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Kentucky Health Issues Poll: Most Kentucky Adults Report Participating in Civic  Activities

Eight in 10 Kentucky adults are involved in civic activities of some kind, whether it's volunteer work or engaging in politics, according to the latest Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) report. The report found that about seven in 10 engaged in politics in some way, and more than half were active in their communities.

Kentucky Health Issues Poll: Fewer Kentuckians Delaying Dental Care Due to Cost

Kentucky adults' self-reported health status has declined over the last decade, according to the latest report from the Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP). The decline is largely among those adults living on higher incomes, although lower-income Kentucky adults consistently report poorer levels of health.

Fewer Kentuckians are delaying or skipping dental care because of the cost, but only about six in 10 Kentucky adults saw a dentist in the past year, according to the latest Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) report.

In 2018, 26 percent of Kentucky adults said they'd delayed or skipped care, down from 37 percent in 2012 and 43 percent in 2009. Still, 41 percent said they hadn't visited a dentist in the prior year, about the same as in 2012.

Kentucky Health Issues Poll: Self-Reported Health Status Declining Among Kentucky Adults

Kentucky adults' self-reported health status has declined over the last decade, according to the latest report from the Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP). The decline is largely among those adults living on higher incomes, although lower-income Kentucky adults consistently report poorer levels of health.

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Call for Nominations: "Unsung Heroes" in your community

The University of Kentucky College of Social Work would like to recognize "Unsung Heroes," those Kentuckians who devote their time and energy to the pursuit of social justice in the Commonwealth.
We would like to honor individuals who:
  • Work toward social change and equity for all members of our society.
  • Take action to improve the lives of individuals, families, and communities.
  • Inspire others to want to make a positive difference in the lives of others.
  • Make a difference in the lives of other Kentuckians
This award is intended to celebrate individuals for whom other awards or formal methods of recognition do not already exist. Anyone can nominate an individual for this award. Please complete this form to nominate someone for the Unsung Heroes award to be presented on Friday, April 26, 2019 at the College of Social Work's Evening of Excellence. The deadline for nominations is March 8th, 2019.

They hope to have a representation of Unsung Heroes from across the Commonwealth; please help them in recognizing those who work to make a difference for individuals, families and communities:

Call for Nominations: 2019 Community Engagement Award in Environmental Health Sciences

The University of Kentucky Center for Appalachian Research in Environmental Sciences (UK-CARES) in partnership with the Center of Excellence in Rural Health (CERH) announces the inaugural Community Engagement Award in Environmental Health Sciences. The UK-CARES/CERH Community Engagement Award recognizes individuals or community-academic teams who demonstrate effective research or project evaluation to improve environmental health in Appalachia.

The individual or community-academic team you nominate must meet at least one of the following guidelines:
  • Community-engaged environmental health scientist
  • Community member engaged in issues to keep the air or water healthy
  • Involved in community-academic partnerships
  • Demonstrate outstanding community-engaged science

Click here to learn more.

Click here to submit a nomination.

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.

Upcoming Events
American Lung Association Advocacy Day
February 28, 2019
Frankfort, KY
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Meet with your legislators to advocate for healthy lung policies in Kentucky.  

RSVP to Shannon Baker at
Kentuckyiana Health Collaborative (KHC) 5th Annual Conference: High Value Behavioral Healthcare
March 5, 2019
Louisville, KY

Today's healthcare system doesn't adequately serve our community's behavioral health needs. Mental health and substance use disorders are not treated by plans and providers the same way as physical health conditions. Research has demonstrated consistently lower payments to behavioral health providers and higher out-of-network use for patients with mental health and substance use disorders, despite parity being law.

With increasing suicide rates, opioid overdose deaths, and mental health issues, it is imperative for employers, payers, and providers to ensure the individuals have access to high quality mental health services and treatment. At this full-day event, learn what it will take to create a high value behavioral healthcare system in our community.

