Foundation News

Nearly everyone who smokes started when they were kids or young adults. In Kentucky, smoking kills 8,900 people and racks up $1.92 billion in health care expenditures every year. If we can find effective ways to keep our kids from becoming addicted to tobacco, we have a shot at significantly reducing the heavy price we all pay in illness, death and extra taxes tied to Kentucky's high rates of tobacco use.


A demonstration program in Louisville elementary schools to foster resilience among students experiencing trauma reduced student behavior referrals, improved staff skills, led to gains in school climate surveys and boosted teacher retention, according to a Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky  report  and  video . The hope is to improve the future health of the students, which research shows can suffer as a result of toxic stress in childhood, the Foundation said.


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.

Foundation in the News
JCPS Stakeholders Say Program To Address Childhood Trauma Got Results

Study: Medicaid work rules caused coverage losses, no job gains in Arkansas; argument continues about what would happen in KY

McConnell/Kaine Tobacco-Free Youth Act Approved by Key Senate Committee
Foundation Events
Health for a Change Webinar:
Key Concepts for Data Viz
July 17, 2019
1:00 PM-2:00 PM ET

In this webinar, Jessica Bellamy will walk you through her six principles of Conscious and Responsible design, give a foundation in data equity, and share with you the tools necessary to be successful in the social change sector.

Join us on this free 1-hour webinar to hear essential strategies on infographics, data vizualization, and social change.

Webinar objectives:
  • Understand the six principles of Conscious and Responsible design.
  • Learn why data equity is important to health and community.
  • Consider action steps for success through social change organizing.
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.
Health for a Change Workshop:
Infographics for Social Change: A Graphic Ally Hackathon
August 2, 2019
9:30 AM-3:30 PM ET

Become a Graphic Ally! Learn how to tell visual data stories to inspire policy change and mobilize information at the grassroots level. In this free hands-on workshop, we will explore and apply principles of conscious and responsible design to a real-world infographic project.

Topics covered are as follows: icon drafting, infographic composition, power dynamics in design, data framing, asset vs. deficit mapping, access to information, and grassroots design strategies.

Learn how to map out infographic solutions for reaching and activating policy makers, people with resources, low-opportunity communities, and more.

Participants will leave with an actionable list of design strategies, and with experience creating an infographic.

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
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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