Enews 5-22-19: Status of Johnson County Children; Human Service Summit 2019

UCS Releases Status of Johnson County Children Factsheet

Johnson County is home to 144,890 children under the age of 18. Nearly 1 in 3 children are under the age of six. According to the U.S. Census 2017 one-year estimates, 26,800, or approximately 2 in 11 children in Johnson County lived in low-income households (200% of the Federal Poverty Level or $41,560 annually for a household of three), while 9,490, or 1 in 15 children lived at or below 100% of the poverty level in Johnson County ($20,780 annually for a household of three). The Status of Johnson County Children factsheet released by UCS this week looks at the changes in racial, ethnic and language demographics, as well as the education, poverty, and health and wellness of Johnson County Children. Additional information can be found in the 2018 Kids Count data.


Join UCS for the 2019 Human Service Summit - Health Starts at Home. Be a part of the community conversation of how having access to a safe, stable and affordable home impacts our health. This is a unique opportunity to come together with representatives from various community sectors who care deeply about Johnson County. Our community's economic vitality and sustainability are only as healthy as those who live and work here.

8:30 a.m.-12:30 P.M.
Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center
8788 Metcalf
Overland Park, KS 66212

The morning kicks off with Dr. Tiffany Manuel, PhD., President and CEO of TheCaseMade, as the keynote speaker. Dr. Manuel is a dynamic speaker, thought leader, and writer on the issues of community development, social change and cross-sector partnerships. She has worked to expand opportunity for low-income workers, families and communities through 25+ years of professional and volunteer experience spanning the private and non-profit sectors, government and academia. She is the primary architect of the Opportunity360 platform, with more than 100,000 users in the community development field, which remains the most comprehensive data platform for practitioners looking to advance systems change and population outcomes. Her published work includes: "You Don't Have to Live Here" - Why Housing Messages are Backfiring and 10 Things We Can Do About It.

The Summit includes a multi-sector panel moderated by Steve Kraske of KCUR. Panelists include:

  • Mary M. Beverly, MPH, Deputy Director, Johnson County Department of Health and Environment
  • Tom Herzog, COO of Netsmart and member of Forward OP Steering Committee
  • Dr. Tiffany Manuel, PhD., President and CEO of TheCaseMade
  • Kirk McClure, Ph.D., Professor of Urban Planning, School of Public Affairs and Administration, University of Kansas
  • Laura Smith, City Administrator, Mission, & Lead Agency with MARC & Gladstone, MO on National League of Cities' First Suburbs Council Economic Development Pilot Project

During the session, attendees will participate in a solutions-focused discussion on how to create a response that aligns housing choice options with the economic development vision of the right mix of office, industry, retail, dining, entertainment, and education, infrastructure and support services. Home options need to reflect the different wage levels this employment mix represents.

This event is made possible with support from United Way of Greater Kansas City, REACH Healthcare Foundation, Kansas Health Foundation, University of Kansas School of Public Affairs & Administration, Bob Kipp Endowment, Johnson County Community College Foundation, Fred and Carol Logan, and Maury and Angie Thompson.

To register and pay online, please click here.
Register today, seating is limited.

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