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Data collection will begin this fall for the 2018 Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP), and we'd like your input on the questions and topics.

Are there questions from the previous KHIPs that you want to make sure we continue to ask in 2018?
Are there new topics you'd like us to cover? We'd love to hear from you.

KHIP, conducted annually, polls Kentuckians for their views on key health policy issues likely to come before the legislature or local policymaking bodies and their opinions on health-related topics and health status measures.
It is funded by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and Interact for Health.

Click here to submit your ideas for the 2018 KHIP survey.  The deadline for submissions is July 20, 2018.  

Details about previous KHIPs are available at:  

Foundation News
Cigarette Tax Increase Effective Sunday; Many Resources Available to Help Smokers Quit
When the tax on a pack of cigarettes sold in Kentucky rises from 60 cents to $1.10 on Sunday, July 1, many Kentuckians may decide it's a good time to kick the habit. The Coalition for a Smoke-Free Tomorrow, which convened 160 organizations to advocate for a state tobacco tax increase in an effort to reduce smoking and smoking-related illness in the Commonwealth, reminds smokers that there are many resources available to help them quit successfully.

Bost Health Policy Forum: Opioids and Alternative Pain Therapies, Including Medical Marijuana Among 2018 Topics
As Kentucky continues to struggle with the health impact and economic cost of a massive opioid addiction crisis, the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky's annual health policy forum will explore medical marijuana and other alternative pain therapies, as well as the rise in infectious disease associated with the crisis.

Foundation Congratulates City of Murray on Passage of Strong Smoke-free Law
The Murray City Council has passed, by an 8-2 vote, a comprehensive smoke-free policy to protect residents and visitors from exposure to dangerous secondhand smoke. The new law prohibits smoking of cigarettes, as well as e-cigarettes and vapes, in all enclosed public places, workplaces, private clubs, nursing homes, and hotel and motel guest rooms.

Foundation in the News
The Cost of Ignoring Mental Health

Cigarette tax now up to $1.10 a pack; health advocates say it's a great time to quit smoking

Health Advocates Hope Cigarette Tax Prompts More to Quit Smoking

Cigarette tax increase begins Sunday

Upcoming Foundation Events
Webinar: Health for All: Creating Equitable Opportunity for Health
July 11, 2018,  1PM-2PM ET

Join us on this free 1-hour webinar on health equity. Prevention Institute will guide the conversation and share key learnings from the report, Countering the Production of Health Inequities: Ensuring the Opportunity for Health for All. Join us to consider. . .
  • How have inequities in health outcomes been produced? 
  • What approaches and strategies should I explore further with different sectors and partners to counter health inequities? 
  • What does a system of health equity look like? 
Prevention Institute's approach to solving complex health and social issues is to address multiple problems concurrently, which all stem from similar underlying factors. Prevention Institute works across multiple focus areas and the core mission to promote health equity-the commitment to ensuring that every person has an equal opportunity to be healthy and safe.
Webinar objectives:
  • Learn about key conclusions in the Countering the Production of Health Inequities report
  • Examine underlying community determinants of health, and highlight historical and current policies, practices, and procedures that have produced inequities
  • Identify strategies for working across sectors to advance equitable community health outcomes
Webinar: Understanding trauma, health, and care: Kentucky ACEs
August 1, 2018,  1PM-2PM ET

Join us on this free 1-hour webinar to learn about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Hear from Connie Gayle White, MD, Kentucky Department for Public Health, on how ACEs shape health in Kentucky. David Finke, PhD, Uspiritus, will share the work of the BOUNCE Coalition. 

Webinar participants will:
  • Learn about Adverse Childhood Experience (ACEs)
  • Understand the connection between ACEs and health in Kentucky
  • Become familiar with the Kentucky-based BOUNCE Coalition
  • Hear how to become involved in Kentucky's ACEs network
Webinar: Planning for Success: Why? How? What for?
August 8, 2018,  1PM-2PM ET

Join us on this free 1-hour webinar to answer these questions on evaluation and planning for success.  This webinar will provide an overview of what evaluation is and why it matters, outline key steps in conducting an evaluation, and dispel common myths about evaluation. The REACH evaluation staff will use examples of real evaluation projects and highlight what went well and important lessons learned.

