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Half of Kentuckians got flu shot in past year

If you haven't gotten a flu shot in the last 12 months, you're in the minority in Kentucky. What's more, you're putting both yourself and those around you at risk for serious flu complications. According to a Kentucky Health Issues Poll report released today, 54 percent of Kentucky adults got a flu vaccine in the past 12 months. 

Foundation Alerts Public Regarding E-Cigarette Use in Kentucky

The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky is alerting the public regarding the danger of soaring rates of vaping, juuling, and other e-cigarette use among youth nationwide and in Kentucky. The use of these products is unsafe for kids, teens and young adults. E-cigarette emissions are not harmless water vapor: That is a dangerous misperception. Most of these products contain high levels of nicotine, which is extremely addictive and harms adolescent and young adult brain development, including impulse control and learning ability. Even products advertised as nicotine-free have been found to contain nicotine. These products also can contain other harmful substances, including ultrafine particles that can be inhaled in the lungs, flavorings such as diacetyl, volatile organic compounds, heavy metals and cancer-causing chemicals.

"Broken Promises" Report on Kentucky Tobacco Prevention Spending: "Kentucky can non longer afford off-kilter equation"

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids today issued its 20th annual report, Broken Promises to Our Children, which details how states are spending revenues from both tobacco taxes and tobacco company payments made as part of the 1998 settlement agreement with those companies.  The report found that Kentucky spends just 6.7 percent of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended amount for tobacco prevention and cessation programs designed to address the public health problems caused by tobacco use in the Commonwealth. The report ranks Kentucky at 35th in the nation for tobacco prevention funding.  In fiscal 2020, the state will receive an estimated $507.3 million, and has allocated $3.8 million for prevention efforts. The CDC-recommended expenditure for prevention in Kentucky is $56.4 million.

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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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Foundation in the News
Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky supports taxing e-cigarette products

Foundation Alerts Public Regarding E-Cigarette Use in Kentucky

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

It's not cool to Juul. Vaping puts teens at risk of addiction
Stanford Tobacco Prevention Toolkit Training 

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department Tobacco Program will host training sessions for the Stanford University School of Medicine Youth Tobacco Prevention Toolkit during March 2019. The "Toolkit" is a nationally recognized, evidence-based curriculum. It is more comprehensive than typical tobacco prevention curricula because it includes content designed to improve general adolescent health vs. focusing only on tobacco. It is free to use, and contains seven modules with ready-made activities, PowerPoint presentations, handouts, and worksheets.

This training is free, and Kentucky educators, adult stakeholders, and anyone interested in youth tobacco prevention are invited to attend. See below for more information about the training, and learn more about the "Toolkit" at 
To participate:  Questions? Contact Angela Brumley-Shelton, Lexington-Fayette County Health Department at (859)288-2457 or 
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.  

More here
Upcoming Events
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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