Foundation News

 A forum showcasing novel and effective uses of health data in Kentucky and Ohio is scheduled for Friday, November 15th, at the St. Elizabeth Training and Education Center in Erlanger.


A community-driven children's health initiative that strengthened cross-sector coalitions in seven Kentucky counties also improved student eating habits, increased youth physical activity, trained teachers to support students experiencing trauma, and increased youth resilience, according to a Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky report released today. The six-year $2.4 million initiative also led to the adoption of 38 local ordinances and policies to help sustain the improvements and promote health equity long-term, the report said.


Organizations and individuals working to improve health in South Central Kentucky communities are invited to attend a Regional Community Health Forum in Bowling Green on July 24. Hosted by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, the morning forum will be followed by an afternoon workshop on coalition building, to be held at a farm in Scottsville.

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Foundation Events
Health for a Change Webinar:
Counting down to the 2020 Census: Community, Kids, Collaboration
June 19, 2019
1:00 PM-2:00 PM ET

The countdown is on! Is your community ready, Kentucky?

Join us on this free 1-hour webinar to hear about the importance of the 2020 Census, why kids are undercounted, and ways to partner with leaders and groups from across the Commonwealth who are working to ensure a complete and accurate Census count for Kentucky.

We welcome your questions about the 2020 Census. Please enter them via the registration page.

Webinar objectives:
  • Understand what preparations have been made at the state and local levels in Kentucky.
  • Learn why children are especially at risk of being missed in the census and how that impacts Kentucky communities.
  • Learn action steps you and your organization can take to ensure all Kentucky's children are counted.
  • Define Complete Count Committees and learn steps to start or join one in your community.
Click here to register.
Health for a Change Webinar:
How to Get in Formation for Coalition Building
June 26, 2019
1:00 PM-2:00 PM ET

Is your health coalition singing from the same songbook? What would your coalition's theme song be? Join us on this free 1-hour webinar to hear essential strategies for building, maintaining, and engaging your coalition.

Share your coalition's successes and challenges with us. SteVon Edwards, Founder and Principal of Schenault Solutions, LLC, will lead this conversation on coalition building.

We welcome your questions about coalitions. Please enter them via the registration page.

Webinar objectives:
  • Understand the essential elements in starting or building a coalition.
  • Learn about types of coalition models and the purpose served by each.
  • Learn action steps you and your organization can take to ensure your coalition is engaging the intended communities.
Click here to register.
Regional Community Health Forum & Health for a Change Workshop
July 24, 2019
Bowling Green and Scottsville, KY

Regional Community Health Forum - including the Kentucky HEALTH 1115 Medicaid Waiver at Community Farmers Market
9:30 AM - 11:30AM CT
Bowling Green

Enjoy coffee and networking starting at 9:30 a.m. The program will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. with a welcome and update on the focus areas and activities of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky by Ben Chandler, President/CEO. Veronica Judy Cecil, Vice President for Public Policy, will convey the latest developments regarding the Kentucky HEALTH Medicaid waiver program. The Forum will include an input session on Medicaid and other priority health issues of concern in our Kentucky communities.

This session is open to those interested in learning more about the Foundation for Healthy Kentucky and sharing ideas on reaching our highest level of health.

Workshop - Health for a Change - Coalition Building at Need More Acres Farm
12:00 PM - 4:30 PM CT
Scottsville, KY

Join us as we share ideas on coalition building, food, and community! Lunch and tour of Need More Acres Farm followed by workshop on assets and strategies for health improvement, food access, and community building.

Need More Acres Farm is about a 30-minute drive from the Community Farmers Market. Please let us know if you will need transportation and we will make accommodations.

Click here to register.

2019 Data Forum
November 15, 2019
Erlanger, KY
Kentucky Rural Health Association (KRHA) Call for Poster Presentations
Sponsored by: University of Kentucky Center of Excellence in Rural Health

KRHA is now accepting poster proposals for the 2019 conference on November 14th and 15th in Bowling Green, KY. Submitted poster proposals are required to have a policy focus related to the health of rural Kentuckians. Abstract submissions are due by July 15th, 2019.

Abstracts can be submitted at this link: 2019 KRHA Call for Posters
Free JUUL Ads

DrugFreeLex and the Tobacco Committee recently released three striking public service announcements (PSAs) on JUUL. These face-paced, fact-based PSAs, designed to target parents, teachers, administrators and other working with youth, are free for all to use. Each video includes facts about JUUL and other e-cigarettes. These short ads provide insight into the chemicals in JUUL and their harmful effects, the rising popularity of JUUL, why youth may be more susceptible to e-cigarette use and addiction, and why e-cigarettes are especially damaging for teens including negative health costs and long-term adverse health effects. 

Share these ads on social media, websites, blogs, television, waiting rooms, break rooms, public spaces, movie theaters, and other venues where adults visit: 

What Parents Need to Know about JUULs and other E-cigarettes.
Why so Popular?
Why so Bad for Teens?

Click here to learn more about DrugFreeLex. 
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 
Upcoming Events
Racial Equity Forum
June 17, 2019
Louisville, KY

Join the Council on Foundations and National League of Cities as they host the last of three Racial Equity Forums. This conversation will bring together foundation leaders and elected officials from the Louisville area to discuss how philanthropy and government can take actions to confront and dismantle structural racism. The distinguished speakers include:
  • Greg Fischer, Mayor of Louisville* Walter Woods, CEO, Humana Foundation
  • Kellie Watson, Chief Equity Officer, Office of the Mayor Greg Fischer, Louisville Metro Government
  • Alan Curtis, President and CEO, Eisenhower Foundation
Equitable Development: Finding Funding and Support Webinar
(Equitable Development Training Part 3)
June 17, 2019

Equitable development planning is not something that can be done by a single individual. It takes a team of dedicated partners, committed support, and financial backing. The webinar, presented by America Walks, will take place at 2pm Eastern, 11am Pacific for Equitable Development Training: Finding Funding and Support to explore the support, funding, and partnerships that are needed to make equitable development successful.

2019 Kentucky Society of Addiction Medicine
Inaugural Annual Meeting
June 29, 2019
Lexington, KY

During this program, participants will learn about new research findings in the fields of addiction medicine. Attendees will learn about recent advances and current evidence-based approaches to understanding and treating substance use disorder and addiction. Attendees will acquire new knowledge and skills to improve the care of those with addiction.

Truth Action Summit
July 16-18, 2019
Cincinnati, OH

The Truth Campaign is holding a Truth Action Summit, a smoking prevention event for youth ages 14 to 18 in Cincinnati, OH on July 16-18. Applications are open for an all-expenses-paid summit to enhance advocacy skills in the fight to end tobacco use and vaping among youth.  Please share with youth connected to your coalitions and organizations. 

Funding Opportunities
The Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has issued a funding opportunity announcement for community-based coalitions addressing youth substance use: The Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program.

The DFC support program has two goals:
  1. Establish and strengthen collaboration among communities, public and private non-profit agencies, as well as federal, state, local, and tribal governments to support the efforts of community coalitions working to prevent and reduce substance abuse among youth.
  2. Reduce substance abuse among youth and, over time, reduce substance abuse among adults by addressing the factors in a community that increase the risk of substance abuse and promoting the factors that minimize the risk of substance abuse.
Award amount: up to $125,000 per year, for up to 5 years

Applications due: July 8, 2019

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