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Kentucky Health Issues Poll: 54 percent of Kentucky adults with drug use problem enter treatment 

Twice as many Kentucky adults with a drug use problem entered treatment last year when a friend or family member intervened compared to those who entered a program on their own, according to the latest Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) report. In the past 12 months, 54 percent of Kentucky adults who have a family member or friend with drug problems reported that the person entered a treatment program.

Meanwhile, a growing percentage of Kentucky adults said they know a friend or family member who has experienced problems as a result of using drugs, the KHIP report found.

Kentucky Health Issues Poll: 24% of Kentucky adults don't use a regular doctor or clinic; 21% delay care due to cost

A larger number of Kentucky adults indicate that they don't use a regular doctor, health clinic or other appropriate source of health care, but that hasn't necessarily translated into more visits to inappropriate sources such as emergency room or urgent care clinic visits, according to the latest Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) report.

The report found that, in late 2018, 24 percent of Kentucky adults said they do not have a usual place to go for health care, compared to 18 percent in 2009. Meanwhile, about 8 percent of Kentucky adults say they go to the emergency room or an urgent care center when they need medical care, a figure that has remained steady since 2009, when KHIP first posed these questions.

Kentucky Health Issues Poll: Rate of Uninsured in Kentucky Holds Steady, Concern Over Losing Health Insurance Drops to 16%

About one in 10 Kentucky adults under age 65 lacks health insurance and about two in 10 have unstable insurance, according to a Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) released today. Both rates dropped significantly after implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the expansion of Medicaid in Kentucky in 2014, and have held relatively steady since 2015.

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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
Kentucky Rural Health Association Legislative Day
February 13, 2019
Frankfort, KY

Event is Free to Attendees and membership of Kentucky Rural Health Association is not required.  

To find out who your State Representative or Senator is, please click  HERE.

Please notify Tina McCormick at  or (270) 577-1707 if you have questions or need assistance setting up appointments to visit with legislators.  

American Heart Association Advocacy Day
February 14, 2019
Frankfort, KY
8:30 am - 12:30 pm

Discuss the implementation of water bottle filling stations in newly built schools as well as working to repeal preemption regarding the sale and distribution of tobacco products and e-cigarettes.

Alzheimer's Association Advocacy Day
February 19, 2019
Frankfort, KY
8:30 am - 2:30 pm

The Alzheimer's Association needs advocates from Pikeville to Paducah and everywhere in between to meet with their legislators and share all of their unique stories. Whether you are one of the 71,000 Kentuckians living with Alzheimer's or dementia, or one of the 200,000 caregivers, your story MATTERS.

The population is aging and we need to make sure our Commonwealth is ready to care for this population. We need to educate our law makers on the unique challenges that individuals living with this disease, and their caregivers, face on a daily basis.  So, wear your purple and help them turn Frankfort purple as we work to #EndALZ!

Contact Mackenzie Longoria with any questions:

Kentucky Medical Association Advocacy Day
February 21, 2019
Frankfort, KY
8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Physicians Day at the Capitol! Physicians meet and educate their legislators on important issues that will impact not only physicians and their practices, but their patients as well.

Cancer Action Network Advocacy Day
February 21, 2019
Frankfort, KY
8:30 am - 2:30 pm

Join ACS CAN for a day of engaging our state lawmakers to ensure that they make cancer a top state priority!

CKDinform: Early Detection and Prevention Symposium
February 22, 2019
Louisville, KY

This 3-hour CME/CE symposium focuses on the unique role that primary care practitioners (PCPs) play in managing CKD patients. The burden of CKD to the population, modifiable CKD risk factors, screening methods, and interpretation of test results will be discussed. The use of GFR and albuminuria in CKD detection will also be covered. Evidence-based treatment recommendations and management plans for CKD will be presented. This program will also address the need for timely referral to nephrologists, in addition to the importance of patient education and counseling. Case-based questions are also included.

Kentucky Pharmacist Association Advocacy Day
February 28, 2019
Frankfort, KY
8:30 am - 2:00 pm

An opportunity for Kentucky's pharmacy profession to join together as advocates on issues confronting the profession. This will provide KPhA members with in depth issues and advocacy information while hearing from various legislators and other veterans of the profession.

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.  

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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.

Funding Opportunities
Robert Wood Johnson Health and Climate Solutions Call for Proposals

Through this funding opportunity, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) seeks to develop and amplify the evidence around a set of approaches that improve community health and well-being and advance health equity, while also addressing climate change adaptation or mitigation. Eligible, local approaches can focus on one or more of a range of determinants of health-including, but not limited to: air quality; energy sources; transportation or mobility design; food and water systems; housing; and health systems. Proposals should specify the determinants of health that the given approach is addressing, and the expected impact on health and well-being. Grant funds will support research and evaluation activities to develop the best possible evidence highlighting what is working well with the select approach and why; where there have been opportunities and challenges; and how other communities may learn from this approach to tackle similar challenges. 
Grant Amount : 8 awards, up to $350,000 each 

Optional informational webinars: January 7 & 15, 2019
Deadline for brief proposals: February 8, 2019

AmerisourceBergen Foundation Opioid Resource Grant

The AmerisourceBergen Foundation invites nonprofit organizations, above all those working with coalitions, to apply for innovative and constructive community-facing programs to address opioid misuse, with priority given to concepts addressing:

* Safe disposal management programs
* Prevention education
* Pilot programs for new ideas related to pre- and post-treatment activities

Grant Amount: No maximum, average between $50,000 and $75,000 per grantee

Letter of Intent Deadline: February 15, 2019

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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