REACH Evaluation consults with non-profit, for-profit, philanthropic, and governmental entities in support of efforts to improve services and bring about organizational and community change. REACH Evaluation is integrated with REACH of Louisville, Inc., an organization founded in 1987 to provide a full range of direct services to families (including foster families) with difficult-to-serve youth and adults. Because of this connection, REACH Evaluation brings an inherent appreciation for the challenges of serving real people in the real world to our evaluation work.
Webinar objectives:
  • Understand key elements of evaluation
  • Learn why evaluation is important to project success
  • Determine who should be on your evaluation team
  • Identify potential sources of evaluation data 
Workshop: Working with the Media
August 16, 2018,  12:30PM-3PM CT
Bowling Green, KY

Warren County Public Library-- Bob Kirby Branch
175 Iron Skillet Court Bowling Green, Kentucky 41064
Join us for this FREE in-person workshop in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky is offering a workshop to help nonprofit organizations work effectively with the media to improve news coverage of their efforts. We thank the Warren County Public Library for hosting this event.

Webinar: Health Care for Low-income Kentuckians: Progress, Challenges, & Updates 
August 22, 2018, 1PM-2PM ET

Join us for this free 1-hour webinar to learn more about health care for low-income Kentuckians.
Benjamin Sommers, MD, PhD of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health will share key findings from a 4-year study that surveyed more than 10,000 low-income adults in Kentucky, Arkansas, and Texas. The study goal was to track the effects of each state's policy decisions under the Affordable Care Act from 2013-2016.
Lynn Quincy of Healthcare Value Hub | ALTARUM will share highlights from a 2018 study that finds almost three-quarters of Kentucky adults have healthcare affordability burdens. Low-income residents faced the highest affordability burdens. The report also finds support for fixes to make healthcare more affordable, explores health insurance literacy, and details surprise medical bills.

Howard L. Bost Memorial Health Policy Forum Bost
Kentucky's Substance Use Epidemic: A Solutions Update
September 24, 2018, 9A M-4:30PM ET
Marriott Griffin Gate Resort and Spa
Lexington, KY

Kentucky, along with other regions in the U.S., suffers from an addiction epidemic. While opioid misuse has assumed the face of addiction, the underlying causes and existing treatment of addiction lay a complex foundation for what has become a crisis in America, and in Kentucky. Addiction is a complex and chronic brain condition that leads to social, economic and health dysfunction. 

The 2018 Bost Forum will explore addiction, focusing first on where we stand as a state and on the national stage, then delving into a more detailed examination of the underlying causes of the epidemic and how we might begin to heal our residents. 

The one-day forum will begin with a panel of experts who will discuss Kentucky's addiction burden and the human and economic toll. A second panel of experts from various national and state agencies will then discuss current and potential solutions to treating addiction, with Q&A from the audience. 

Following these panels, we will offer three discussions narrowing the focus to specific issues raised by Kentucky's addiction epidemic. Conference attendees may select two of the three discussions.

Smoke-free Campaigns: Making Your Community a Better Place to BREATHE

September 27, 2018, 9A M-12PM ET
Northern Kentucky Health Department
8001 Veterans Memorial Dr., Florence, KY

100% smoke-free policies are a vaccine to protect your community from heart and lung diseases and cancer. Is your community ready for a smoke-free law? Discover policy change strategies that work.
Learning objectives:
  • Discuss the population health benefits of 100% smoke-free laws.
  • Apply a tested policy advocacy model to taking action for smoke-free laws.
  • Describe common opportunities and challenges to smoke-free policy advocacy. 
Costs associated with this workshop are fully underwritten by the co-sponsors, Interact for Health and the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky is pleased to co-sponsor this workshop as part of their Health for a Change training series. There is no charge to attend the workshop.

