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Health for a Change Workshop: Working with the Media
The next workshop in the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky's Health for a Change training series, titled Working with the Media, will take place at the Warren County Public Library in Bowling Green, Kentucky. This training, facilitated by Bonnie Hackbarth, Vice President for External Relations at the Foundation, is designed to instruct participants in working effectively with the media in order to create more, and better, media coverage for their organizations.

Wayne and McCreary Counties Names Healthy Kentucky Policy Champions
Wayne and McCreary Counties in Kentucky have been named "Healthy Kentucky Policy Champions" for the work they are doing to improve local health in the face of sometimes daunting challenges. Both counties were identified as "Bright Spots" in research released yesterday by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Appalachian Regional Commission. 

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Upcoming Foundation Events
Workshop: Working with the Media
August 16, 2018,  12:30PM-3PM CT
Bowling Green, KY

Warren County Public Library-- Bob Kirby Branch
175 Iron Skillet Court Bowling Green, Kentucky 41064
Join us for this FREE in-person workshop in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky is offering a workshop to help nonprofit organizations work effectively with the media to improve news coverage of their efforts. We thank the Warren County Public Library for hosting this event.

Webinar: Health Care for Low-income Kentuckians: Progress, Challenges, & Updates 
August 22, 2018, 1PM-2PM ET

Join us for this free 1-hour webinar to learn more about health care for low-income Kentuckians.
Benjamin Sommers, MD, PhD of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health will share key findings from a 4-year study that surveyed more than 10,000 low-income adults in Kentucky, Arkansas, and Texas. The study goal was to track the effects of each state's policy decisions under the Affordable Care Act from 2013-2016.
Lynn Quincy of Healthcare Value Hub | ALTARUM will share highlights from a 2018 study that finds almost three-quarters of Kentucky adults have healthcare affordability burdens. Low-income residents faced the highest affordability burdens. The report also finds support for fixes to make healthcare more affordable, explores health insurance literacy, and details surprise medical bills.

Howard L. Bost Memorial Health Policy Forum Bost
Kentucky's Substance Use Epidemic: A Solutions Update
September 24, 2018, 9A M-4:30PM ET
Marriott Griffin Gate Resort and Spa
Lexington, KY

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
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
The Bluegrass Eye Ball
August 11, 2018, 6:30PM ET

A black tie event with dinner, dancing and cocktails recognizing the great work of The Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation and The Lions Eye of Kentucky.  Entertainment provided by "Off the Clock".  Tickets are $100 per person and all proceeds benefit the Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation.  

Webinar: Kentucky HEALTH: What We've Learned and What Comes Next
August 14, 2018, 11:00AM ET

Join Kentucky Voices for Health as they bring you a webinar focused on the state of play around Kentucky HEALTH, Kentucky's 1115 Medicaid waiver.  

This webinar will include: 
  • The lay of the land around the Trump Administration's push to get states to adopt a Medicaid work requirement;
  • The impact of the recent federal court decision on Kentucky's Medicaid waiver in that state, and on the national work requirement debate;
  • What we've learned, including the latest research on work requirements, the experiences from states like Arkansas that have begun implementing a work requirement, successful strategies for defeating bad state proposals, and takeaways from recent messaging research.

American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Kick-Off Breakfast
August 16, 2018, 7:30- 9:30AM ET
Slugger Field, Louisville, KY

Please join The American Cancer Society in putting the FUN in FUNDRAISING with a hot breakfast bar, research discussion, survivor activities, and more! Check-in for the breakfast begins at 7AM.  

2018 Kentucky Bike-Walk Summit
August 16-17, 2018
Lexington, KY

The second Kentucky Bike - Walk Summit will be held at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky on August 16th and 17th. The Summit will engage national and local leaders and advocates to foster conversations and new ideas to build upon Kentucky's progress in becoming a more bike and pedestrian friendly state. The conference will encourage interaction between participants and speakers through topical presentations, panel discussions, and evening social activities and bike rides. The conference is organized around four main themes: advocacy and education; tourism and economic development; design and infrastructure; and policy and funding.

2018 Kentucky Cancer Summit: Cancer Policy in the Commonwealth
August 23, 2018, 8:30AM-4PM ET
Louisville, KY

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) is hosting an annual policy forum, 2018 Kentucky Cancer Summit: Cancer Policy in the Commonwealth. The event brings together leaders and decision-makers in cancer research, government, and academia to discuss emerging oncology and health care policy issues that affect the health of Kentuckians.

Kentucky continues to lead the nation in both cancer incidence and cancer mortality rates. Conquering cancer is as much a matter of public policy as it is scientific discovery. Whether it's advancing prevention and early detection, increasing cancer research funding, saving our children from tobacco, enhancing quality of life from diagnosis through survivorship, or improving access to cancer treatment, policy decisions play a key role in addressing the cancer crisis. Join ACS CAN for a discussion on the current state of cancer in the commonwealth, and how you can work together to ensure Kentuckians have access to the care they need to prevent, detect, and fight cancer.

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.  

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!

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
American Cancer Society Tobacco-Free Generation Campus Initiative Grant Opportunity

Of the roughly 20 million college and university students in the United States, more than 1 million are projected to die prematurely from cigarette smoking. While approximately 90% of smokers start by age 18, fully 99% start by age 26, underscoring the importance of supporting those in the young adult age group with more effective prevention and cessation efforts while eliminating exposure to secondhand smoke and all tobacco use in their learning environments. 

To address this issue, the American Cancer Society, under the direction of its Center for Tobacco Control, launched - the Tobacco-Free Generation Campus Initiative (TFGCI) - which provides grants to accelerate and expand the adoption and implementation of 100% smoke- and tobacco-free policies on college and university campuses across the nation.

This initiative addresses a critical need and is being supported by the CVS Health Foundation, the private foundation of CVS Health. The CVS Health Foundation's purpose is helping people on their path to better health and they are committed to supporting initiatives that help people lead tobacco-free lives. With these far-reaching goals in mind, CVS Health and the CVS Health Foundation recently announced their #BeTheFirst initiative, which is a five-year, $50 million commitment to deliver the first tobacco-free generation.

In addition to grants, awardees will receive other resources such as webinars, and one-on-one consultations, throughout the duration of the grant.

Application Deadline: August 15, 2018, 5PM ET

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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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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

Read more.
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