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Think Kids

A Better West Virginia Begins With Its Kids

Welcome to our website! We launched Think Kids in January 2020. Our mission is: Fostering ingenuity, inspiring change, and cultivating generations of healthy, happy kids. Check out our projects, events, blog posts, join our newsletter, and most of all– get involved! All of West Virginia’s kids deserve a safe and happy childhood. We want them to aspire to do great things and know that Think Kids is here to help them every step of the way.

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Upcoming Events

Check out our events page for upcoming YouTube and Facebook Live events, webinars, and Listening Sessions. 

Including All Kids 

Including All Kids: Transforming Health Care Delivery Systems for Children with Special Health Care Needs in West Virginia is a year-long project, funded by the West Virginia Developmental Disabilities Council. Every child deserves equitable access to comprehensive health services. This project intends to take the first step in this journey—to better understand, give voice to, and prioritize the challenges families have within their respective communities around the state to access comprehensive health care for their children with developmental disabilities.

Survey Results

There are significant challenges to ensuring health care access for children and families with special needs here in our rural state. As part of the project, Including All Kids, we created a series of survey tools for parents/caregivers to learn more from those accessing services in these systems. Here are the results to date, with 100  respondents completing survey #1 in the series.

from the ground up

This report is the culmination of a year’s work on the project, “Addressing the Unmet Health Care Needs of Children Affected by the Drug Crisis,”  funded by The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation, managed by Think Kids, and conducted with the help of dozens of volunteers. Learn more about the project here

The Health and Hunger Project

This year’s summit series is over. Thanks to all who joined us! We’re collaborating with panelists to write an issue brief to articulate and disseminate the challenges and potential solutions to improving bridges between the health care and food access systems in Boone, Lincoln, and Logan Counties. Learn more here

Conversations on YouTube

Check out our YouTube channel for virtual conversations we’ve had with reporters, policymakers, researchers, and experts in the field of kids’ health and well-being here in the Mountain State. 

Kids and COVID-19

As we slowly transition to a post-pandemic world, check out our compilation of West Virginia and kid-specific news and information that addresses the needs and concerns of the pediatric population. 

Issue Brief: 2020 Health and Hunger Summit Series  

The intent of this issue brief is to capture in words the discussions and highlights from the Health and Hunger Summit Series. The panelists provided a wealth of knowledge on the state of food insecurity and health outcomes in our state, and the pandemic’s immediate impact on families, historic challenges, emerging innovations, and perhaps most importantly, potential policy ideas.