Virtual Training | Effective Advocacy – Making Every Voice Count! – January 23, 11am-2pm EST
Legislative advocacy – changing public policy to improve people’s lives – is important for health and mental health professionals, consumers, family members and community advocates. The legislative process - state and local - and ways to make policy change happen through advocacy will be described from the perspective of an experienced lobbyist/psychologist, policy analyst/advocate and legislators who know Frankfort and local policy well. Dr. Sheila Schuster, Executive Director of the Advocacy Action Network, Emily Beauregard, Executive Director of Kentucky Voices for Health, and Representatives Lisal Wilner and Russell Webber are presenters. Questions to be addressed: “How can I make my voice be heard? Why get into the game? How can I become a player? How can I influence the outcome?” Skill Level: Beginning
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In-Person Training Event | Health for a Change: Staying WKY Strong - January 27,
10 am- 2 PM CT
The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, Community Foundation of West Kentucky, and Mental Health America of Kentucky are hosting this mental health training event at the Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park. Sessions will include education on how to help children and adults that survived recent natural disasters in Kentucky.
Click here to register and learn more.
In-Person Advocacy Event | Children’s Advocacy Week – week of February 8
Join advocates from across Kentucky for virtual events throughout the week and in-person events at the Capitol on February 8th. If you are a teacher or with a youth-serving organization interested in bringing a group of students to the Capitol for the Rally for Kentucky Kids on February 8, contact Jami Garth.
Click here to register.
Policy Agenda |2023 Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children Released
The Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children has been released for 2023. The Blueprint is a policy agenda supported by a diverse coalition of supporters with the shared beliefs that thriving communities launch strong families, strong families launch successful kids, and successful kids launch a prosperous future for Kentucky. This year’s Blueprint includes 11 wide ranging priorities including mental health to juvenile justice.
Upcoming Meetings |State Interagency Council 2023 Meeting Schedule
The mission of the State Interagency Council is promoting healthy children and transition-age youth across Kentucky: Building a collaborative System of Care to promote children’s hand transition-age youth’s social, emotional and behavioral well-being where they live, learn, work, and play. The first three meetings are on January 25, February 22 and March 22 from 1-3pm ET.
See the full meeting schedule.
Event Series | ThriveKY upcoming virtual events
Tune in to two upcoming events from ThriveKY, “a coalition of organizations who pursue systemic change to assure that the commonwealth meets the basic needs of every Kentuckian” led by KCHC executive partner Kentucky Voices for Health.
ThriveKY & CHFS Quarterly Advocacy Updates for State & Federal Policy Updates - February 14, 2PM-3:30PM ET | Click here to register.
One-Pager | Family Glitch Coverage Explainer
Kentucky Voices for Health has produced a document explaining how more Kentuckians now qualify for health plan savings due to new rules that went into effect December 16.
Download the one-pager.