Blueprint for KY's Children: Public Survey to Gather Ideas

Over the past several legislative sessions, the Kentucky General Assembly and state government have taken significant steps to improve the lives of children in the Commonwealth, and Kentucky Youth Advocates is excited about those wins for kids. Yet, there is still have a long way to go until all children in Kentucky have the opportunity to thrive and succeed in the future.

To continue taking steps to make Kentucky the best place in America to be a child and to raise a family, they would like to hear what challenges are facing Kentucky kids in your community and your ideas for changes to state law. To provide your feedback, please take this short survey by June 28. This survey should take 5-10 minutes to complete, and those five minutes could make a big difference for Kentucky kids!

We will incorporate your feedback as we begin crafting the Blueprint for Kentucky's Children policy agenda, to be released later this year. Thank you for helping us shape the future priorities of Kentucky Youth Advocates and the Blueprint for Kentucky's Children!

Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Scorecard

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has launched a new website called the Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Scorecard. The stated purpose of the website is to "increase public transparency about the programs' administration and outcomes. The Scorecard includes measures voluntarily reported by states, as well as federally reported measures in three areas:
  • State Health System Performance
  • State Administrative Accountability
  • Federal Administrative Accountability
The site includes data that allows comparisons on how state Medicaid programs are performing on various health measures, such as immunization rates, the rate of children receiving regular check-ups, the rate of beneficiaries diagnosed with substance-abuse problems receiving treatment, as well as about how long it takes CMS to review states' waiver requests, state plan amendments and the rates paid to Medicaid managed-care plans.

Helping Children and Youth Who Have Traumatic Experiences Report

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has released a new report: Helping Children and Youth Who Have Traumatic Experiences. The report addresses the issue of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and shows how children and youth who have experienced traumatic events are at risk of developing serious emotional disturbances or serious mental illness, along with other health problems.  The report also highlights how children who experience trauma and receive treatment through systems of care show significant improvements in their behavioral and emotional health. This framework enhances care coordination across multiple systems that work with children's services.

Has JUUL Labs reached out to schools in your community about a pilot youth prevention/education program?

If so, please let know! Tobacco companies have a long history of promoting school programs that are ineffective or actually encourage smoking. 

Upcoming Events
America Walks
Webinar: Opportunities for Walkability in Rural Communities and Small Towns
July 11, 2018,  2PM-3PM ET

This webinar by America Walks will explore some of that work and the trends of walkability in rural communities. It is intended is for those just starting out on the walking path as well as our more experienced advocates.

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
A Taste of Health
July 26, 2018,  6PM-8PM ET
Louisville, KY 

A Taste of Health is a kickoff event to raise funds for the Kentucky Nurses Foundation (KNF) scholarships, KNF education and research. The event will include live music by Joe Debow, cash bar, silent auction, raffles and a giving tree.  Ticket prices are $45 for KNA members, $50 for non-members.  

Kentucky's Hepatitis Epidemic: The Role of Professionals in Hepatitis Elimination 
July 31, 2018,  7:30AM-5PM ET
Lexington, KY 

Experts in Viral Hepatitis will discuss opportunities for professionals and community members to engage in dialogue and share successes and best practices on successful hepatitis prevention, treatment and care strategies.  Presented by the Kentucky Rural Health Association, in partnership with Kentucky Department for Public Health's Adult Viral Hepatitis Prevention Program and the Kentucky Immunization Program.  

2018 Healthcare Transformation Survival Seminar
August 3, 2018,  9AM-3PM ET
Pikeville, KY 

Take an in-depth look at the Medicare Access and CHIP Re-authorization Act (MACRA) legislation and the Quality Payment Program! This event will explore MACRA Year 2, the Care Transitions Quality Measure, Cost Category of MIPS, Considerations for Moving to Advanced Payment Models, Practice Transformation and Quality Improvement, 2018 Meaningful Use Changes and Hard to Hit Measures, and 2017 Security Breaches.  Please note: this is a completely different agenda than last year and updated information will be provided. Continuing Medical Education (CME) Credit will be offered for MDs.  

