Foundation News
Murray Mayor Jack Rose Named Healthy Kentucky Policy Champion
Murray Mayor Jack Rose has been named a Healthy Kentucky Policy Champion by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky for his work to improve local health by passing a smoke-free ordinance in the city. The award recognizes individuals and organizations working to improve the health of Kentuckians through policy change. 

Foundation Grants: Breathitt County Growing Community Collaboration Toward Improved Health
A Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky grant program in Breathitt County has helped local students learn about and enjoy healthier foods and engage in more physical activity, while also strengthening the cooperative work of agencies invested in healthy living in the county.

In addition, the Breathitt County Health Planning Council for Children (BCHPCC), the Foundation's grantee, helped develop the Breathitt County Diabetes Coalition - Diabetes Prevention Program, which is helping several county residents to lose weight. The 12-month program, now working with the third cohort of participants, includes cooking and exercise classes and education about diabetes prevention and healthier living.

Dr. Van Breeding Names Healthy Kentucky Policy Champion
Whitesburg primary care physician Van S. Breeding has been named a Healthy Kentucky Policy Champion by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky for his leadership in fighting the substance use crisis in Letcher, Harlan, Perry, Owsley and Bell Counties. The award recognizes individuals and organizations working to improve the health of Kentuckians through policy change.

Paducah Mayor Brandi Harless Names Healthy Kentucky Policy Champion
Paducah Mayor Brandi Harless has been named a Healthy Kentucky Policy Champion by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky for her leadership toward enacting a stronger smoke-free ordinance in the city. The award recognizes individuals and organizations working to improve the health of Kentuckians through policy change.

Foundation in the News
Paducah mayor named Healthy Kentucky Policy Champion

Harless awarded for aiding public health

New resources help us understand health in Appalachia, focuses on Culture of Health factors

Upcoming Foundation Events
Howard L. Bost Memorial Health Policy Forum 

Kentucky, along with other regions in the U.S., suffers from an addiction epidemic. While opioid misuse has assumed the face of addiction, the underlying causes and existing treatment of addiction lay a complex foundation for what has become a crisis in America, and in Kentucky. Addiction is a complex and chronic brain condition that leads to social, economic and health dysfunction. 

The 2018 Bost Forum will explore addiction, focusing first on where we stand as a state and on the national stage, then delving into a more detailed examination of the underlying causes of the epidemic and how we might begin to heal our residents. 

The one-day forum will begin with a panel of experts who will discuss Kentucky's addiction burden and the human and economic toll. A second panel of experts from various national and state agencies will then discuss current and potential solutions to treating addiction, with Q&A from the audience. 

Following these panels, we will offer three discussions narrowing the focus to specific issues raised by Kentucky's addiction epidemic. Conference attendees may select two of the three discussions.

Smoke-free Campaigns: Making Your Community a Better Place to BREATHE

September 27, 2018, 9A M-12PM ET
Northern Kentucky Health Department
8001 Veterans Memorial Dr., Florence, KY

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.
Learning objectives:
  • Discuss the population health benefits of 100% smoke-free laws.
  • Apply a tested policy advocacy model to taking action for smoke-free laws.
  • Describe common opportunities and challenges to smoke-free policy advocacy. 
Costs associated with this workshop are fully underwritten by the co-sponsors, Interact for Health and the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky is pleased to co-sponsor this workshop as part of their Health for a Change training series. There is no charge to attend the workshop.

Webinar: Learning How to Measure Your Advocacy Efforts: An Introductory Webinar
October 4, 2018, 1PM-2PM ET

Advocacy evaluation capacity and practice are critical to success. If you are to understand your environment, implement interventions effectively, and make change, it is necessary to collect high quality data. Innovation Network will conduct a free one-hour webinar to provide an introduction to advocacy evaluation. Through this webinar, Innovation will offer an overview of advocacy evaluation, and provide relevant approaches and theories associated with measuring advocacy efforts. This event is presented in partnership with Interact for Health.

