Kentucky Civic Health Initiative
On March 1, 2012, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan grimes released the 2011 Kentucky Civic Health Index, a report that measures Kentucky's overall civic health.
The Institute for Citizenship and Social Responsibility at Western Kentucky University, in partnership with the National Conference on Citizenship and with support from the Secretary of State’s office, the McConnell Center at the University of Louisville, and Kentucky Advocates for Civic Education, prepared the report based on U.S. Census Current Population Survey data.
The report examines various aspects of public participation, including voter turnout, political involvement, volunteerism, group membership, and community and family relationships, comparing performance among demographic groups and to other states. It is the first report of its kind in Kentucky.
According to Grimes, the Civic Health Index provides a valuable tool to shape Kentucky's future and to stop the trend of declining civic engagement. Grimes launched the 2012-2013 Civic Health Initiative, a statewide series of roundtable discussions at Kentucky's universities and colleges to improve Kentucky's overall civic health.