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Kentucky Teens Say E-Cig Use Rampant, Adults Unaware

A new infographic from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and Kentucky Youth Advocates highlights the surge in e-cigarette usage among teens seen across the commonwealth and the nation. While youth cigarette smoking in Kentucky has steadily declined, the growing popularity of e-cigarettes, known as vapes and Juuls, is putting a new generation of teens at risk of nicotine addiction.

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Friedell Committee to unite with Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky

Two statewide health promotion organizations today announced that they have joined forces to strengthen advocacy for state and local policies for improving health in Kentucky. In announcing the unification, the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and the Friedell Committee for Health System Transformation emphasized the organizations' congruent missions and committed volunteers, and the value of speaking with a single, amplified voice to influence community and statewide health policy change.

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Foundation Statement: Kentucky gets Medicaid 1115 Waiver Approval

Kentucky received approval today to proceed with implementing the community engagement and premium requirements, among other elements included in the  Kentucky HEALTH Medicaid 1115 waiver proposal it had submitted to the federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

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Child wellbeing, health advocates join forces against vaping

Would these new proposals help keep e-cigarettes away from Kentucky kids?

Health Advocates Sound Alarm On Kentucky Teens Vaping

New infographic explains dangers of e-cigs to teens
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.  

Research Study Seeking Rural Primary Care Providers

A team of researchers at the University of Kentucky and University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences are conducting a study to learn more about rural primary care providers' experiences and perceptions in the front lines of the opioid epidemic in the rural South. 

For this NIH-funded study, we seek to talk to rural primary care providers (MDs, DOs, NPs, and PAs) who treat patients with buprenorphine and those who do not. Telephone interviews will be scheduled at your convenience. Participants receive modest compensation for their time. 

If you are interested in participating, please email or call 501-526-8328.
Federal Resources for Rural Communities to Help Address Substance Use Disorder and Opioid Misuse

The federal government has created a resource to help rural communities find funding to fight the opioid epidemic. The Rural Opioid Federal Interagency Working Group created the Rural Resource Guide to Help Communities Address Substance Use Disorder and Opioid Misuse, "a first-of-its-kind, one-stop-shop for rural leaders looking for federal funding and partnership opportunities," the High Plains Journal reports. The Working Group is co-chaired by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Office of National Drug Control Policy.

Is your Drink in Disguise?

Use the Better Beverage Finder, an initiative of the Horizon Foundation. Find out more here and here.
National Leadership Academy for the Public's Health: 2019 Call for Applications

The Center for Health Leadership & Practice is currently seeking applications from  multi-sector teams across the United States for the 8th National Leadership Academy for the Public's Health (NLAPH) cohort. Since 2012, NLAPH has brought together leaders from diverse sectors including health, housing, education, transportation, and law enforcement to build their own capacity in order to transform their communities, improve health, and advance equity. 

for additional details and information.
For more information, please contact:
Carmen R. Nevarez, MD, MPH, Center Director
Karya Lustig, Deputy Director
Center for Health Leadership and Practice
Public Health Institute
Oakland, CA
Using Naloxone to Reverse Opioid Overdose in the Workplace: Information for Employers and Workers

Opioid misuse and overdose deaths from opioids are serious health issues in the United States. Overdose deaths involving prescription and illicit opioids doubled from 2010 to 2016, with more than 42,000 deaths in 2016 [CDC 2016]. Provisional data show that there were more than 49,000 opioid overdose deaths in 2017 [CDC 2018]. In October 2017, the President declared the opioid overdose epidemic to be a public health emergency.

Read the CDC fact sheet here.
We Cannot Let E-Cigarettes Become and On-Ramp for Teenage Addiction

The surge in e-cigarette use by teenagers is alarming because nicotine is highly addictive and can  harm brain development, which continues into young adulthood. Worse, kids who start on e-cigarettes are actually more likely than non-user peers to migrate to smoking tobacco.  

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Upcoming Events
Webinar:  National Diabetes Prevention Program: An Urgent Intervention for Kentucky
December 13, 2019

The National Diabetes Prevention Program: An Urgent Intervention for Kentucky webinar, hosted by the Kentucky Primary Care Association, will provide a brief overview of the burden of diabetes in Kentucky and describe the urgency of reducing that burden.  The CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP) will be explored as an evidenced-based lifestyle change program to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.  At the end of the session, representatives from Clover Fork Clinic and Juniper Health will share their experience in attaining CDC-recognized Diabetes Prevention Program status.  

Register here
Webinar: Let's Get Moving: The Power of Physical Activity 
January 9, 2019

In November 2018, new HHS Physical Activity Guidelines were released. They confirmed what we at America Walks already know- that when people move more, they are healthy, active, and engaged. This webinar is intended for those just starting out on the walking path as well as those interested in learning more about the topic.

Attendees of this webinar will:
  • Learn about programs, policies, and projects that support walkability in rural communities and small towns
  • Hear inspiring stories of communities on the walking path 
  • Explore resources that can help you in your work to create walkable communities

Register here.

Freedom From Smoking (FFS) Facilitator training in Kentucky
January 20, 2019
Louisville, KY

For More information, contact American Lung Association's Tami Cappelletti at
Funding Opportunities
Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children Grant 

The Foundation of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry is providing its Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children (HSHC) Grant to support community-based initiatives that provide dental care and ultimately serve as a Dental Home to underserved/limited access children.
Grant Amount : one-year grants of up to $20,000
Deadline for ApplicationsDecember 21, 2018

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