Being Intentional: Together as a Community
An Eastern Kentucky Resilience Event 
March 6, 2019
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Langley, KY

Attend this event for the exclusive viewing of the "Resilience" film, to learn about the Kentucky Strengthening Families initiative and to discuss ways to build resiliency in Eastern Kentucky children/families.  

Rural Health Grant Writing Workshop
March 14-15, 2019
Hopkinsville, KY

WHO: Rural health providers, staff at clinics and hospitals, public health professionals and community coalition leaders who wish to address rural health issues in their community, as well as beginning grant writers seeking to understand the techniques to research and draft winning grant proposals

WHAT: A day-and-a-half long interactive workshop -- with a rural health focus -- that explores how to identify funders and prepare a successful grant application

WHERE: The Bruce Convention Center, Hopkinsville, KY

WHEN: March 14-15, 2019

COST: $55 (which includes all workshop materials, as well as breakfast and lunch on March 14 and breakfast on March 15)

Health Equity and Literacy Summit
June 8, 2019
Louisville, KY

Join Surgery on Sunday Louisville as they gather together clinicians, educators, researchers, policymakers and other stakeholders to develop solutions to the health disparities in colon cancer among racial and ethnic minorities in the United States. Collaboration on these issues is the key to solving them in a timely and systematic way. 

Funding Opportunities
2019 Increasing Access to Healthy Foods Innovation Cohort Application

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) has announced the availability of grant funds from the Walmart Foundation to support to support healthy eating and food access through parks and recreation.

Grantees can select one of three innovation strategies to implement in their community:
  1. Starting or expanding farmers markets and/or community supported agriculture (CSA) programs at P&R sites to increase access to healthy, fresh, and local produce. 
  2. Starting or expanding inter-generational meal programs through the USDA CACFP and HHS congregate nutrition programs that address the nutritional needs of vulnerable youth and seniors, and foster opportunities for nutrition education, mentorship and social engagement for youth and seniors. 
  3. Addressing transportation and infrastructure barriers in communities (rural, suburban or urban) by piloting models that leverage existing resources and assets, building partnerships, and utilizing volunteers or innovative systems to transport kids to sites.
Funding Amount: $30,000 - $50,000. Applicants may apply for more than one strategy, but applicants should ensure that each strategy is a priority for their community.

Applications due: March 6, 2019

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Targeted Capacity Expansion: Special Projects 

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2019 Targeted Capacity Expansion: Special Projects. 

The purpose of this program is to develop and implement targeted strategies for substance use disorder treatment provision to address a specific population or area of focus identified by the community. The purpose of the TCE program is to address an unmet need or underserved population; this program aims to enable a community to identify the specific need or population it wishes to address through the provision of evidence-based substance use disorder treatment and/or recovery support services.

Eligible applicants are domestic public and private nonprofit entities.

Award Amount: up to $375,000 per year for up to 3 years

Applications due: March 25, 2019

Action for Healthy Kids School Breakfast Grants

School breakfast is more than a meal: It helps fight hunger, improves student focus, and reduces absenteeism. Your school can introduce or expand a school breakfast program with grants for $1,000, $2,000, or $3,000. Whether it's breakfast in the classroom, grab-and-go breakfast, or another breakfast program, help your students start their day right.

Grant Amount: $1000, $2000 or $3000

Applications accepted through April 5, 2019

Action for Healthy Kids Game On Grants

In order to get every kid healthy and ready to learn, our Game On grants provide funding and resources for schools to improve or introduce new nutrition and physical activity programs. With a $1,000 grant, you can build a school garden, get equipment for active recess, host taste tests, and other nutrition promotion, start a before- or after-school activity club, and more.

Grant Amount: $1000

Applications accepted through April 5, 2019

Action for Healthy Kids Parent-led Grants

Parents: Here's your chance to make your mark on school health! Apply for a $1,000 parent-led school grant that will provide funds and resources to revamp or introduce fitness or nutrition programs so that all students have access to healthy choices.

Grant Amount: $1000

Applications due: April 5, 2019

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