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Monday, 27 October 2014 11:53
The direction of our federal government definitely affects children's issues. Become informed and get involved by communicating with your senator or congressman. 
142,000 Utah Kids Five and Under Are Low-Income, at Risk for Impoverished Adulthoods
New National Report Reinforces Recommendations of Utah Commission Addressing Intergenerational Poverty Salt Lake City – In Utah, 142,000 children ages five and under are low-income, according to a new report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation (AECF): Creating Opportunity for Families: A Two-Generation Approach. The KIDS COUNT® report states that “a child raised in poverty is more likely to become an adult living in poverty—less likely to graduate from high school or remain consistently employed. Forty-two percent of children born...
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First Focus Campaign for Children recognizes Sen. Hatch as a Defender of Children
Voices for Utah Children congratulates Senator Orrin Hatch for his selection by First Focus as a 2014 Defender of Children. This award comes at a crucial time for children's health, as CHIP, a program initiated by Hatch, may expire within the next year if Congress doesn't act. This article by Voices for Utah Children CEO and president Karen Crompton and and Bruce Lesley, president of First Focus Campaign for Children, was originally published in the Salt Lake Tribune: Hatch deserves praise for long...
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A Two-Generation Strategy: Healthy Parents and Healthy Kids
Healthy and financially secure families are critical in helping end the cycle of intergenerational poverty. However, low-income families struggle to obtain health coverage that can provide the access to care and the financial protection that they need. While the vast majority of low-income families with children have at least one full-time worker, most do not qualify, or cannot afford, employer or individual market health insurance plans. Public health coverage programs can equally be out of reach. In most states, Medicaid and...
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Two Utah Congressional Districts listed among Top 50 for Uninsured Children
Potential End of CHIP Funding in 2015 Could Worsen the Problem Salt Lake City - A report released today by the bipartisan children’s advocacy organization First Focus lists two Utah congressional districts among the 50 congressional districts with the highest percent of uninsured children: Utah Congressional District 2, where 13.6% of children were uninsured in 2012 and Utah Congressional District 4, where 12.5% of children were uninsured. Nationally, 9% of children were uninsured in 2012. Utah is ranked 41 out of...
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A Two-Generation Strategy: Right from the Start
  Download and print the issue brief here: A Two Generation Strategy: Right from the Start This is the second in a series of issue briefs focused on two-generation strategies to reduce poverty supported by Ascend: the Aspen Institute. The first issue brief in this series is available here: A Two-Generation Approach to Ending Poverty in Utah   Full Text   Children raised in poverty are likely to be poor as adults. Breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty necessitates a two-generation approach that meets the needs of vulnerable children and their parents...
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