Kimberly Hinkel-Browning for Ky 47

Kimberly Hinkel-Browning for Ky 47
Candidate for Kentucky Representative 47

 

IMPORTANT ISSUES FACING US NOW
& INTO THE FUTURE

 

Addiction Treatment and Recovery

R is for Recovery

 

 

Kentucky had a 49% increase in drug overdose deaths in 2020 compared to 2019 and currently ranks second highest in the nation with drug overdose deaths.

Kimberly doesn’t just provide lip service about this epidemic and she wants to provide the message of hope and recovery to the many families and individuals that are still suffering from addiction.  She has worked collaboratively with national, state, and local community partners in drug education, prevention, and outreach.  She works alongside people in long-term recovery and has provided grief counseling to those families that have lost their loved one to this disease. Kimberly has been active in this fight and will vote for policies that provide greater access to treatment and remove barriers that exist to long-term recovery.

 

  • Kimberly helped organize the first outreach event held in Henry County in 2016.
  • She is the founder of www.SOSforAddictions.com which she created to help individuals locate addiction support & services.
  • Kimberly is a co-founder & current board member of the Louisville Recovery Community Connection which is a state of the art recovery hub that opened in 2019 https://www.louisvillerecoveryconnection.org/.

 

 

Children & Families

  • Kentucky ranks 5th highest across the nation for child maltreatment; however, that is an improvement from our #1 and #2 spot for the past several years.
  • Kentucky has the 6th highest rate of parental incarceration with more than one in ten children having a parent who is incarcerated.
  • Kentucky also has one of the highest rates of domestic violence in the United States, with 45.3 percent of women and 35.5 percent of men experiencing domestic violence in their lifetime.

With these rankings it should be no surprise that Kentucky has also led the ranks with kinship caregivers – grandparents and relatives who have stepped up and taken on the responsibility of raising their relative kin with little to no support. Kimberly knows the real struggles of these caregivers, how they are hanging on by a shoestring and desperately trying to make ends meet with the unexpected added expenses and stress.  Our foster care system consists of more than 9,000 children across the Commonwealth and many will "age out" of care at the age of eighteen  with limited resources and supports in place to ensure their success.  Kimberly will vote for policies that support relative caregivers and support policies that improve Kentucky's youth and families.

  • Kimberly has been a supervisor for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of the River Region and trained volunteers to be the voice for abused and neglected children in Family Court.
  • As a former Community Resource Specialist for the Kentuckiana Regional Planning and Development Agency (KIPDA), Kimberly has worked collaboratively with Kentucky Youth Advocates to improve resources and supports for kinship families across the Commonwealth and has provided training at the local, state, and international level.
  • Kimberly has also been a former policy board member for  Ohio Valley Education Council (OVEC) and understands the importance of early childhood education & affordable childcare for working families.

Source: Kyyouth.org

 Healthcare

The U.S. has the highest maternal mortality rate among all the developed countries? While the mortality rate is declining in all other countries, the pregnancy related deaths in the U.S. have doubled over the past 30 years.

Kimberly is opposed to government overreach when it comes to individual healthcare choices and believes that medical decisions like covid vaccinations, family planning, and end of life decision are private and personal matters that should be made between the individual/family and the healthcare provider. The rising maternal death rate is alarming and shows the urgent need to improve access and care for pregnant women instead of imposing more restrictions.

  • We live in the 21st century and the health care we provide women has gradually been going backwards with more restrictions being imposed which limit access to reproductive healthcare choices. We don’t talk about or track the severe life altering injuries that some mothers sustain from childbirth which could have been prevented and these mothers go on to suffer the physical and emotional scars in silence.
  • The rate of maternal mortality is also higher for women of color.  In 2018, 42.1 black women died for every 100,000 live births compared to 17.2 white women for the same group size.
  • Abortion rates have been on the decline but so have the number of pregnancies. One could argue that the stricter abortion laws across the country have caused an uptick in pregnancy mortality rates as desperate mothers turn to illegal, unsafe abortion options to circumvent the new restrictions. And as doctors are concerned about losing their licenses, they might hesitate to perform an abortion on a patient even if it is a medical emergency. Whatever the reason for the increase of maternal deaths, we must do better to save the lives of these mothers.

Source: CommonwealthFund.org

 Public Safety

Kimberly Browning for KY 47

Like many other professions, there is a shortage of candidates entering the fields of law enforcement and other first responder agencies which puts public safety at risk; these shortages can result in longer response times to emergencies and increase employee burnout and attrition. Communities and families across the Commonwealth rely on Emergency Medical Services (EMS) for urgent medical treatment and transport; yet, these professionals are grossly under paid for the role they play in preserving life on the scene and enroute to a hospital.
Kimberly's family experienced a tragic death in 2017 which involved faulty ambulance equipment and that traumatic experience brought about her desire to explore and improve EMS service delivery. According to the Kentucky Board of Medical Emergencies, the average entry level starting pay for an EMT is $11.88 and $15.62 for a Paramedic. The following are some issues that Kimberly would like to see addressed specific to EMS:
  • Classify Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics as "essential workers" in our communities
  • Pay parity for EMTs and Paramedics comparable to other healthcare professions
  • Ensure that ambulances are outfitted with an automated hands-free mechanical CPR machine

Cannabis

Kimberly for KY 47 District

Medicinal marijuana has been proven to improve the health and wellness for a variety of mental and physical ailments and is recognized by the Veterans Administration as an effective method of treatment for some veterans suffering from PTSD. Kimberly supports the legalization of cannibas and believes it should be available to those Kentuckians seeking an alternative medical treatment that can improve their quality of life.

Older Adults and Long Term Care

10,000 baby boomers turn 65 each day in America and nearly 70 percent of Americans who reach age 65 will someday require assistance with daily living. Long-term care insurance policies are available but often too expensive for most to afford and only a small percentage of us have sufficient wealth to afford long term care needs later in life. Many working adults are already family caregivers for their aging parents and Kimberly understands the unique challenges these caregivers face. Our current system is not equipped for the growing need and most older adults would prefer to age in place (at home) rather than be sent to a nursing home. Kimberly will be proactive in addressing age friendly initiatives and policies that support older adults and family caregivers. If you are needing assistance with caregiving you can find support and resources online by visiting these local organizations: AARP AARP Kentucky; U of L Trager Institute https://www.tragerinstitute.org/ For those living in Henry or Trimble county you should visit KIPDA Kentuckiana Regional Planning & Development Agency (KIPDA) and if you live in Owen or Carroll county you can find caregiver support from NKADD The Northern Kentucky Area Development District

 

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