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Welcome to the Making KIDS COUNT podcast brought to you by Kentucky Youth Advocates, where we sit down with policymakers, community leaders, and youth and discuss ideas to make Kentucky the best place to be young.

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Welcome to the Making KIDS COUNT podcast brought to you by Kentucky Youth Advocates, where we sit down with policymakers, community leaders, and youth and discuss ideas to make Kentucky the best place to be young.

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

    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 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.

    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.

    • 58 min
    Message on the 2021 Special Session

    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.

    • 23 min
    Understanding Routine & COVID-19 Vaccinations for Kids

    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 -- learn more and find resources at kyyouth.org. The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky will be hosting their 2021 Howard L. Bost Memorial Virtual Health Policy Forum on Tuesday, September 21st on Kentucky vaccine policy including myths, messengers, and messages -- register at healthy-ky.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.

    • 51 min
    Policies to Address the Pair of ACEs

    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 August 12, 2021.

    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.

    • 57 min
    Addressing the Pair of ACEs

    Addressing the Pair of ACEs

    This week on our Advocate Virtual Forum, we discuss the impact of the pair of ACEs: Adverse Childhood Experiences and Adverse Childhood Environments. We discuss the various types of adverse experiences/environments, how to move upstream in preventing ACEs, and Bloom Kentucky, a new statewide initiative to advocate for policy changes that will address ACEs. Thank you to our panelists: Ben Chandler, President and CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky; Jo Cruz, an Independent Consultant and trainer with the Bounce Coalition; and, Cortney Emberson, with St. Joseph Children's Home.

    Learn more about Bloom Kentucky at BloomKentucky.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.

    • 55 min
    A Look Ahead at the 2021-22 School Year

    A Look Ahead at the 2021-22 School Year

    This week on our Advocate Virtual Forum, we discuss the upcoming school year as our commonwealth continues to navigate a pandemic, socioemotional needs, and different learning needs with education leaders from across the state. Thank you to our panelists: Penny Christian, immediate Past President of the 16th District PTA and Vice President of Leadership Outreach for the Kentucky PTA; Dr. Jim Flynn, Executive Director of the Kentucky Association of School Superintendents; and Brent McKim, President of the Jefferson County Teachers Association.

    This is part two of our education series -- listen to the part one episode featuring Lt. Governor Coleman and KDE Commissioner Glass, which aired July 29th.

    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.

    • 55 min

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