Foundation News
Regional Community Health Forum and Smoke-Free Community Workshop Coming to Madisonville on May 22

Organizations and individuals working to improve health in Western Kentucky communities are invited to attend a Regional Community Health Forum in Madisonville on May 22. Hosted by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, the morning forum will be followed by an afternoon workshop on how to conduct smoke-free community campaigns.

Foundation Statement: McConnell Tobacco 21 Bill is Key to Stemming Youth Vaping Epidemic 

U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell today announced plans to introduce a "tobacco 21" bill in the U.S. Senate to raise the minimum legal age for tobacco sales nationwide from 18 to 21. Following is a statement from Ben Chandler, president and CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, who joined Sen. McConnell at the Foundation's offices in Louisville for the announcement:

High Smoking Rate in Appalachia Primary Driver for 3 of 4 Leading Causes of Death

A new report recommends strategies that Appalachian communities can use to reduce the disproportionately high rates of smoking-related disease and mortality in the 420-county region. Included in the approaches are policy measures that communities and states can enact, such as raising the minimum legal age for access to tobacco products from 18 to 21, increasing the price of tobacco products through tax hikes, expanding smoke-free policies, fully funding quit lines, and reducing out-of-pocket costs for cessation programs.

Report: Focus on Childhood Obesity Prevention is a Key Strategy to Address High Obesity Rates in Appalachia 

School-based programs that increase children's access to healthy foods and incorporate more physical activity into the school day are among the practical strategies in a new report about reducing Appalachia's high obesity rates. Noting that residents of Appalachia suffer more frequently from obesity-related chronic health conditions than those living outside the region, the report suggests four strategic approaches:
  1. Establish healthy behaviors among children and youth to prevent childhood obesity.
  2. Increase the availability of affordable healthy foods and beverages in communities.
  3. Create safe communities that support physical activity.
  4. Increase physical activity and healthy eating among adults.
Foundation in the News
Kentucky bans all tobacco products on school campuses

Bevin signs into law ban on tobacco use in all public schools, events

McConnell proposal aimed at reducing teen smoking reflects Kentucky's changing tobacco culture

McConnell proposes raising minimum age to buy tobacco products

Senate Majority Leader McConnell proposes national minimum age of 21 for tobacco
Foundation Events
Regional Community Health Forum & Health for a Change Workshop
May 22, 2019
Madisonville, KY

Regional Community Health Forum - including the Kentucky HEALTH 1115 Medicaid Waiver
9:30 AM - 11:30AM CT
Enjoy coffee and networking starting at 9:30 a.m. The program will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. with a welcome and update on the focus areas and activities of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky by Ben Chandler, President/CEO. Veronica Judy Cecil, Vice President for Public Policy, will convey the latest developments regarding the Kentucky HEALTH Medicaid waiver program. The Forum will include an input session on Medicaid and other priority health issues of concern in Western Kentucky communities.
This session is open to those interested in learning more about the Foundation for Healthy Kentucky and sharing ideas on reaching our highest level of health.

Workshop - Health for a Change - Smoke-free Campaigns: Making Your Community a Better Place to BREATHE
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM CT

100% smoke-free policies are a vaccine to protect your community from heart and lung diseases and cancer. Is your community ready for a smoke-free law? Discover policy change strategies that work. The workshop is led by Ellen J. Hahn, PhD, RN, FAAN (Alumni Professor in the Colleges of Nursing and Public Health at the University of Kentucky) and is open to all those interested in learning more about how to get their community to go smoke-free.

Click here to register.
Health for a Change Webinar:
Counting down to the 2020 Census: Community, Kids, Collaboration
June 19, 2019
1:00 PM-2:00 PM ET

The countdown is on! Is your community ready, Kentucky?

Join us on this free 1-hour webinar to hear about the importance of the 2020 Census, why kids are undercounted, and ways to partner with leaders and groups from across the Commonwealth who are working to ensure a complete and accurate Census count for Kentucky.

We welcome your questions about the 2020 Census. Please enter them via the registration page.

Webinar objectives:
  • Understand what preparations have been made at the state and local levels in Kentucky.
  • Learn why children are especially at risk of being missed in the census and how that impacts Kentucky communities.
  • Learn action steps you and your organization can take to ensure all Kentucky's children are counted.
  • Define Complete Count Committees and learn steps to start or join one in your community.
Click here to register.
2019 Data Forum
November 15, 2019
Erlanger, KY
Free JUUL Ads

DrugFreeLex and the Tobacco Committee recently released three striking public service announcements (PSAs) on JUUL. These face-paced, fact-based PSAs, designed to target parents, teachers, administrators and other working with youth, are free for all to use. Each video includes facts about JUUL and other e-cigarettes. These short ads provide insight into the chemicals in JUUL and their harmful effects, the rising popularity of JUUL, why youth may be more susceptible to e-cigarette use and addiction, and why e-cigarettes are especially damaging for teens including negative health costs and long-term adverse health effects. 

Share these ads on social media, websites, blogs, television, waiting rooms, break rooms, public spaces, movie theaters, and other venues where adults visit: 

What Parents Need to Know about JUULs and other E-cigarettes.
Why so Popular?
Why so Bad for Teens?

