The Impact of Community Health Workers on Health Outcomes

Brian Schmidt, Kids Win Missouri The nation’s health care system is shifting to promote care that delivers the best health outcomes. One of the tools that health care providers are putting into action to help obtain the best health outcomes are community health workers. What are Community Health Workers? Missouri law currently has no definition…

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Kids Win Missouri Endorses Proposition B

Kids Win Missouri Endorses Proposition B Craig Stevenson, Director of Policy and Advocacy   Kids Win Missouri’s Board of Directors has voted to endorse Proposition B, a ballot initiative which will gradually raise the minimum wage in Missouri to $12.00 per hour in 2023.   What does Proposition B do? Proposition B would raise the…

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Give Our Children In Foster Care the Support They Need

Katie Plax, MD Medical Director of the SPOT (Supporting Positive Opportunities with Teens)     For the last 7 years I have listened to the stories of teens in foster care and our kids are hurting. Like most things for children and youth in foster care their experiences often go under the radar.    …

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Meet Craig Stevenson, Our New Director of Policy and Advocacy

From the Pulpit Back into Policy- Focused on Kids Craig Stevenson, Kids Win Missouri During the last several weeks, I have felt my professional and personal lives have collided into new and exciting ways. It is my pleasure to begin serving as the new director of policy and advocacy for Kids Win Missouri. Three years…

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The Net Benefit

The Net Benefit Brian Schmidt, Kids Win Missouri   Our communities are only as strong as our people. And our people—our families, friends, and neighbors—are strong when they have access to the food, shelter, health care, and economic support they need to lead healthy lives. This is true no matter who you are or where…

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Extending Postpartum Medicaid Coverage

Extending Postpartum Medicaid Coverage Ensuring Healthy Moms and Babies Brian Schmidt, Kids Win Missouri Pregnant women in Missouri are eligible for Medicaid or health coverage through the Show-Me Healthy Babies program if they earn less than 305% of federal poverty level ($62,281 for a family of three). Unless the new mothers have incomes below 23% of…

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Criminal Background Checks for Child Care Facilities

Protecting Missouri’s Youngest Children Comprehensive Background Checks for Child Care Providers Jessica Seitz, Missouri KidsFirst   In Missouri there are over 300,000 children under six with working parents. During the day, these children stay with family and neighbors or in one of the almost 8,000 home and center-based child care facilities across the state. Children…

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Pre-K Collaboration

The Need for Pre-K Collaboration Jerry Kitzi, Retired Director of Early Learning at Kansas City Public Schools   High quality early education programs have a positive impact on child development.  In fact, an analysis of the body of research on early childhood education was best summarized in the report, From Neurons to Neighborhoods, authored by…

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