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COVID-19 and Kentucky Kids: Federal Action Needed for Kids and Families

This week on our Advocate Virtual Forum we continue our discussions about priorities for kids and families as Congress debates the next federal COVID-19 relief package, including the U.S. House of Representatives' HEROES Act and the U.S. Senate's HEALS Act. To localize those ongoing federal conversations, we heard from several Kentucky leaders and advocates, including: Lisa Lee, Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Medicaid; Mandy Simpson, Director of Public Policy for Metro United Way; [...]

By |2020-08-13T09:53:28-04:00August 13th, 2020|Podcast|

COVID-19 Impacts on the Kentucky Child Welfare Community: A Public Health Crisis Meets a Vulnerable System

This week on our Advocate Virtual Forum, we share report findings and facilitate conversations on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the child welfare system. In the spring, Kentucky Youth Advocates, in partnership with Casey Family Programs, set out to get a better understanding of how the public health crisis was impacting young people who are foster or kinship alumni, biological parents, kinship caregivers, foster parents, and service providers that interact with the [...]

By |2020-08-04T17:29:26-04:00August 5th, 2020|Podcast|

COVID-19 and Kentucky Kids: An Update on the Federal Advocacy Landscape

This week on our Advocate Virtual Forum, Terry Brooks is joined by Bruce Lesley, President of First Focus on Children, to discuss the landscape of ongoing federal advocacy needs for additional COVID-19 relief for Kentucky kids and families. This is part of a series of conversations where we examine the immediate and long-term impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Kentucky kids and the systems that influence their lives – health care, education, early childhood [...]

By |2020-08-11T13:30:31-04:00July 30th, 2020|Podcast|

COVID-19 and Kentucky Kids: Supporting Children with Special Needs

This week on our Advocate Virtual Forum we discuss the challenges facing kids with special needs and their families during COVID-19, including shifting services during quarantine, increased needs within schools, preschools, and the home, and opportunities for budget investments and policy changes. Panelists include Dana Eckert, Case Manager with Seven Counties Services; Dr. Debbie Mays, Education Consultant with the Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative; Kristy Stiltner, Mental Health Director with Mountain Comprehensive Care; and Lori [...]

By |2020-07-22T14:55:28-04:00July 23rd, 2020|Podcast|

COVID-19 and Kentucky Kids: Hunger and Food Access

This week on our Advocate Virtual Forum, Terry Brooks was joined by Dr. Ryan Quarles, Kentucky Commissioner of the Department of Agriculture; Leah Feagin, Vice President of the Kentucky School Nutrition Association; and Kate McDonald, KY Kids Eat Coordinator with Feeding Kentucky. They discuss challenges and bright spots in addressing access to nutritional, affordable food across the Commonwealth during the pandemic. This is part of a series of conversations where we examine the immediate [...]

By |2020-07-15T13:41:56-04:00July 16th, 2020|Podcast|

COVID-19 and Kentucky Kids: Landscape for Policies, Practices, and Systems Changes to Advance Racial Equity

This week on our Advocate Virtual Forum, advocates from across the state heard a discussion on changes in policies, practices, and systems that will advance racial equity for Kentucky kids and their families. Panelists include Karina Barillas, Executive Director of La Casita Center; Dr. Kish Cumi Price, Director of Education Policy & Programming at Louisville Urban League; Keturah Herron, Policy Strategist with ACLU of Kentucky; and Vivian Lasly-Bibbs, Acting Director of CHFS Office of [...]

By |2020-08-11T13:31:00-04:00July 9th, 2020|Podcast|

What Gets Measured Gets Changed: A Conversation with Kentucky Young People

This week on our Advocate Virtual Forum, advocates heard from three young people from Barren, Harlan, and Jefferson counties about their unique experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic, how the National KIDS COUNT data is reflected in their lives, and ideas for improving outcomes for every Kentucky child. This is part of a series of conversations where we examine the immediate and long-term impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Kentucky kids and the systems that [...]

By |2020-08-11T13:31:08-04:00July 2nd, 2020|Podcast|

COVID-19 and Kentucky Kids: A Conversation with DCBS Commissioner Marta Miranda-Straub

This week on our Advocate Virtual Forum, Terry Brooks was joined by the recently appointed Commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Community Based Services, Marta Miranda-Straub. DCBS includes a number of human services, such as public benefits, child care, child welfare, and more. They discuss challenges and opportunities and Commissioner Miranda-Straub's priorities around trauma-informed care and racial justice as she steps into her new role. This is part of a series of conversations where [...]

By |2020-08-11T13:31:19-04:00June 25th, 2020|Podcast|

Release of the 2020 National KIDS COUNT Data Book

Terry Brooks shares Kentucky's measurable, but still inadequate, improvements in child well-being as highlighted in Annie E. Casey Foundation's latest KIDS COUNT Data Book, how this data can be used as a guidepost as advocates and decision makers thoughtfully move forward from the immense and disparate impacts of the pandemic, and recommendations to expand opportunities for all Kentucky children to thrive. View the Kentucky State Data Profile Sheet, and read our press release. [...]

By |2020-08-11T13:31:35-04:00June 23rd, 2020|Kids Count, Podcast|

COVID-19 and Kentucky Kids: The Realities Facing Parents Returning to Work

This week on our Advocate Virtual Forum we discuss the challenges of parents/caregivers returning to work and how employers and state systems can best support those parents. Panelists included Clanisha Coleman, Shawnee Club Director of Boys & Girls Clubs of Kentuckiana; Bill Londrigan, President of Kentucky AFL-CIO; and Ashli Watts, President and CEO of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. This is part of a series of conversations where we examine the immediate and long-term [...]

By |2020-06-17T14:08:36-04:00June 18th, 2020|Podcast|