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Family Economic Success

Children's health and well-being have been closely linked to the economic well-being of their families. Voices for Children works to support children and families by promoting policies that increase access to family support resources.

When families are economically stable and secure, children are more likely to succeed.

Nurse Family Partnership
Nurse Family Partnership (NFP) is a voluntary evidenced-based community health program that provides ongoing home visits (from pregnancy through age 2 of the child) from a registered nurse to low-income, first time mothers to provide the care and support they need to have a healthy pregnancy, be a responsible and caring parent, and to become more economically self-sufficient. A nurse visits the women approximately weekly and bi-monthly during their pregnancy and after birth, and then monthly visits during the first...
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"Beyond our own doorsteps and our own children"
Photo by Jose A Warletta Today is Karen Crompton's final day as President and CEO of Voices for Utah Children.  We are deeply grateful for her efforts on behalf of Utah children over the past thirteen years and look forward to her continued leadership in a new capacity as Director of Human Services in Salt Lake County. In an effort to bask in Karen's wisdom one last time before she leaves, we are posting her speech from Voices for Utah Children's recent...
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Ask your legislators to support Healthy Utah
Here is a simple email form to help you email your legislators about the Healthy Utah plan: (Also available at this link:  Healthy Utah Legislative Email Form)
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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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The Healthy Utah Plan
Click here for a simple form to help you email your local lawmakers. Governor Herbert’s Healthy Utah plan is a three-year pilot program that would help 111,000 low-income Utahns to get private health insurance coverage, including 57,000 adults in the coverage gap—people whose incomes are too low to qualify for the tax credits that help wealthier people afford health insurance, yet they do not qualify for Medicaid. Healthy Utah would help low-income, working families with children. There are 40,000 parents who would benefit...
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Release of the national KIDS COUNT® policy report, Creating Opportunity for Families: A Two-Generation Approach: November 12, 2014
Voices for Utah Children invites you to join us for the release of the national KIDS COUNT® policy report, Creating Opportunity for Families: A Two-Generation Approach. The report includes Utah specific data and outlines how the public, nonprofit and private sectors must work together to reduce poverty amonglow-income families with young children. November 12, 2014 8:00 a.m. – 8:30 Check-in and continental breakfast 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Program Zions Bank Founders Room 18th Floor, One S. Main St., Salt Lake City, UT, 84111 Parking will be validated...
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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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The (Not) Complex Cost-Benefit Analysis of the Healthy Utah Plan
On August 28 2014, economist Sven Wilson testified before the Utah Legislature's Health Reform Task Force about the complex question of whether the economic benefits of Healthy Utah outweigh the costs.  Showing a chart of costs and benefits with benefits marked in green and costs in red, he said,"Notice there is quite a bit more green than red." Healthy Utah would benefit poor individuals by providing them with health insurance. It would benefit the healthcare industry by preventing uncompensated care...
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