The Bluegrass Eye Ball
August 11, 2018, 6:30PM ET

A black tie event with dinner, dancing and cocktails recognizing the great work of The Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation and The Lions Eye of Kentucky.  Entertainment provided by "Off the Clock".  Tickets are $100 per person and all proceeds benefit the Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation.  

2018 Kentucky Bike-Walk Summit
August 16-17, 2018
Lexington, KY

The second Kentucky Bike - Walk Summit will be held at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky on August 16th and 17th. The Summit will engage national and local leaders and advocates to foster conversations and new ideas to build upon Kentucky's progress in becoming a more bike and pedestrian friendly state. The conference will encourage interaction between participants and speakers through topical presentations, panel discussions, and evening social activities and bike rides. The conference is organized around four main themes: advocacy and education; tourism and economic development; design and infrastructure; and policy and funding.

2018 Healthcare Transformation Survival Seminar
September 14, 2018,  9AM-3PM ET
Louisville, KY 

Take an in-depth look at the Medicare Access and CHIP Re-authorization Act (MACRA) legislation and the Quality Payment Program! This event will explore MACRA Year 2, the Care Transitions Quality Measure, Cost Category of MIPS, Considerations for Moving to Advanced Payment Models, Practice Transformation and Quality Improvement, 2018 Meaningful Use Changes and Hard to Hit Measures, and 2017 Security Breaches.  Please note: this is a completely different agenda than last year and updated information will be provided. Continuing Medical Education (CME) Credit will be offered for MDs.  

2018 3rd Annual KY Association of Community Health Workers Conference
September 27, 2018,  8AM-4:30PM ET
Louisville, KY 

Learn about how Community Health Workers are vital to the movement for a healthy KY. Areas of interest this year are: healthcare coverage and access, stress toxicity and reduction, and implicit bias. Refreshing information that you won't want to miss! Agenda coming soon!

Collaborative for Children of Addicted Parents Presents: Family-Centered Approach for Children of Addicted Parents
November 14, 2018, 8AM-5PM ET

The Collaborative for Children of Addicted Parents(CCAP), GLAD House, and Cincinnati Children's will be holding their  third annual conference at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington, Kentucky. Nationally known, Dr. Ira Chasnoff will be one of the keynote speakers. 

You are invited to submit a session proposal for the conference. Proposals should explore family-centered practices utilized to provide services to children impacted by addiction.  Call for abstracts.

Funding Opportunities
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) High Obesity Program Funding Opportunity

The CSC has announced the availability of 2018 funds to implement their High Obesity Program (CDC-RFA-DP18-1809). The five-year program will fund land grant universities to leverage community extensions services to implement evidence-based strategies that increase access to places that provide healthier foods and safe and accessible places for physical activity in counties with an adult obesity rate of over 40%.

Funding amount: approximately $800,000 (average yearly funding)

Letter of Intent Due: June 7, 2018
Application Deadline: July 9, 2018

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity (DNPAO) Funding Opportunity

DNPAO has posted a new notice of funding opportunity for public and state controlled institutes of higher education to conduct work to reduce the rates of obesity in high-risk rural areas.

Application Deadline: July 9, 2018

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Voices for Healthy Kids Grant Opportunity

The American Heart Association and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation are working to create a culture of health through Voices for Healthy Kids. The goal of the grant opportunities within this initiative is to make effective strategic investments in ongoing state, local and tribal public policy issue campaigns in order to increase public policy impact on healthy weight and living among children. 

