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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.

Students, Educators, Health Advocates Rally for Kentucky Tobacco-Free Schools Law

Kentucky students, superintendents and health advocates rallied in Frankfort today, urging lawmakers to help reduce youth tobacco use by making all Kentucky schools 100 percent tobacco-free. Supporters were joined by champions of companion bills in the House and Senate, Rep. Kim Moser and Sen. Ralph Alvarado, who urged their colleagues to support and protect youth and teens by enacting this youth health measure.

Kentucky Health Issues Poll: Support Remains Strong for Smoke-Free, Tobacco 21 Laws in Kentucky

A majority of Kentucky adults continue to favor both adopting a statewide smoke-free law and changing current law to raise the legal age to purchase tobacco from 18 to 21 years, according the the latest Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) report. Majority support for the laws is found across all political parties and has held steady in recent years, the report found.

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Lawmakers urged to ban tobacco products at all Kentucky schools

Superintendents support tobacco-free schools law

New Effort to Clear the Smoke from Kentucky Schools

New initiative aims to make Ky. schools tobacco free
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
Lung Association Day at the Capitol
January 28, 2019
Frankfort, KY

Understanding & Addressing Domestic Violence Training
January 29, 2019
Highland Heights, KY

Fear & threat dynamics that maintain partner control. Examine situational examples on how to best assist clients, address long-term effects related to leaving including trauma, mental health & addictions. Includes provider resources. 


Senior Advocacy Day
February 5, 2019
Frankfort, KY

Volunteers and staff with the Kentucky Association for Gerontology, AARP Kentucky, and Kentucky Area Agencies on Aging are bringing awareness to the vital importance of aging services for Kentucky seniors, caregivers, and our communities at the 2019 Senior Advocacy Day in Frankfort. The day's events will kick off with registration at 9:30 am in room 129 of the Capitol Annex followed by a legislator panel and address from Lieutenant Governor Jenean Hampton. Attendees will spend the remainder of the day meeting with individual legislators to discuss senior services and attend the sessions of the House and Senate from the galleries. Anyone interested in or passionate about senior services is welcome to join us for a day of advocacy and awareness! 

Contact Chris Hawks at or 859-269-8021 ext 232 with questions.
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.  

Alzheimer's Association Advocacy Day
February 19, 2019
Frankfort, KY

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:

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

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