National Social Work Month focuses on “Forging Solutions out of Challenges”

social work logoSocial workers have worked to improve citizens’ rights, have pushed to strengthen the social safety net, and continue to make a difference in the day-to-day lives of millions of Americans by helping to build, support and empower positive family and community relationships.

At Passport, we are proud to celebrate National Social Work Month during March to recognize our associates who work every day to help our members improve their health and quality of life.

Social workers – more than any other profession – recognize that more must be done to address persistent social problems such as poverty, lack of education and health care access, and discrimination based on gender, race, sexuality, or income. And they know that all people, no matter their circumstance, at some time in their lives may need the expertise of a skilled social worker.

For more information about National Social Work Month, which has the theme “Forging Solutions out of Challenges,” please check out the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) website by clicking here.

 

Latest Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book shows how children are faring in all 120 counties

KY Youth Advocates logoThe 2015 Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book – released by Kentucky Youth Advocates (KYA) – helps take a closer look at how children are faring in your county, where your county ranks on overall child well-being, and what has happened in the last 25 years in Kentucky to help kids succeed.

The 2015 County Data Book ranks all Kentucky counties on overall child well-being based on 16 indicators that relate to economic security, education, health, and family and community strength.

“Governors and the Kentucky General Assembly made significant strides in policies to help kids over the last quarter century, such as the Kentucky Education Reform Act, juvenile justice reform, and ensuring more children have health insurance,” said Terry Brooks, executive director of KYA. “But we still face dire challenges. With more than one in four Kentucky children living in poverty; almost half of fourth graders not proficient in reading; and more than one in five mothers smoking during pregnancy, we have a long way to go to get Kentucky where it needs to be for children.”

Passport Health Plan is proud to be the Signature Sponsor of the 25th edition of the County Data Book. The 2015 County Data Book and county-specific profiles for all 120 counties are available at http://kyyouth.org/kentucky-kids-count/. The County Data Book is a county-level counterpart to the 2015 national KIDS COUNT Data Book released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation in July.