Learning objectives:
  • See how evaluation can add value to your work
  • Describe the stages of the evaluation lifecycle
  • Define and demystify advocacy evaluation
  • Learn about approaches and methods to advocacy evaluation
Working with the Media

October 24, 2018, 12:30P M-3PM CT
McCracken County Public Library 
555 Washington Street, Paducah, KY 42003

Join us for this FREE in-person workshop in Paducah, Kentucky. The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky is offering an in-person workshop to help nonprofit organizations work effectively with the media to improve news coverage of their efforts. This FREE workshop has limited seating, so register early! We thank the McCracken County Public Library for hosting this event.

Workshop objectives: 

  • Establish a basic understanding of media messaging
  • Learn key strategies for a media interview
  • Understand the basics of an effective news release
  • Identify pre-interview preparation techniques
Workshop:  Learning How to Measure your Advocacy Efforts: An Interactive Workshop
October 25, 2018, 10:00A M-3PM ET
Northern Kentucky Health Department
8001 Veterans Memorial Drive, Florence, KY 41042

Are you working to make policy change in your city or state? How do you know if your efforts are working? How are you using data to tell your story? In partnership with Interact for Health and Foundation for Healthy Kentucky, Innovation Network ( will conduct a one-hour introductory webinar (Oct 4) and half-day workshop that will offer information and tools necessary for measuring and communicating the process and impact of your advocacy and policy change efforts. The workshop is highly interactive and will provide ample opportunity to apply skills addressed in the workshop directly to your own work.

Learning objectives:
  • Understand the unique elements of measuring advocacy and policy change efforts
  • Apply advocacy strategy frameworks to your work
  • Learn how to approach your strategy and evaluation with the right questions and measures that match your organization's needs and capacity
  • Explore appropriate data collection methods

Annie E. Casey Foundation ARC Reflections Training Program

Because foster parents play a critical role in supporting children in foster care, who often have experienced trauma, the Casey Foundation developed ARC Reflections, a nine-session program that child welfare agencies can use to train foster parents to better care for children who have had traumatic experiences.

US Department of Agriculture  PROGRAMS IN THE LOCAL FOOD SUPPLY CHAIN 2-pager

This USDA 2-pager includes all grants, loans and technical assistance opportunities relevant to local food and food systems work.  

Public Health Law Center Webinar Recording: 
What We Can Do To Rein In JUUL: A Policy Discussion

The second in their series of Tobacco Control Legal Consortium/Public Health Law Center webinars on the emergence of JUUL, the e-cigarette product that has become extremely popular among kids and adults alike. In this webinar, legal and policy experts discuss the recent steps that the FDA has taken to regulate JUUL and other e-cigarette products, as well as options for state and local governments to supplement and enhance federal regulation.

New FAQ on Tobacco Treatment Coverage for Health Professionals

State legislation enacted in 2017 effectively reduces barriers to tobacco cessation treatment. Under this law, Kentuckians who have fully-funded health benefit plans, Medicaid, or are receiving services through Managed Care Organizations are entitled to obtain comprehensive tobacco treatment.

The Kentucky Cancer Consortium Lung Cancer Network's new FAQ on Tobacco Treatment Coverage in Kentucky is targeted for health professionals. Please disseminate this new product to all health professionals in your region.

Partnerships for Health Equity and Opportunity: A Healthcare Playbook for Community Developers

This playbook from Public Health Institute's Build Healthy Places Network guides community developers toward partnerships with hospitals and healthcare systems. As stewards for the communities they serve, the community development sector develops and finances the physical spaces, infrastructure, and essential services needed to live a healthy and productive life and can serve as an action arm for advancing population health and health equity.

Kentucky Rural Health Association: Call for Posters

The Kentucky Rural Health Association and the UK Center of Excellence in Rural Health invites you to submit poster proposals for the Annual Conference scheduled for November 15 & 16, 2018 at the WKU Knicely Center in Bowling Green, KY.  

Tips for Teachers: Promoting Healthy Eating & Physical Activity in the Classroom

This document produced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) includes 11 ways to promote healthy eating and physical activity in a school classroom.  

Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Scorecard

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has launched a new website called the Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Scorecard. The stated purpose of the website is to "increase public transparency about the programs' administration and outcomes. The Scorecard includes measures voluntarily reported by states, as well as federally reported measures in three areas:
  • State Health System Performance
  • State Administrative Accountability
  • Federal Administrative Accountability
The site includes data that allows comparisons on how state Medicaid programs are performing on various health measures, such as immunization rates, the rate of children receiving regular check-ups, the rate of beneficiaries diagnosed with substance-abuse problems receiving treatment, as well as about how long it takes CMS to review states' waiver requests, state plan amendments and the rates paid to Medicaid managed-care plans.

Helping Children and Youth Who Have Traumatic Experiences Report

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has released a new report: Helping Children and Youth Who Have Traumatic Experiences. The report addresses the issue of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and shows how children and youth who have experienced traumatic events are at risk of developing serious emotional disturbances or serious mental illness, along with other health problems.  The report also highlights how children who experience trauma and receive treatment through systems of care show significant improvements in their behavioral and emotional health. This framework enhances care coordination across multiple systems that work with children's services.

Has JUUL Labs reached out to schools in your community about a pilot youth prevention/education program?

If so, please let know! Tobacco companies have a long history of promoting school programs that are ineffective or actually encourage smoking. 

Upcoming Events
Public Health Law Center Webinar: Heated Cigarettes: How States Can Avoid Getting Burned
August 30, 2018, 12:00PM-1:00PM CT

Heated cigarettes are garnering increased attention as commercial tobacco product manufacturers tout their marketing success abroad and begin introducing the products into the U.S. market. Although the tobacco industry refers to them as "heat-not-burn" products, this term is a misnomer that attempts to downplay the harm of using these products. This webinar includes an overview of this category of products, describes products currently available on the U.S. market, and explains how heated cigarettes fit into a comprehensive regulatory scheme.

Kentucky Nonprofit Network Webinar: What Nonprofits Need to Know about Kentucky HEALTH
September 5, 2018, 10:30 AM-11:30AM ET

Join Veronica Cecil, Executive Director of The Kentucky Health Engagement Foundation and Vice President for Policy at Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, and Tracy Williams, Community Engagement Project Manager in the Office of Educational Programs at the Education & Workforce Development Cabinet, for the latest on the Kentucky HEALTH program.  Kentucky HEALTH is Kentucky's "new health and well-being program for certain low-income adults and their families."

Veronica and Tracy will share the latest information on the status of this Medicaid program, as well as resources for nonprofits interested in the new proposed community engagement requirements.

StAMINA's Mental Health Research on Youth and their Adult Allies Illuminates Urgent Need for Action
September 11, 2018, 7:30 AM-10:00AM ET
Louisville, KY 

Employers are not only interested in addressing the mental health issues of their current employees but also of their future employees. GE Appliances, a Haier company, funded an innovative research project in partnership with StAMINA and the Kentuckiana Health Collaborative to look specifically at how to address the mental health issues facing Kentucky's youth. StAMINA founder Allison Tu will reveal the findings of her new, rigorous qualitative research that evaluated unique youth perspectives on mental health, as well as those of adult allies. Allison will then join StAMINA's core team of students and the lead researcher, Dr. Stephen O'Connor, University of Louisville, for an open discussion of the findings. 

American Lung Association Webinar: Identifying Telehealth as a Vehicle to Support Tobacco Cessation 
September 13, 2018, 3P M-4PM ET

This webinar will explore how telehealth can be used to improve access to tobacco cessation. Telehealth has potential to improve access in communities that have a lack of providers, for patients with limited mobility, and for individuals who wish to minimize the time spent receiving care. However, there are many challenges to using it effectively.
This webinar will also explore the current state of telehealth, how it can be used as a vehicle for tobacco cessation and key considerations to understand on the topic. 

