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KYGA22 Reflections from Republican Legislators

This week on our Advocate Virtual Forum, Terry Brooks discusses the 2022 Kentucky General Assembly and impacts on kids and their families with Senators Julie Raque Adams and Whitney Westerfield and Representative Killian Timoney. Learn more about Blueprint for Kentucky's Children priority wins and missed opportunities in 2022. 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 [...]

By |2022-04-27T14:29:22-04:00April 28th, 2022|Podcast|

Recap of KYGA22 & Impact on Kids

This week on our Advocate Virtual Forum, Kentucky Youth Advocates took a detailed look at the 2022 Kentucky General Assembly, Blueprint for Kentucky's Children wins and missed opportunities, and what it means for kids and their families. Learn more about priority bills, how to take action, and view the Bill Tracker at kyyouth.org/blueprintky/. Thank you to Aetna Better Health of Kentucky for supporting the Making Kids Count podcast. Visit AetnaMedicaidKY.com/choose to learn [...]

By |2022-04-20T15:41:58-04:00April 21st, 2022|Podcast|

KYGA22 Progress Report for Kids

This week on our Advocate Virtual Forum, Kentucky Youth Advocates takes a deep dive into the 2022 Kentucky General Assembly so far, including the progress of bills related to kids and themes emerging from the legislative session. Thank you to our panelists, including Shannon Smith from the American Heart Association, Rachel Bingham and Mavis Williamson from the Kentucky Administrative Office of the Courts, Mandy Simpson from Metro United Way. and Cortney Downs with Kentucky [...]

By |2022-02-23T13:54:38-05:00February 24th, 2022|Podcast|

A Conversation on 2022 State Budget Proposals

This week on our Advocate Virtual Forum, Terry Brooks sits down with partners across the political spectrum to discuss the current budget proposals, along with how kids and families could be affected by the new state budget. Thank you to our panelists, including Jason Bailey with the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy; Jim Waters with the Bluegrass Institute; and Ashli Watts with the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. Learn more about the Blueprint for Kentucky's [...]

By |2022-01-26T15:14:41-05:00January 27th, 2022|Podcast|

2022 Blueprint Priorities & A Look Ahead to the Legislative Session

This week on our Advocate Virtual Forum, we launch the 2022 Blueprint for Kentucky's Children state policy and budget priorities. The priorities address health, child welfare, education, families' economic security, and more. We also heard from Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers and House Minority Floor Leader Joni Jenkins as we look ahead to the 2022 legislative session. Learn more about the 2022 Blueprint priorities and view the slideshow presentation. Thank [...]

By |2021-12-08T14:07:16-05:00December 9th, 2021|Podcast|

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|
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