data, with next week’s post focused on prevention resources and actions taking place in Kentucky. The last time we blogged on youth suicide, we looked specifically at the deaths of teens ages 15-19. However, it will likely shock you [...]

By |2019-05-10T12:55:37-04:00May 9th, 2019|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety, Education, Health|

The School Safety and Resiliency Act: A Summary

As the 2019 legislative session wrapped up, a significant win for Kentucky’s children in schools across the Commonwealth was signed into law by Governor Bevin – Senate Bill 1, known as the School Safety and Resiliency Act. Since then, there have been a fair amount of questions among educators, health professionals, students, and advocates related to the details and implied impacts of the bill. When it comes to any issue – and that includes school [...]

By |2019-05-02T20:40:26-04:00May 2nd, 2019|Blog, Education, Health|

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on Senator McConnell Federal Tobacco-21 Legislation Announcement

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Today, U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell announced plans to introduce a “tobacco 21” bill in the U.S. Senate to raise the legal age to purchase tobacco products nationwide from age 18 to 21. This proposal could prove to be a profound piece of legislation that makes a real difference in the health and well-being of not only Kentucky children [...]

By |2019-04-18T10:54:10-04:00April 18th, 2019|Health, News Room|

A Celebration for Kids and Lighting the Way to 2020

Last week we, along with advocates from across Kentucky, celebrated both progress for kids during the 2019 legislative session and the courageous action of local heroes who are transforming how their communities care for kids. And what a celebration it was! The Cheers for Children 2019 Celebration lifted up four key Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children priority bills that were passed by the General Assembly and signed into law by the Governor: Senate Bill 1 [...]

By |2019-04-18T16:49:57-04:00April 17th, 2019|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety, Health, Kids Count|