Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book shows where progress is being made or still needed

The 2018 Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book offers 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.

Detailed data is available for every Kentucky county at www.kyyouth.org/kentucky-kids-count/.

“Core to our mission, we believe that children of every background and in every part of Kentucky deserve all the tools and opportunities that we as a commonwealth can provide. This book serves as an annual report card for how we are meeting that charge for all of our kids,” said Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates.

The 2018 County Data Book allows users to investigate areas in which Kentucky and its counties are making progress and those needing focused attention for improvement. It highlights data in four domains of child well-being: economic security, education, health, and family and community.

The 2018 Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book was made possible with support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the 2018 KIDS COUNT sponsors: Passport Health Plan, Kosair Charities®, and Delta Dental of Kentucky.

 

Kentucky Makes Progress in National KIDS COUNT Data Book, but 1 in 4 Children still Live in Poverty

kyaAccording to the 2015 KIDS COUNT Data Book that was recently release, Kentucky ranks 34th in the nation in overall child well-being, 32nd in economic well-being, 30th in education, 24th in health, and 38th in family and community.

While three of those four rankings are similar to those of the past two years (based on the same set of indicators), Kentucky’s health ranking continues to climb, from 31st in 2013 and 28th in 2014. Overall, Kentucky’s data trends mirror the data for the nation as a whole, according to the report co-released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and Kentucky Youth Advocates (KYA). The 2015 Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book, which Passport is the Signature Sponsor of and will include county-level data and rankings, will be released in November.

“Not surprisingly, the national KIDS COUNT Data Book shows that Kentucky should both take pride in progress made in certain areas around kids’ well-being and sense real challenges when it comes to other arenas,” said KYA Executive Director Terry Brooks. “The track record reveals that we can make a difference in so many ways. In other words, supporting kids is never a question of capacity; it is a question of political will.”

For more information about the 2015 KIDS COUNT Data Book, click here. For more information about KYA, click here.

 

‘Dashboard’ Provides Closer Look at Expanded Medicaid Population Around Kentucky

The new “Medicaid Dashboard gives county-by-county details on the hundreds of thousands of Kentuckians who signed up for Expanded Medicaid through kynect, including the preventive measures they received and the chronic conditions they were diagnosed with. It was created as part of the first-year report put together by Deloitte Consulting for Governor Beshear’s office. For more information, see this post at Kentucky Health News.