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ASHLEY BRAUER JOINS THE FOUNDATION FOR A HEALTHY KENTUCKY AS COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR

The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky has named Ashley Brauer as its new communications director. In this role, Brauer will manage strategic communications, including media relations, digital efforts, the annual report and other publications.
HEALTH FOR A CHANGE: HEALTH POLICY UPDATES FOR KENTUCKY'S CHILDREN

Recent federal policy changes give states and advocates for improving children's health the opportunity to increase access to Medicaid health care coverage for children and their families. Children covered by health insurance grow up to be healthier adults with higher educational attainment and better paying jobs. The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky will host a Health for a Change webinar in April to explain these policy changes and what they mean for the wellbeing of families and children in Kentucky.
HEALTH FOR A CHANGE: TOOLS FOR INCREASING COVID-19 VACCINE UPTAKE IN KENTUCKY

Many Kentucky Covid-19 vaccination sites are reporting openings, and public health experts say that we are still far from achieving "herd immunity" for Covid-19. A much greater proportion of the population must be vaccinated to reach the point at which the virus will no longer spread. At an upcoming Health for a Change webinar, health and media experts will share tools and ideas for increasing vaccine uptake among specific populations in Kentucky, including Black, rural, and Spanish-speaking persons.
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Foundation Events
Health for a Change Webinar: Tools for Increasing COVID-19 Vaccine Uptake in Kentucky
April 15, 2021
10:00-11:00 AM ET

Join us on this free 1-hour webinar. Kentucky leaders will detail their strategies and tools for getting the word out about COVID-19 vaccines to specific audiences. Health advocates, State and local government officials, health department directors, media, Kentucky nonprofits and health care providers are invited.

PRESENTERS
  • Noel Coplen, Director, Graves County Health Department
  • Delanor Manson, MA, BSN, RN, CEO for the Kentucky Nurses Association
  • Shamarria Morrison, Weekend Evening Anchor, Reporter / Multimedia Journalist, WPSD TV
  • Roanya Rice, MBA, BSN, RN, Public Health Director, North Central District Health Department
Health for a Change Webinar: Kentucky’s Children: Important Health Policy Updates
April 28, 2021
10:00-11:00 AM ET

Join us on this free 1-hour webinar to hear the most recent changes at the federal- and state-level that will impact children and youth in Kentucky.

Children with health care coverage grow up to be healthier adults with higher educational attainment and better paying jobs. Recently, federal policy changes gave states and stakeholders an opportunity to improve access to Medicaid coverage and care for children and their families. Kelly Whitener, JD, MPH of Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy’s Center for Children and Families will update us on these important changes.

Significant changes to policy in 2021 will impact Kentucky kids’ health – for better and for worse. Dustin Pugel, Senior Policy Analyst at the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy, will outline these policy changes and what it means for the wellbeing of children and families in Kentucky.
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 


Resources
American Lung Association N-O-T® Not On Tobacco youth tobacco cessation and INDEPTH® alternative to suspension programs and facilitator training courses.

INDEPTH Facilitator Training Course is free, includes three-year certification, school policy guidance and downloadable curriculum and materials
N-O-T Facilitator Training Course is $400 per facilitator, includes three-year certification and INDEPTH Facilitator training also.
These programs support comprehensive tobacco control policies in school or community settings and support the American Lung Association’s measures to eliminate tobacco use by youth and to reduce the youth e-cigarette prevalence rate to 15% by 2025.

As your trusted champion in lung health, we invite you to learn more and visit Lung.org or contact NOT@Lung.org or INDEPTH@Lung.org for additional information.
Kentuckiana Health Collaborative "Opioids and the Workplace" toolkit

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

My Life, My Quit teen text-to-quit service

My Life, My Quit™ is the free and confidential way to quit smoking or vaping. Text "Start My Quit" to 36072 or click to chat with a Coach. We are here for you every step of the way. It's YOUR LIFE and we're here to help you live it YOUR WAY.

Upcoming Events
Health for a Change Webinar: Tools for Increasing COVID-19 Vaccine Uptake in Kentucky
April 15, 2021
10:00-11:00 AM ET

Join us on this free 1-hour webinar. Kentucky leaders will detail their strategies and tools for getting the word out about COVID-19 vaccines to specific audiences. Health advocates, State and local government officials, health department directors, media, Kentucky nonprofits and health care providers are invited.