Click here to learn more about DrugFreeLex. 
Call for Nominations: "Unsung Heroes" in your community

The University of Kentucky College of Social Work would like to recognize "Unsung Heroes," those Kentuckians who devote their time and energy to the pursuit of social justice in the Commonwealth.
We would like to honor individuals who:
  • Work toward social change and equity for all members of our society.
  • Take action to improve the lives of individuals, families, and communities.
  • Inspire others to want to make a positive difference in the lives of others.
  • Make a difference in the lives of other Kentuckians
This award is intended to celebrate individuals for whom other awards or formal methods of recognition do not already exist. Anyone can nominate an individual for this award. Please complete this form to nominate someone for the Unsung Heroes award to be presented on Friday, April 26, 2019 at the College of Social Work's Evening of Excellence. The deadline for nominations is March 8th, 2019.

They hope to have a representation of Unsung Heroes from across the Commonwealth; please help them in recognizing those who work to make a difference for individuals, families and communities:

Call for Nominations: 2019 Community Engagement Award in Environmental Health Sciences

The University of Kentucky Center for Appalachian Research in Environmental Sciences (UK-CARES) in partnership with the Center of Excellence in Rural Health (CERH) announces the inaugural Community Engagement Award in Environmental Health Sciences. The UK-CARES/CERH Community Engagement Award recognizes individuals or community-academic teams who demonstrate effective research or project evaluation to improve environmental health in Appalachia.

The individual or community-academic team you nominate must meet at least one of the following guidelines:
  • Community-engaged environmental health scientist
  • Community member engaged in issues to keep the air or water healthy
  • Involved in community-academic partnerships
  • Demonstrate outstanding community-engaged science

Click here to learn more.

Click here to submit a nomination.

Stanford Tobacco Prevention Toolkit Training 

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department Tobacco Program will host training sessions for the Stanford University School of Medicine Youth Tobacco Prevention Toolkit during March 2019. The "Toolkit" is a nationally recognized, evidence-based curriculum. It is more comprehensive than typical tobacco prevention curricula because it includes content designed to improve general adolescent health vs. focusing only on tobacco. It is free to use, and contains seven modules with ready-made activities, PowerPoint presentations, handouts, and worksheets.

This training is free, and Kentucky educators, adult stakeholders, and anyone interested in youth tobacco prevention are invited to attend. See below for more information about the training, and learn more about the "Toolkit" at 
To participate:  Questions? Contact Angela Brumley-Shelton, Lexington-Fayette County Health Department at (859)288-2457 or 
Recognize a Smoke-free Advocate! 

Kentucky Center for Smoke-free Policy (KCSP) invites you to submit a nominee for the 2019 David B. Stevens, MD, Smoke-free Advocate of the Year Award in recognition of their contributions to secondhand smoke education and/or smoke-free policy.  The award receipient will be recognized at the April 17, 2019 Tobacco Control Conference in Lexington.  

Upcoming Events
71st Annual Kentucky Public Health Association Conference (Theme: "New Public Health Challenges in an Ever-Changing World!)
April 10-12, 2019
Covington, KY
Cancer Data in the Commonwealth: Spotlight on Lung Cancer Webinar
April 30, 2019
2:00-3:30 PM ET

This webinar will look closely at Kentucky Cancer Consortium Kentucky cancer data with a special focus on lung cancer.  It will highlight prevention, early detection, incidence (new cases), mortality (deaths) and how lung cancer compares to other cancers in Kentucky and the nation. The speakers will represent the Kentucky Cancer Registry, Kentucky Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Program and more!

It will also provide practical ways to get involved in their collective work.

Health Equity and Literacy Summit
June 8, 2019
Louisville, KY

Join Surgery on Sunday Louisville as they gather together clinicians, educators, researchers, policymakers and other stakeholders to develop solutions to the health disparities in colon cancer among racial and ethnic minorities in the United States. Collaboration on these issues is the key to solving them in a timely and systematic way. 

Funding Opportunities
2019 Health Equity Fund Grant

The Health Equity Fund was started with $25,000 in Culture of Health Prize money from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and has grown to $160,0000 thanks to contributions from various groups.  The Health Equity Fund will give out four grants to local nonprofits that are working to make Louisville a better place for minorities to thrive.  

Eligibility requirements: 
  • Be 501c3 nonprofit organizations, or be fiscally sponsored by a 501c3 nonprofit organization in good standing;
  • Have people of color as a majority of organizational leadership (Board, Executive Director or equivalent, and supervisory staff);
  • Be able to demonstrate how their work is significantly advancing (or has great potential to significantly advance) health equity;
  • Have an annual budget of less than $250,000 and/or share compelling evidence that its work is informed by and connected to the communities being served;
  • Be able to demonstrate how the funding will allow the organization to better address obstacles to health equity.
Grant Amount: 4 grants of up to $20,000 

Applications due: April 22, 2019

Youth Engagement in Sports: Collaboration to Improve Adolescent Physical Activity and Nutrition (YES Initiative) 

The YES Initiative seeks to support projects that address the HHS priority to expand youth participation in sports and encourage regular physical activity, especially for youth populations with lower rates of sports participation and communities with limited access to athletic facilities or recreational areas. YES Initiative applicants should address unhealthy physical activity and nutrition behaviors in racial/ethnic minority and socio-economically disadvantaged youth, including specifically girls, and provide opportunities to learn skills and gain experiences that contribute to more positive lifestyles and enhance their capacity to make healthier life choices.

Webinar for potential applicants will be held on April 24, 2019 at 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Please check the Office of Minority Health website: 

Award Ceiling: $400,000

Applications due: May 31, 2019

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