WVHKFC UPDATE FOR SUMMER, 2005
Children’ Child Health Conference– November 10-12, 2005
WV Healthy Kids and
Families Coalition is pleased to announce that planning is
underway for West Virginia’s first conference on children’s
health, “Growing Healthy Children: Conversations About West
Virginia’s Future” . The conference will be held November
10-12, 2005 at the Embassy Suites in Charleston. First Lady
Gayle Manchin and Dr. Joan Phillips, president of the West
Virginia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, will
co-chair the conference.
The conference will bring together professionals who
work with children and policymakers. National and state
leaders in child health will present on such topics as oral
health, health access and quality, wellness, and prenatal
wellness and child development. It is the hope of the
WV Healthy Kids and Families Coalition and all of its
partners that this conference is just the beginning of a
conversation about how we make children’s health a top
priority in West Virginia.
An e-news service has been developed to give you
ongoing conference updates about sponsorships, exhibit
information, national speaker profiles, and other exciting
surprises planned for the conference. Conference
registration brochures will be sent out and be available
online in early September. Early registration is
recommended, as space is limited.
To register for email updates, please sign up
www.wvhealthykids.org. For sponsorship and partnership
opportunities, contact Renate Pore at
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 304-346-8815.
For exhibitor information contact Julie Greathouse at
email@example.com or call 304-532-6883.
Speaker Spotlight– Dr. Rob Anda
The ‘Growing Healthy Children’ Child Health Conference
will feature many wonderful speakers. Dr. Rob Anda will make
a presentation on the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study
The ACE Study is a 10-year project of the Centers for
Disease Control and Kaiser Permanente to assess the
long-term relationships between a wide range of adverse,
traumatic, or chaotic childhood experiences on health,
health behavior, social well-being, disease incidence, and
the costs of medical care. The strength of the relationship
between ACEs and these outcomes bring child health issues to
the forefront of prevention activities and have made Dr.
Anda a passionate advocate for the health and well-being of
children. For more information, visit
‘Back to School’ Campaign 2005
On August 2, 2020,
the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will kick off its sixth
annual Covering Kids & Families Back-to-School Campaign in
Washington, D.C. The campaign encourages parents to include
enrolling their eligible, uninsured children in Medicaid or
the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) as an
important part of getting their children ready for the new
school year. When children are healthy, they are better
prepared to learn in the classroom and stay active on the
The kick off will begin at 10:00 a.m. EDT with a news
conference featuring Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, M.D., M.B.A.,
President and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation,
Sarah Shuptrine, Founder, President and CEO of the Southern
Institute on Children and Families, Vice Admiral Richard H.
Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.S., U.S. Surgeon General and
Anthony Williams, Mayor of the District of Columbia.
As a component of the national launch, the Robert Wood
Johnson Foundation will release a new analysis of data
regarding uninsured children compiled by the State Health
Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC) and the Urban
Institute. The report uses data from the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health
Statistics (2003 National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH)
and 1998-2003 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS)) and
the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2003-2004 Current Population Survey
Many partners across West Virginia are planning Back to
School enrollment events. If you are planning an event,
please email Julie Greathouse at
firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can add your event
to the list.
Gazette Article: State Kids Doing Poorly
WV Gazette July 27, 2020
By Scott Finn
received its worst ranking ever in an annual survey of the
well-being of children across the United States.
The Mountain State ranks 47th out of 50 states in the 2005
Kids Count Data Book. Only Mississippi, Louisiana, and
Alabama fared worse in the national study, which was to be
It is the worst ranking ever for West Virginia, said Margie
Hale, executive director of the West Virginia Kids Count
Teenagers in West Virginia were more likely to die from
accidents, homicide or suicide in West Virginia than any
other state, according to the report.
That death rate for 15- to 19-year-olds almost doubled
between 1997 and 2002, from 57 to 103 teenagers per 100,000.
And after making progress in the last decade, West Virginia
appears to be backsliding in a number of other areas, from
infant mortality to the high school dropout rate.
It’s too early to know if numbers signal a trend, Hale
said. Small states sometimes see large-looking statistical
swings from year to year.
“This could be a fluke,” she said. “But we need to
watch these indicators closely in the years to come.”
The numbers are for the most recent years available —
2002 in some cases, 2003 in others — according to the
In 2002 in West Virginia, 9.1 infants died out of every
1,000 births - up from 7.6 two years earlier. The state’s
infant mortality rate is about the same as it was in 1990,
while the national infant mortality rate has improved almost
In 2003, about 10 percent of the state’s teenagers had
dropped out of high school, according to the report, up 2
percent from 2000 and worse than the national rate of 8
About one in four West Virginia children lived in poverty in
2003, virtually unchanged since 1990 and the fourth-highest
rate in the nation.
The report had one bright spot: the number of children
ages 1-14 who died from accidents or violent causes dropped,
although it was still above the national average.
One possible culprit for the worsening child statistics
is welfare reform, said Rick Wilson of the American Friends
Service Committee-West Virginia.
There are more than 1,200 families whose five years on
welfare has expired, Wilson said, and many of their children
“We have a generation growing up where the kids and parents
are stressed out. And they’re not going away,” Wilson said.
“They’ll show up in hospitals, in foster care, in the
juvenile justice system, and some of them will wind up
Angie Whitley agrees with Wilson. She runs a program in
Wayne and Cabell counties called Team for West Virginia’s
Whitley sees ex-welfare recipients with mental
illnesses and substance abuse problems that make it hard for
them to find work. “They’re surviving one day, one meal at a
time,” she said.
On the other end of the spectrum, Whitley sees working
families who can’t afford health insurance but make too much
for government help. One couple she met this week is
expecting a baby in January. But they haven’t found a doctor
to provide pre-natal care because they have no insurance.
Whitley would like to see state leaders put more money
into programs that have proven to improve health and fight
poverty, such as home visitors for new mothers and quality
preschool programs. “Why we don’t see improvements is
because we’re not investing in the right areas. We need to
invest in prevention,” she said.
To contact staff writer Scott Finn, use e-mail or call
West Virginia Healthy Kids and Families Coalition Office Has
The WV Healthy Kids
and Families Coalition office has moved to the WV Council of
Churches office at 2207 Washington Street, East, Charleston,
WV 25311. The new phone number is (304)-344-3141.
Please update our contact information. A special thanks to
the WVCC for allowing us to share their space.
Benedum Foundation Awards Grant for Project
Worthington Benedum Foundation has awarded funding to expand
the ’What to Do When Your Child Gets Sick’ project that was
piloted with the Parents as Teachers Program of the United
Way of Central West Virginia. This funding allows the
project, which provides a book, information and training for
parents on taking care of the minor medical needs of their
children, to be expanded to Nicholas Co. Starting Points and
MIHOW in Fayette Co.
The goal is to increase parents’ confidence in taking
care of the minor medical needs of their children and reduce
the use of Emergency Room and clinic services.