Rhode Island KIDS COUNT - News, Research and Policy Information
July 1, 2012
Rhode Island KIDS COUNT Announces New Deputy Director
Jill Beckwith

Rhode Island KIDS COUNT is pleased to announce that Jill Beckwith has been named Deputy Director. Jill has been a member of our staff for nine years, most recently serving in the position of Senior Policy Analyst where she was responsible for advocacy and policy analysis focused on a broad range of children's health issues, including health insurance coverage and access to oral health and behavioral health services for children enrolled in RIte Care. Previously, she was the Director of Prevention at AIDS Project Rhode Island, Assistant Director at the Massachusetts Prevention Center in Cambridge, MA, and Associate Director of the Measurable Enhancement of the Status of Health (MESH) Initiative at Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network in Allentown, PA. She has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a Masters in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


As Deputy Director, Jill will provide leadership for Rhode Island KIDS COUNT programs, children's policy issues, and strategic planning. She succeeds Catherine Walsh who served as Deputy Director from 1998 to 2012.


Elizabeth Burke Bryant, Executive Director of Rhode Island KIDS COUNT said, "Anyone who has worked with Jill knows that she is an extremely talented, effective and deeply committed advocate for children. She has a true passion for child advocacy and I know she will do a tremendous job as Deputy Director."


The Board and staff of Rhode Island KIDS COUNT congratulate Jill and welcomes her to her new leadership role which will provide the opportunity to work across the issues of children's policy and advocacy including children's health, economic well-being, education and safety. Jill will begin her new position as Deputy Director on July 9th. 
U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Affordable Care Act
On Thursday, June 28, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) health reform law.  

Read a statement by the Rhode Island Health Coverage Project regarding the ruling and First Focus' analysis on why this ruling is an important victory for kids.

Providence Data in Your Backyard Presentation
Providence DiYB 2012
Rhode Island KIDS COUNT recently held its annual Providence Data in Your Backyard event at Central High School. Sponsored in partnership with the Mayor's Children and Youth Cabinet, the event featured a presentation on the well-being of children in Providence and included a community discussion. Click for the presentation, news release and photo gallery.
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