Rhode Island KIDS COUNT - News, Research and Policy Information
December 8, 2011
New Issue Brief Released 
Rhode Island KIDS COUNT recently released its latest Issue Brief - Safety, Permanency, and Well-being for Children in the Care of DCYF - during a policy roundtable in Providence. The Issue Brief is a new source for data and information on Rhode Island's child welfare system, including the number of children in out-of-home placement, entering and exiting foster care and achieving permanency. Click to read the news release or related articles in the Providence Journal and Providence Business News.  
Annual Celebration of Children's Health Luncheon
Rhode Island KIDS COUNT presented Covering Kids awards to several community members at its 11th Annual Celebration of Children's Health Luncheon. 

Elizabeth Burke Bryant and Policy Analyst Jill Beckwith presented the awards to Dr. Carol Lewis, a Pediatrician at Hasbro Children's Hospital, Dr. Daniel Kane, Dental Director at Saint Joseph Hospital Pediatric Dental Center, and JoAnn Roberts, School Nurse Teacher for the Westerly School District. The awards were presented to the recipients for
their contributions to increasing access to health insurance coverage for children.

Other award winners included Governor Lincoln Chafee, U.S. Senator Jack Reed, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, U.S. Representative David Cicilline, Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Roberts, Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed and House Majority Leader Nicholas Mattiello.
Communities Host "Data in Your Backyard" Presentations 

This fall, Rhode Island KIDS COUNT continued to offer community presentations featuring data from the 2011 Rhode Island Kids Count Factbook. The Data in Your Backyard series is held annually in six urban core communities. Any community can request a Data in Your Backyard presentation by contacting Stephanie Geller. Each presentation is hosted by a local partner and features community-specific data about the well-being of children and families and is followed by a discussion of the findings with key community leaders and policymakers.

Presentations were recently held in Warwick, West Warwick and Central Falls. Thank you to our local hosts, the Warwick Coalition to Prevent Child Abuse, Thundermist Health Center and the Central Falls School Department.

Click here to view photo galleries of the presentations.

In This Issue
starNew Issue Brief Released
starAnnual Luncheon Honors Local Health Professionals
starCommunities Host "Data in Your Backyard" Presentations
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