2018 Healthcare Transformation Survival Seminar
September 14, 2018,  9AM-3PM ET
Louisville, KY 

Take an in-depth look at the Medicare Access and CHIP Re-authorization Act (MACRA) legislation and the Quality Payment Program! This event will explore MACRA Year 2, the Care Transitions Quality Measure, Cost Category of MIPS, Considerations for Moving to Advanced Payment Models, Practice Transformation and Quality Improvement, 2018 Meaningful Use Changes and Hard to Hit Measures, and 2017 Security Breaches.  Please note: this is a completely different agenda than last year and updated information will be provided. Continuing Medical Education (CME) Credit will be offered for MDs.  

Lung Cancer & Smoking Cessation Symposium
September 14, 2018,  9AM-3PM ET
Morehead, KY 

The third annual symposium, presented by the University of Kentucky and the Northeast AHEC, will cover a wide range of topics, including: 
  • A History of Smoking and Lung Cancer in Kentucky
  • Exploring Solutions to Programmatic Barriers in Smoking Cessation
  • The Tobacco Prevention Landscape
  • Menifee County Tobacco Efforts
  • Kentucky Tobacco Policy Updates

Key note speaker Brenna Van Frank, Senior Medical Officer in the Office on Smoking and Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will present a three bucket approach to tobacco prevention. Ben Chandler, President and CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, will present Tobacco Policy Updates in Kentucky.  

Trust for America's Health Webinar: Taking Action to Promote Health Equity-Lessons from The California Endowment's Building Healthy Communities Project
September 18, 2018, 1:30P M-3PM ET

The promotion of health equity is central to Trust for America's Health's (TFAH) work to support optimal health for every person and community. 

As a part of this effort, TFAH is launching a four-part Web Forum series called Taking Action to Promote Health Equity-Using the Lessons from Cutting-Edge Practices to Improve Health and Well Being. Their goal is to shine a bright light on some of the most compelling and replicable activities that help advance health equity. Program speakers will share their lessons learned through practice and experiences that are transferable to diverse community settings-large or small, urban or rural-and with substantial or minimal resources. And while a few of the examples may be familiar, the Web Forum series will feature excellent work that has not received much national attention. 

The first Web Forum of the series will analyze the impact of The California Endowment's unprecedented Building Healthy Communities initiative. This $1 billion, multi-year effort in 14 communities across California has shown what can be achieved with long-term, community-led, place-based campaigns. The panelists will provide a broad overview of the initiative, highlight two community examples, and equip audience members with strategies and tools they can use to advance health equity in their work and communities.

2018 3rd Annual KY Association of Community Health Workers Conference
September 27, 2018,  8AM-4:30PM ET
Louisville, KY 

Learn about how Community Health Workers are vital to the movement for a healthy KY. Areas of interest this year are: healthcare coverage and access, stress toxicity and reduction, and implicit bias. Refreshing information that you won't want to miss! Agenda coming soon!

Children's Environmental Health Summit
October 11, 2018,  8:30AM-4PM ET
Georgetown, KY 

The Kentucky Department for Public Health in collaboration with the Kentucky Population Health Institute, WEDCO District Health Department, and the University of Cincinnati Medical Center Department of Environmental Health is hosting the Third Annual Children's Environmental Health Summit on Thursday, October 11, 2018 (National Children's Environmental Health Day). 

The target audience includes: decision/policy makers, administrators, teachers, childcare personnel, pediatricians, nurses, academia, environmental educators and providers, community health workers, and state and local public health staff who help assure a safe school, home, play, preschool and community environment for children.

Topics that will be covered include adverse childhood events, JUUL and other POD systems, lead, child safety, preparedness, nutrition, prenatal exposure, asthma, rural health, healthy homes, built environment, green and healthy schools and childcare centers, community engagement, health equity, and more!

Kentucky Voices for Health Annual Meeting: Breaking Down Barriers to Health Equity for Kentuckians
October 19, 2018,  9AM-5PM ET
Lexington, KY 

This meeting brings together health advocates, healthcare providers, faith leaders, researchers, insurers, and policymakers from across the Commonwealth to discuss the ripple effects of barriers to care, which extend far beyond our health to impact our economy and our democracy. Speakers will discuss the disparate ways barriers to care impact the lives of Kentuckians and present opportunities for creating a healthcare system that promotes health equity, economic prosperity, and civic engagement for all.

