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Mason-Dixon Kentucky Poll: Kentucky Voters Overwhelmingly Support E-Cig Tax Equivalent To Other Tobacco Taxes 

A new poll shows that the vast majority of Kentucky voters favor taxing electronic cigarettes the same as regular cigarettes. According to the poll, conducted in mid-December by Mason-Dixon Polling and Research, Inc., 73 percent of Kentuckians statewide support adding a state excise tax on e-cigarettes. Currently, e-cigarettes are subject only to sales taxes in Kentucky, while traditional cigarettes and other tobacco product purchases incur both sales and excise taxes.

Kentucky Opinion on Affordable Care Act Remains Deeply Split 

Following several years of increasing popularity, Kentucky adults' opinions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) went unchanged from 2017 to 2018, although residents remain deeply divided on the health care law. According to the Kentucky Health Issues Poll, 44 percent of Kentucky adults have a favorable opinion of the ACA, while 33 percent don't like it. Slightly more than half say the law has had no impact on them and their families, while about equal proportions - two in ten - say it has had either a positive or negative impact.  

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. 

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Kentucky residents' views on Affordable Care Act may surprise you

Vaping is 'exploding' among teens. Group wants an e-cig tax to stop it

Support for Health Care Law remains steady in Kentucky; attitudes vary by political affiliation

Kentuckians remain strongly divided on ACA
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
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.

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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