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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.

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.

Foundation in the News
Poll: 1 in 10 Kentuckians lack health insurance

Time for state schools to be entirely tobacco-free

Our View: Tobacco-free schools policy a no-brainer
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.

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
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.
NAMI Louisville Advocacy Day
February 6, 2019
10:30 am - 2:00 pm
Frankfort, KY

Come make your voice heard, express your concerns and needs to your legislators, and advocate for policy change that will impact mental health issues

Kentucky Non-Profit Network Advocacy Day
February 7, 2019
9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Advocate for legislation to reverse the sales tax burden placed on non-profits last year as well as other legislation to protect non-profits.

Webinar: A New Telehealth Reimbursement Paradigm in 2019
February 7, 2019
2:00 pm ET

Webinar objectives:
  • Highlight changing telehealth legislative and regulatory landscape
  • Learn federal telehealth reimbursement changes for 2019 impacting the market
  • Share insights on implications and treands

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

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