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Kentucky Teens Say E-cig Use Rampant, Adults Unaware

Media Contacts: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Bonnie J. Hackbarth 877-326-2583 bhackbarth@healthy-ky.org LOUISVILLE, KY – A new infographic from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and Kentucky Youth Advocates highlights the surge in e-cigarette usage among teens seen across the commonwealth and the nation. While youth cigarette smoking in Kentucky has steadily declined, the growing popularity of e-cigarettes, known as vapes and Juuls, is putting a new generation of teens at risk of nicotine [...]

By |2018-12-10T14:24:28+00:00December 10th, 2018|Education, Health, News Room|

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on Federal Investment in the Child Care Assistance Program

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Louisville, KY – Kentucky's Division of Child Care's plan to use the estimated $42 million in new federal funding for the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) exemplifies common sense solutions for Kentucky kids and families, workforce development, and local economies. CCAP provides a crucial support to working Kentucky families who are struggling to make ends meet. Among the plan announced, [...]

By |2018-12-03T09:24:24+00:00December 3rd, 2018|Economic Security, News Room|

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on Federal Re-Approval of the Bevin Administration’s 1115 Medicaid Waiver

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Louisville, KY – This summer, a federal judge halted implementation of the Bevin Administration's 1115 Medicaid Waiver to modify Kentucky's Medicaid Program, and today, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its re-approval. When it comes to this – or any policy – our question is always the same – "Is it good for kids?" And the [...]

By |2018-11-20T21:11:49+00:00November 20th, 2018|Health, Medicaid, News Room|

2018 Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book: A Holistic Look at Child Well-Being

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org 502-895-8167 *122 Louisville, KY – The 2018 Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book offers the latest data on 17 measures of child well-being, showing whether outcomes for children across the commonwealth have improved, worsened, or stayed the same over a five-year period. Detailed data is available for every Kentucky county at www.kyyouth.org/kentucky-kids-count/. "Core to our mission, we believe that children of every background and in every part of Kentucky deserve all the tools and opportunities that [...]

New Data Shows Increasing Number of Kentucky Children Living with Relative Caregivers

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org 502-895-8167 *122 Louisville, KY – New data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that Kentucky continues to have the highest rate in the nation of children in the care of relatives. In 2016-2018, nine percent of Kentucky children were being raised by a relative, which is more than double the national rate of four percent. “When Kentucky children cannot remain safely with their parents – due to parental substance abuse or incarceration, military [...]

By |2018-10-15T23:11:32+00:00October 16th, 2018|Child Welfare & Safety, News Room|

New Report Focuses on Building Opportunities for Kentucky’s Young Adult Parents and Their Children to Thrive

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org 502-895-8167 *122 New Report Focuses on Building Opportunities for Kentucky’s Young Adult Parents and Their Children to Thrive Louisville, KY – There are 50,000 Kentucky young adult parents facing a unique set of challenges and opportunities to help their families thrive, according to the latest KIDS COUNT® policy report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Opening Doors for Young Parents. With the right support, all parents — regardless of their age, income, or education [...]

New Data Reveals Improvements in Kentucky’s Child Poverty Rates

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org 502-895-8167 *122 Louisville, KY – New data released today by the U.S Census Bureau reveals that 22.4 percent of Kentucky children lived in poverty in 2017, a drop from the 2016 estimate of 25.0 percent. Child poverty in Kentucky has finally returned to a level not seen since before the Great Recession. “We must note the progress that has been made on reducing the rate of Kentucky children living in poverty, yet we [...]

By |2018-09-13T13:23:30+00:00September 13th, 2018|Economic Security, Justice, News Room|

Kentucky Remains Top Ten State in the Nation for Health Coverage

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org 502-895-8167 *122 Kentucky Remains Top Ten State in the Nation for Health Coverage Louisville, KY – New health insurance data released today by the U.S. Census Bureau revealed that the percent of people with health insurance (of all ages) in Kentucky increased from 85.7 percent in 2013 to 94.6 percent in 2017. Kentucky continues to have the 8th highest rate among states of people with health insurance. The one-year estimates from [...]

By |2018-09-12T21:47:17+00:00September 12th, 2018|Health, Medicaid, News Room|

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on State Intervention and Local Control Agreement for Jefferson County Public Schools

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates We have consistently asserted that Jefferson County Public School kids need the local board to continue to exercise its voice; a commitment to a fundamentally different way of doing business to ensure the safety and success of JCPS students; and, clear and transparent measures in place to ensure accountability for long-standing issues. The agreement announced between Interim Commissioner [...]

By |2018-08-29T07:25:26+00:00August 27th, 2018|Education, News Room|

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on Gov. and First Lady Bevin’s Announcement on Appointments to Child Welfare Transformation Initiative

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org 502-895-8167 *122 Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Today, Governor Matt Bevin and First Lady Glenna Bevin announced that Chris and Alicia Johnson will join the administration as Special Advisors in the Office of Faith and Community Based Initiatives. The Johnsons will work closely with the Department for Community Based Services within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to support the department’s ongoing adoption and foster care initiatives, including [...]

By |2018-08-01T15:18:40+00:00August 1st, 2018|Child Welfare & Safety, News Room|