Collaborative for Children of Addicted Parents Presents: Family-Centered Approach for Children of Addicted Parents
November 14, 2018, 8AM-5PM ET

The Collaborative for Children of Addicted Parents(CCAP), GLAD House, and Cincinnati Children's will be holding their  third annual conference at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington, Kentucky. Nationally known, Dr. Ira Chasnoff will be one of the keynote speakers. 

You are invited to submit a session proposal for the conference. Proposals should explore family-centered practices utilized to provide services to children impacted by addiction.  Call for abstracts.

Funding Opportunities
Award to Support Training, Consulting, and Implementation of Innovative Diabetes Interventions

The Center for Population Health seeks community interventions aimed at prevention and/or control of type II diabetes with this RFP.  This grant will support the work of a national expert team as they train, consult with, and mentor community partners in Cambria and Somerset Counties to implement and study innovative intervention(s) over a three year period. Through this RFP, the Center aims to fulfill its mission of improving health and wellness in Cambria and Somerset Counties by bringing together local community partners in collaboration with successful applicants who are national experts.
Funding amount: total of up to $1.8 million over three years 

Application Deadline: August 23, 2018

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Truth Initiative Tobacco-Free College Grants

Truth Initiative is accepting applications to its Tobacco-Free College Program from community colleges and minority-serving institutions interested in adopting, implementing, and promoting a 100 percent tobacco-free policy.

Grants of up to $20,000 over seventeen months will be awarded to programs that address the development of a college task force with broad campus representation, including students, staff, faculty, and administrators; assess tobacco-related issues, including behavior, attitudes, and support among students, faculty, and staff; educate and engage the campus community and decision-makers on the need for and benefits of a 100 percent smoke-free or tobacco-free campus; identify a plan to address tobacco treatment for those students, faculty, and staff who are interested in quitting; and develop a policy recommendation for a 100 percent smoke-free or 100 percent tobacco-free policy to present to key decision makers. Recipients also will receive technical assistance through webinars, learning communities, and consultations.

Grant Amount: Up to $20,000 over seven months

Application Deadline: September 13, 2018
Interact for Health: Evidence-Based Tobacco Policy Change RFP

Interact for Health seeks proposals to increase the number of people in their region covered by evidence-based tobacco policies.  This funding is intended to support evidence-based tobacco policy change efforts at the community level through developing tobacco control coalitions, strengthening existing tobacco control coalitions, community education, building advocacy capacity to work on policy change, and best-practice policy implementation and enforcement strategies. Interact has prioritized the following evidence-based tobacco policies for this RFP:

* Increasing the minimum legal age of sale for tobacco products
* Creating smoke-free workplaces

Application Deadline: September 18, 2018
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Systems for Action: Systems and Services Research for a Culture of Health Funding

Systems for Action (S4A) is a signature research program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) that builds a Culture of Health by rigorously testing new ways of connecting the nation's fragmented medical, social, and public health systems. Studies conducted through the S4A program test innovative mechanisms for aligning the delivery and financing systems for medical, social, and public health services, with a focus on estimating their impact on health and health equity. S4A uses a wide research lens that includes and extends beyond medical care and public health to incorporate social service systems-such as housing; transportation; education; employment; food and nutrition assistance; child and family support; criminal and juvenile justice; and economic and community development. 

Award Amount: Up to 6 awards of $250,000 over a 24 months period 

Application Deadline: October 10, 2018

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2019 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Culture of Health Prize

The RWJF Culture of Health Prize recognizes communities that have come together around a commitment to health, opportunity, and equity through collaboration and inclusion, especially with historically marginalized populations and those facing the greatest barriers to good health. The Prize honors those communities that are working to give everyone the opportunity to live well, including residents that are often left behind.
Prize includes: $25,000 cash prize, customized communications material and training, national and local promotion

Application Deadline: November 1, 2018

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Fuel Up to Play 60

Funding for physical activity and nutrition programs are available to schools that want to jump start healthy changes.
Funding amount: up to $4,000 per year to qualified K-12 Schools

Application Deadline Fall: November 7, 2018

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