Civic Health Initiative

The 2013 Civic Health Assessment: Shaping Kentucky's Future Together

In 2012 and 2013, Secretary Grimes held a statewide series of roundtable discussions at Kentucky's universities and colleges to address ways to improve Kentucky's civic health. The 15 public forums took place across the Commonwealth, reaching every region of the state. In addition to panels comprised of elected officials and leaders in education, business, and the community, active audiences filled with students and local residents shared their experiences and insights.

Following the roundtables, Secretary Grimes compiled a summary of the discussions she had with fellow Kentuckians, focusing on the key concepts of (1) civic engagement, (2) political action, and (3) social connectedness. No matter the topic, the common theme of "intentional acts" emerged in each discussion. The Civic Health Assessment outlines some of the challenges our communities and state are facing and solutions that are being implemented. Secretary Grimes hopes it will inspire you to take intentional acts of your own to be more civically engaged.

The Kentucky Civic Health Index

The foundation for Secretary Grimes' efforts to address civic health is Kentucky's first-ever Civic Health Index, which Secretary Grimes released on March 1, 2012. The Index is 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 (NCoC) 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.