Award amount: Up to $125,000 per award for up to one year with potential for renewal

Application Deadline: July 13, 2018, 5pm PST

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) program funding

The CDC have announced funding for the REACH program (CDC-RFA-DP18-1813). This five-year program will provide funding to communities to improve health, prevent chronic diseases, and reduce health disparities among racial and ethnic populations with the highest risk, or burden, of chronic disease (i.e., hypertension, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, and obesity). The tools to accomplish this are supporting the use of culturally tailored interventions to address preventable risk behaviors (tobacco use, poor nutrition and physical inactivity), linking community and clinical efforts to increase access to health care and preventive care programs at the community level, and supporting implementation, evaluation and dissemination of practice- and evidence-based strategies related to tobacco, nutrition, physical activity, and community-clinical linkages that ultimately lead to reduced health disparities in chronic conditions of hypertension, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, and obesity.

Eligible Applicants: Public and State controlled institutions of higher education, Independent school districts, Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education,
State, County and City governments, Small business (more - see grant announcement).

Award amount: Up to $900,000

Conference Call for Potential Applicants: June 4, 2018
Letter of Intent due: June 11, 2018
Application Deadline: July 16, 2018

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Healthy Eating Research: Building Evidence to Promote Health and Well-Being Among Children

Healthy Eating Research (HER), a national Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) program, has issued a call for proposals for two types of awards aimed at providing advocates, decision-makers, and policymakers with evidence to promote the health and well-being of children through nutritious foods and beverages. 

Award amount: 2.6 million total under two award types; 1.6 million in small-scale grants and 1 million as large-scale grants.  

Application Deadline: July 18, 2018

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PeopleForBikes Fall 2018 Community Grant Program

The PeopleForBikes Community Grant Program provides funding for important and influential projects that leverage federal funding and build momentum for bicycling in communities across the U.S. These projects include bike paths and rail trails, as well as mountain bike trails, bike parks, BMX facilities, and large-scale bicycle advocacy initiatives.  Grant applications will be accepted from non-profit organizations with a focus on bicycling, active transportation, or community development, from city or county agencies or departments, and from state or federal agencies working locally. 
Online letter of interest due: July 23, 2018
Application Deadline: October 19, 2018

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Rural Communities Opioid Response Funding Opportunity

The Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) has released the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the new Rural Communities Opioid Response (Planning) (RCORP) initiative for FY 18. HRSA plans to award approximately 75 grants to rural communities as part of this funding opportunity.

Award amount: Up to $200,000 for one year

Application Deadline: July 30, 2018

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Hearst Health Prize for Excellence in Population Health

In partnership with the Jefferson College of Population Health, the Hearst Health Prize is accepting applications for the 2019 award in recognition of outstanding achievement in managing or improving population health.  
Grant amount: $100,000 prize, $25,000 awarded to up to two finalists

Application Deadline: August 9, 2018

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American Cancer Society Tobacco-Free Generation Campus Initiative Grant Opportunity

Of the roughly 20 million college and university students in the United States, more than 1 million are projected to die prematurely from cigarette smoking. While approximately 90% of smokers start by age 18, fully 99% start by age 26, underscoring the importance of supporting those in the young adult age group with more effective prevention and cessation efforts while eliminating exposure to secondhand smoke and all tobacco use in their learning environments. 

To address this issue, the American Cancer Society, under the direction of its Center for Tobacco Control, launched - the Tobacco-Free Generation Campus Initiative (TFGCI) - which provides grants to accelerate and expand the adoption and implementation of 100% smoke- and tobacco-free policies on college and university campuses across the nation.

This initiative addresses a critical need and is being supported by the CVS Health Foundation, the private foundation of CVS Health. The CVS Health Foundation's purpose is helping people on their path to better health and they are committed to supporting initiatives that help people lead tobacco-free lives. With these far-reaching goals in mind, CVS Health and the CVS Health Foundation recently announced their #BeTheFirst initiative, which is a five-year, $50 million commitment to deliver the first tobacco-free generation.

In addition to grants, awardees will receive other resources such as webinars, and one-on-one consultations, throughout the duration of the grant.

Application Deadline: August 15, 2018, 5PM ET

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Fuel Up to Play 60

Funding for physical activity and nutrition programs are available to schools that want to jump start healthy changes.
Funding amount: up to $4,000 per year to qualified K-12 Schools

Application Deadline Fall: November 7, 2018

Read more.
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