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A Look at Data by Race & Recommendations to Advance Equity

This week on our Advocate Virtual Forum, we discuss the latest data on child well-being featured in this year's edition of the Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book. The 2021 book focuses on advancing racial equity across the Commonwealth and features a number of data disaggregated by race. We were also joined by State Representatives Samara Heavrin and Nima Kulkarni for a panel discussion on using this data to drive change. Check out the [...]

By |2021-11-17T15:45:53-05:00November 18th, 2021|Podcast|

Launch of the 2021 Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book

The 2021 Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book examines data disaggregated by race/ethnicity, the impacts of systemic racial injustice on children and families, and solutions to advance racial equity so that every child can thrive. The 31st edition of this publication also features 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. At the virtual [...]

By |2021-11-11T09:48:25-05:00November 11th, 2021|Podcast|

Youth and Nicotine Prevention

This week on our Advocate Virtual Forum, we discuss the state of tobacco use among youth throughout Kentucky, as well as data, policy, and state budget opportunities to prevent and mitigate nicotine and tobacco use --including the new Nix the Next campaign. Thank you to our panelists: Hannah Abdon, high school senior from Boone County; Allison Adams of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky; Betsy Clemons of the Hazard/Perry County Chamber of Commerce; and, [...]

By |2021-10-27T15:12:53-04:00October 28th, 2021|Podcast|

Early Childhood Ecosystem & Workforce

This week on our Advocate Virtual Forum, we discuss the early childhood ecosystem available to serve Kentucky kids and their families, along with what is needed for a strong workforce. Thank you to our panelists, including Lauren Hogan, Managing Director of Policy and Professional Advancement at National Association for the Education of Young Children; Kevin Fields, President/Chief Executive Officer at Louisville Central Community Centers, Inc; Jennifer Washburn, Executive Director at iKids Childhood Enrichment Center; [...]

By |2021-10-13T11:51:01-04:00October 14th, 2021|Podcast|

Supporting Families with Babies

This week on our Advocate Virtual Forum, we discuss policies and programs to best support parents of babies. As part of the Kosair Charities Face It Movement's TEN-4 week, panelists discuss healthy development, opportunities for family engagement, and how community members can show up for families with young children.  Thank you to Keith Inman of Kosair Charities for sharing remarks and to our panelists, Elena Diehl from GrowBabyGrow and Erica Wade from The Center [...]

By |2021-10-11T13:27:27-04:00October 7th, 2021|Podcast|

Building a 21st Century DCBS: A Conversation with Community Stakeholders

This week on our Advocate Virtual Forum, we continue the discussion on the challenges, opportunities, and future of the Kentucky Department for Community Based Services workforce. DCBS Commissioner Marta Miranda-Straub and members of DCBS leadership have a conversation with community stakeholders, including Kathy Adams, Director of Public Policy for Children’s Alliance; Tiffany Hall, COO at Volunteers of America Mid-States; Rick Wurth, CEO of Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky; and, Melissa Goins of the state [...]

By |2021-09-23T10:22:21-04:00September 23rd, 2021|Podcast|

Building a 21st Century DCBS: A Conversation with the Commissioner

This week on our Advocate Virtual Forum, we discuss the challenges, opportunities, and future of the Kentucky Department for Community Based Services workforce with Commissioner Marta Miranda-Straub. We also heard remarks from Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary Eric Friedlander and DCBS Deputy Commissioner Lesa Dennis. This is part one of a two-part series with DCBS. Tune in for part two on Wednesday, September 22 at 10:00 AM ET. View the slideshow presentation from DCBS. [...]

By |2021-09-16T13:56:02-04:00September 16th, 2021|Podcast|

Message on the 2021 Special Session

Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates, shares a call-to-action on priorities for kids during the 2021 special session. Look up your state Senator and Representative contact information and read our full statement about the special session at kyyouth.org. Thank you to Aetna Better Health of Kentucky for supporting the Making Kids Count podcast. Visit AetnaMedicaidKY.com/choose to learn more about their health care benefits and programs designed with your family’s wellbeing in mind. [...]

By |2021-09-07T15:19:18-04:00September 8th, 2021|Podcast|

Understanding Routine & COVID-19 Vaccinations for Kids

This week on our Advocate Virtual Forum, we discuss routine immunizations and the COVID-19 vaccination for Kentucky kids. Thank you to our panelists: Allison Adams, Vice President for Policy at the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky; Dr. Michael Kuduk, Vice President of the Kentucky Medical Association and pediatrician with UK Healthcare; and Kelly Pullen, Executive Director of the Aetna Better Health of Kentucky Supporting Kentucky Youth (SKY) Program. August is National Immunization Awareness Month [...]

By |2021-08-25T14:38:20-04:00August 26th, 2021|Podcast|

Policies to Address the Pair of ACEs

This week on our Advocate Virtual Forum we continue the discussion about the Bloom Kentucky initiative and addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences and Adverse Childhood Environments. State Representatives Kim Moser and Nima Kulkarni join the forum to share their insights on policy and state budget priorities in the 2022 General Assembly that could prevent and mitigate childhood trauma. Learn more about Bloom Kentucky at BloomKentucky.org, and in our previous Making Kids Count podcast episode from [...]

By |2021-08-19T08:44:49-04:00August 19th, 2021|Bloom Kentucky, Podcast|
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