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The revenue bill adopted today by the Kentucky General Assembly includes an excise tax on e-cigarettes: House Bill 351 would tax pre-filled e-cigarette cartridges, or pods, at the rate of $1.50 per pod; it also would tax open e-cigarette systems at the rate of 15 percent of the wholesale price. The Coalition for a Smoke-Free Tomorrow, of which the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky is a founding member, sought an e-cigarette excise tax of 27.5 percent of the wholesale price on all e-cigarette products.


"Prepare, protect, disinfect" is the theme of a public service announcement campaign released today by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and the Kentucky Medical Association in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The three, 30-second PSAs are available free of charge, and are designed to reinforce critical public health messages that will help prevent the spread of the virus, which could overwhelm Kentucky's health care system.

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KY Chamber, KCTCS partner on 'Restart Kentucky' to bring industry leaders together on economic recovery 
Covid-19 Resources
Kentucky Covid-19 website

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Covid-19 website
Bluegrass Community Foundation Coronavirus Response Fund 
Kentucky Voices for Health Covid-19 Explainers for Consumers 

Help for Kentuckians During COVID-19

What Kentuckians need to know about COVID-19
Kentuckiana Health Collaborative "Opioids and the Workplace" toolkid
Protecting Immigrant Families guidance to defuse false and negative associations between COVID-19 and immigrant communities or populations

The Opportunity Agenda Ten Lessons for Talking About Race, Racism and Racial Justice

Report: Health Impact Assessment of Expungement Policy in Kentucky

The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness (LMPHW) conducted a Health Impact Assessment (HIA) to review the influence that changes to KRS Chapter 431, Kentucky's existing expungement policy, would have on health. 

CityHealth is seeking applicants for small and mid-size city pilot program

CityHealth is seeking applicants for a pilot program aimed at improving health among mid-sized and smaller cities, defined as a jurisdiction with a population of less than 275,000. CityHealth currently partners with the nation's largest 40 cities, and is looking to support small and mid-sized cities in using policy to create healthier and more vibrant communities. CityHealth will select a small group of cities to participate in the initial pilot. They will provide training materials and technical assistance to guide these participants as they do their own assessment of their policies. After validation by an independent team of lawyers, participating cities will then be scored on the completed self-assessments and awarded medals based on CityHealth criteria. Each city will receive communications support to publicize their work to build thriving communities

This is Quitting now available for Kentuckians age 13-24 

The Kentucky Department for Public Health encourages teens and young adults who want to quit vaping to get free help from This Is Quitting, a nationwide texting service. 

This is Quitting was developed by Truth Initiative and is being promoted directly to Kentuckians through a collaboration with DPH. The service is intended for young people ages 13 to 24, and is tailored by age group to give appropriate recommendations about quitting vaping. It was developed with input from young people who have already attempted to or succeeded in quitting e-cigarettes. Participants should text KENTUCKY to 88709 to enroll in the program, which provides up to nine weeks of coaching.

PSAs about E-Cigaretts and Youth
DrugFreeLex and the Tobacco Committee recently released three striking public service announcements (PSAs) on JUUL. These face-paced, fact-based PSAs, designed for parents, teachers, administrators and others 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 PSA's 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. 
Upcoming Events
Outside the Margins: COVID-19, Health Inequities, and the Black Community Webinar
April 28, 2020
12:00-1:30 PM ET

The current global pandemic has had disproportionate impact on African-American communities despite the precautionary measures society has taken. This health disparity was not created by coronavirus, but instead, has shone a light on the glaring inequalities that define everyday life for many Americans. Join the Center for Graduate and Professional Diversity Initiatives, the Martin Luther King Jr. Center, Bias Incidents Support Services, and the Inclusive Health Partnerships as we bring together a panel of experts from around the commonwealth to discuss the current crisis, and explore how to protect communities outside of the margins.

KYA Advocate Virtual Forum: Looking Back at the 2020 KY General Assembly & Looking Ahead to 2021
April 29, 2020
10:00 AM ET

Join Kentucky Youth Advocates and partners from across the state as we look back at this year's General Assembly and look ahead to 2021, including our state's legislative and budget priorities related to COVID-19 recovery. Senator Whitney Westerfield and Representative Josie Raymond will be joining the forum.

America Walks Webinar- Walking and Walkability in the Time of COVID-19: New Policies and Practices
May 13, 2020
2:00 PM ET

As America responds to the coronavirus pandemic, how do physical distancing, stay-at-home orders, and a slower economy impact walking and walkability? This webinar will discuss why it's especially important to stay active right now, how new policies and practices can help you do so safely, and what the national walking movement might learn from the crisis. This webinar is intended for those who are familiar with topics and issues related to walking and walkability.

Funding Opportunities
Robert Wood Johnson Global Ideas for U.S. Solutions: Cities Taking Action to Address Health, Equity, and Climate Change Call for Proposals

Through this $3 million funding opportunity, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation seeks to bring the most impactful ideas from across the globe to U.S. cities to address the intertwined issues of health, equity, and climate change. 

Grant Amount: not exceeding $600,000 per recipient, $3 million total in funding

Application Deadline: April 30, 2020

Anthem to Invest $2 Million across Kentucky to Address Health Disparities

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield's Medicaid plan in Kentucky, together with the Anthem Foundation, will invest $2 million in 2020 to address health disparities across the Commonwealth, with a heightened focus on school-aged children.

Non-profits and community partners in Kentucky that work with the school-aged population and focus on addressing health disparities are encouraged to submit a proposal and funding request to Anthem at 

American Electric Power Foundation Grants

Supports nonprofits working in the areas of hunger, housing, health and safety, human services, education, and the environment in American Electric Power's eleven state service area.

Grant amount: no less than $15,00

Applications accepted on an ongoing basis

Appalachian Community Fund Technical Assistance Grants

Funding for technical assistance needs for community-based organizations that address underlying causes of economic and social distress in the Appalachian region.

Grant amount: up to $800

Applications accepted on an ongoing basis

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