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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Meet Our Board of Directors

Think Kids’ Board of Directors is committed to creating, cultivating, and supporting a diverse and inclusive organization.

Kelli Caseman

Executive Director

Trish Collett

Board Member

Andrea Darr

Board Member

Sharon Iskra

Board Member

Candice Lefeber

Ex Officio Board Member

Brittany Smith

Board Member

W. Austin Smith

Board Member

Barbara Wessels

Ex Officio Board Member

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Here's what we do

We work in communities, listen to stakeholders, study the data, share what we find, and advocate for positive change.
Kids affected by the drug crisis

Kids affected by the drug crisis

Addressing their health and well-being

We're working on a ground-up, grassroots approach to learning and collaborating with communities to ensure kids' needs are prioritized.

All kids need access to health care

All kids need access to health care

Including kids with developmental disabilities

We're assessing and raising awareness of ways we can improve the navigational paths families travel to finding comprehensive care.

Health and hunger are connected

Health and hunger are connected

Their systems should be, too.

We're collaborating with stakeholders from both system to study and recommend policy solutions to bridging these systems, for the health of all West Virginians.

Supporting School Wellness

Supporting School Wellness

Addressing trauma in schools

How are county school systems around our state providing safe, supportive school for their most vulnerable students? We're working to find out.

The "When All Are Counted" Project

The "When All Are Counted" Project

Building a more inclusive surveillance system in WV

We're part of a team that seeks to elevate community voices and make the priorities of communities the primary goal of local health system transformation efforts.

Connecting Kids to Coverage

Connecting Kids to Coverage

Because every kid needs health insurance.

We're working with partners across the state to encourage eligible kids/families enroll in Medicaid and CHIP.

Up on our blog

Check out the latest from staff and guest bloggers from around the state.

A great concept worth sharing

I was with Caroline the other day when we encountered an unsheltered person. It was upsetting to her and she had a lot of questions that I answered honestly. We had nothing on us that could be of any help, but Caroline noticed that the woman was very sunburned. We were on our way to a friend’s pool and had sunscreen, so we handed that over to her. The woman was delighted.

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