PRESENTERS
  • Noel Coplen, Director, Graves County Health Department
  • Delanor Manson, MA, BSN, RN, CEO for the Kentucky Nurses Association
  • Shamarria Morrison, Weekend Evening Anchor, Reporter / Multimedia Journalist, WPSD TV
  • Roanya Rice, MBA, BSN, RN, Public Health Director, North Central District Health Department
More than Child’s Play! Active Play’s Positive Impact on Children’s Brains & Bodies
April 20, 2021
2:00-4:00 PM ET

Join the Kentucky Department for Public Health's State Physical Activity & Nutrition (SPAN) Program for a free webinar with national physical education expert Diane Craft, Ph.D., as she discusses active play and how it can help all young children learn, grow, and be healthy.  

Participants will learn developmentally-appropriate, inclusive, and fun physical activities that work well for all kinds of early childhood classrooms and child care centers. This webinar is open to all Kentucky providers of early care & education (ECE), and those who provide ECE technical assistance. ECE-TRIS clock hours will be available to attendees. Registration is free but limited.
Kentucky Nurses Association Webinar: Advocating for School Nurses at the Local Level
April 26, 2021
6:30-7:30 PM ET

Join the Kentucky Nurses Association for a CE program, "Advocating for School Nurses on the Local Level," 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Monday, April 26. At the conclusion of the program, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the many roles of a school nurse;
  • Identify the role of the nurse advocate at the level of the Kentucky Department of Education;
  • Give examples of advocating in a small school district and
  • List 4 - 5 examples to advocate to school nurses at the local level.
2021 KY Tobacco Control Conference Webinar: E-cigarette Education in Schools
April 27, 2021
3:30-4:45 PM ET

Please join the Kentucky Tobacco Prevention & Cessation Program and the Kentucky Center for Smoke-free Policy for this free, 75-minute webinar on e-cigarette education in schools and how life science and tobacco control approaches can each motivate and empower teens to stay vape-free.

Local health department tobacco coordinators, school science teachers, and others working in education or public health are encouraged to attend!

Helping fewer youth ever try tobacco products is a key tenet of evidence-based tobacco control. In this webinar, attendees will compare and contrast two different ways to do this, right from the classroom. The University of Kentucky’s (UK's) #iCANendthetrend tobacco control approach is an evidence-formed, interactive peer-to-peer program with a goal of stopping middle- and high-school students from trying vaping. Another school-based approach is to incorporate e-cigarette content into science classes by aligning lessons with curriculum standards. This is the life science approach featured in the Beyond Nicotine lesson series from the University of North Carolina (UNC) - Chapel Hill. Developed in collaboration with toxicologists, each Beyond Nicotine lesson helps high school science teachers invite students to interpret scientific data and evaluate the impact of e-cigarette flavorings and aerosols on respiratory health.
Health for a Change Webinar: Kentucky’s Children: Important Health Policy Updates
April 28, 2021
10:00-11:00 AM ET

Join us on this free 1-hour webinar to hear the most recent changes at the federal- and state-level that will impact children and youth in Kentucky.

Children with health care coverage grow up to be healthier adults with higher educational attainment and better paying jobs. Recently, federal policy changes gave states and stakeholders an opportunity to improve access to Medicaid coverage and care for children and their families. Kelly Whitener, JD, MPH of Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy’s Center for Children and Families will update us on these important changes.

Significant changes to policy in 2021 will impact Kentucky kids’ health – for better and for worse. Dustin Pugel, Senior Policy Analyst at the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy, will outline these policy changes and what it means for the wellbeing of children and families in Kentucky.
Kentucky Youth Advocates Virtual Summit: Closing the Gaps in Behavioral Health Care for Youth in Louisville
May 11, 2021
9:30 AM -12:00 PM ET

Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence and Kentucky Youth Advocates are teaming up to host a virtual summit to encourage healthier and more resilient kids in Louisville. They invite you to learn more about recent research surveying the landscape of Louisville's behavioral health system for kids, and connect with providers, advocates, youth-serving professionals, and other community members as we develop solutions to close the behavioral health gap for kids.
Funding Opportunities
National Initiative to Address COVID-19 Health Disparities Among Populations at High-Risk and Underserved, Including Racial and Ethnic Minority Populations and Rural Communities Grant

CDC’s Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support (CSTLTS) has published a two-year Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)—CDC-RFA-OT21-2103: National Initiative to Address COVID-19 Health Disparities Among Populations at High-Risk and Underserved, Including Racial and Ethnic Minority Populations and Rural Communitiesexternal icon. This non-research cooperative agreement is funded through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 and is expected to award funding to up to 108 state, local, territorial, and freely associated state health departments, or their bona fide agents. This groundbreaking funding represents CDC’s largest investment to date focusing specifically on reducing health disparities related to COVID-19 and will provide much needed support to directly address these issues in communities that need it most.

Application Deadline: May 3, 2021
Award Amount: $2.25 billion in total grant funds

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: https://grantstream.com/anthem/form/ProgramGrants/en/ 

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

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