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New Health Insurance Data Shows Continued Gains for Kentucky Children and Families

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 EXT 122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates 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 94.9 percent in 2016. Kentucky now has the 8th highest rate among states of people with health insurance. The one-year estimates from the American Community [...]

By | 2017-09-12T12:59:12+00:00 September 12th, 2017|Health, News Room|

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on Governor Matt Bevin Signing SB 236 into Law

Contact: Mara Powell 859-496-5524 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Today, Kentucky Youth Advocates joined Kosair Charities®, partners in the Face It® Movement to End Child Abuse, and Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children partners to celebrate Governor Bevin's ceremonial signing of SB 236, which was sponsored by Senator Julie Raque Adams. SB 236 closes the gaps in background checks of adults working with children in schools, youth camps, and in [...]

By | 2017-08-15T12:58:40+00:00 August 15th, 2017|News Room|

2017 KIDS COUNT Data Book Reveals Gains in Health and Continued Challenges in Economic Well-being

Contact: Mara Powell 859-496-5524 mpowell@kyyouth.org 2017 KIDS COUNT® Data Book Reveals Gains in Health and Continued Challenges in Economic Well-being Kentucky Ranks 34th in Child Well-being in the U.S. JEFFERSONTOWN, KY June 13, 2017 – Kentucky ranks 34th in the nation in overall child well-being, according to the 2017 KIDS COUNT® Data Book, released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The 2017 Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book, which includes county-level data, will be [...]

By | 2017-06-13T07:13:28+00:00 June 13th, 2017|Kids Count, News Room|

Delta Dental of Kentucky Partners with Kentucky Youth Advocates to Develop Regional Oral Health Networks

Media Contact: Lynsey Trager lynsey@boxcarpr.com Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org 859-496-5524 Delta Dental of Kentucky Invests $1 Million in Regional Oral Health Networks Establishing Five Regional Networks to Develop Local, Data-Driven Oral Health Solutions Louisville, KY – Following state results published in the Making Smiles Happen: 2016 Oral Health Study of Kentucky's Youth, Delta Dental of Kentucky is expanding its commitment to oral health across the state. Delta Dental of Kentucky is providing $1 million to launch [...]

By | 2017-05-19T10:37:47+00:00 May 19th, 2017|News Room|

Statement on House Passage of the American Health Care Act

Contact: Jessie Whitish 502-214-0303 jwhitish@kyyouth.org Statement by Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates The health of Kentucky's kids became as risky as a bet on the Derby with the passage of the American Health Care Act by the House today. There are positives that merit note to be sure. As an example, we appreciate the House's commitment to continue coverage for young adults until the age of 26. That is especially crucial for [...]

By | 2017-05-04T16:16:23+00:00 May 4th, 2017|News Room|

Statement on Governor’s Appointment of Child Welfare Czar

Contact: Mara Powell 859-496-5524 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates The appointment of Daniel Dumas as Kentucky’s child welfare czar underscores Governor Matt Bevin’s commitment to children and families. This new position carries real potential as a catalyst for change. And we hope that the Governor and the Czar will embrace the call for revolution and not incremental improvement around the child welfare system, be that about adoptions or preserving [...]

By | 2017-05-03T10:48:22+00:00 May 3rd, 2017|News Room|

Statement on Upholding Ruling in the Supreme Court to Allow Supports to Children in Relative Foster Care

Contact: Mara Powell 859-496-5524 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Common sense won in the 6th Circuit Court ruling. And so did kids. All children who are removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect have undergone trauma. And all of them need support from caring and capable adults who have the resources to meet their needs. For too long in Kentucky, we have created a false dichotomy in [...]

By | 2017-04-28T16:35:43+00:00 April 28th, 2017|News Room|

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on SB 120 Heading to the Governor’s Desk

Contact: Mara Powell 859-496-5524 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates We thank the Kentucky General Assembly for sending SB 120 to Governor Bevin’s desk for signature. SB 120, sponsored by Whitney Westerfield, will help parents who have served their time get back to work, not re-offend, and care for their children after reentry into the community. In Kentucky, 13% of kids have experienced parental incarceration, the highest rate in the [...]

By | 2017-03-29T14:38:35+00:00 March 29th, 2017|News Room|

New Rankings Show Impact of Place on Kentucky Children’s Health

Contact: Mara Powell 859-496-5524 mpowell@kyyouth.org JEFFERSONTOWN, KY – An easy-to-use snapshot that compares counties within states, the eighth annual County Health Rankings show that where you live influences how well and how long you live. The local level data makes it clear that good health is influenced by many factors beyond healthcare including housing, education, jobs, access to healthy foods, and more. “The reality is, children’s health is touched deeply and pervasively by where they live, [...]

By | 2017-03-29T08:27:31+00:00 March 29th, 2017|News Room|

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on SB 1 Passing Kentucky House

Contact: Mara Powell 859-496-5524 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Gathering a consensus when it comes to accountability and assessment is a miracle. Senator Mike Wilson pulled off such a miracle in crafting Senate Bill 1. SB 1 will be a catalyst for better teaching and learning in each of Kentucky’s schools. Its premise is that the professionalism of principals and teachers needs to be honored, unnecessary bureaucratic red tape [...]

By | 2017-03-15T17:43:59+00:00 March 15th, 2017|News Room|