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Kentucky Health Issues Poll: Kentucky Adults Still Divided on Needle Exchange Programs

About half of Kentucky adults favor programs that allow people who use intravenous drugs to exchange used needles for sterile ones, while about 40 percent oppose such programs, according to the latest Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) report.

Generally, the more familiar Kentucky adults are with needle exchange programs, the more likely they are to support exchanges as a strategy to reduce the transmission of HIV and other viruses, the report also found. In addition, Kentucky adults with more education, those who live in urban areas, and those ages 18 to 29 are most likely to favor needle exchanges.

No place in society for kid-friendly e-cig flavors, Foundation says about FDA proposal 

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today issued proposed restrictions that would prohibit convenience stores and gas stations from selling most flavored e-cigarettes unless they prevent minors from entering the store altogether or create a separate section for those products that minors cannot enter. The FDA also would curb bulk purchases of flavored e-cigarettes online and require the makers of e-cigarettes currently on the market to submit their products for FDA review by August 2021, a year earlier than previously required. The restrictions announced today also would ban the sale of all flavored cigars on the market since February 2007. The FDA said these new restrictions are another in a series of measures intended to reduce the epidemic in youth vaping and e-cigarette use.

House Passage of Tobacco-Free Schools Bill is Powerful Step in Prioritizing Kentucky Kids' Health

A number of business and health organizations applauded the House today for passing a bill to make Kentucky K-12 school property tobacco-free with a vote of 85 to 11. The tobacco-free schools bill, HB11, had passed unanimously out of the House Health and Human Services Committee on February 7. It now goes to the Senate for consideration where Sen. Ralph Alvarado has pledged to take action quickly on the bill. 

Matthew Bush named Foundation Endowed Chair
Matthew Bush, a Chandler Medical Center head and neck surgeon, has been named the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky Endowed Chair for Rural Health Policy at the University of Kentucky (UK). Dr. Bush's research involves increasing access to specialty health care for vulnerable populations.

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Roughly half of Kentucky adults surveyed support needle exchange, poll shows

KY Lawmakers Balk at Making School Campuses Tobacco-Free

Ban on tobacco products at public schools passes House, heads to Senate
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. 
Call for Nominations: "Unsung Heroes" in your community

The University of Kentucky College of Social Work would like to recognize "Unsung Heroes," those Kentuckians who devote their time and energy to the pursuit of social justice in the Commonwealth.
We would like to honor individuals who:
  • Work toward social change and equity for all members of our society.
  • Take action to improve the lives of individuals, families, and communities.
  • Inspire others to want to make a positive difference in the lives of others.
  • Make a difference in the lives of other Kentuckians
This award is intended to celebrate individuals for whom other awards or formal methods of recognition do not already exist. Anyone can nominate an individual for this award. Please complete this form to nominate someone for the Unsung Heroes award to be presented on Friday, April 26, 2019 at the College of Social Work's Evening of Excellence. The deadline for nominations is March 8th, 2019.

They hope to have a representation of Unsung Heroes from across the Commonwealth; please help them in recognizing those who work to make a difference for individuals, families and communities:

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.

Upcoming Events
Rural Health Grant Writing Workshop
March 14-15, 2019
Hopkinsville, KY

WHO: Rural health providers, staff at clinics and hospitals, public health professionals and community coalition leaders who wish to address rural health issues in their community, as well as beginning grant writers seeking to understand the techniques to research and draft winning grant proposals

WHAT: A day-and-a-half long interactive workshop -- with a rural health focus -- that explores how to identify funders and prepare a successful grant application

WHERE: The Bruce Convention Center, Hopkinsville, KY

WHEN: March 14-15, 2019

COST: $55 (which includes all workshop materials, as well as breakfast and lunch on March 14 and breakfast on March 15)

2019 Kentucky Harm Reduction Summit
April 9, 2019
Covington, KY

The Cabinet for Heath and Family Services, Department for Public Health, in partnership with University of Kentucky KIRP Harm Reduction Initiative and the Kentucky AIDS Education and Training Center, will be hosting the 2nd annual Harm Reduction Summit. The Summit will focus on the six principles of harm reduction from a number of perspectives such as prevention, law enforcement, leadership, families and recovery. The Summit will also serve as an opportunity for exploration and discussion of the six principles of harm reduction which are as follows: 
1) health and dignity
2) participant-centered services
3) participant involvement
4) participant autonomy
5) sociocultural factors 
6) pragmatism/realism. 

Stakeholders in harm reduction will speak about what is working and the work that is still needed at the heart of harm reduction and drug policy. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Free naloxone will be available for those attending the training (select your time for the naloxone training when checking out after registering).

Health Equity and Literacy Summit
June 8, 2019
Louisville, KY

Join Surgery on Sunday Louisville as they gather together clinicians, educators, researchers, policymakers and other stakeholders to develop solutions to the health disparities in colon cancer among racial and ethnic minorities in the United States. Collaboration on these issues is the key to solving them in a timely and systematic way. 

Funding Opportunities
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Targeted Capacity Expansion: Special Projects 

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2019 Targeted Capacity Expansion: Special Projects. 

The purpose of this program is to develop and implement targeted strategies for substance use disorder treatment provision to address a specific population or area of focus identified by the community. The purpose of the TCE program is to address an unmet need or underserved population; this program aims to enable a community to identify the specific need or population it wishes to address through the provision of evidence-based substance use disorder treatment and/or recovery support services.

Eligible applicants are domestic public and private nonprofit entities.

Award Amount: up to $375,000 per year for up to 3 years

Applications due: March 25, 2019

Action for Healthy Kids School Breakfast Grants

School breakfast is more than a meal: It helps fight hunger, improves student focus, and reduces absenteeism. Your school can introduce or expand a school breakfast program with grants for $1,000, $2,000, or $3,000. Whether it's breakfast in the classroom, grab-and-go breakfast, or another breakfast program, help your students start their day right.

Grant Amount: $1000, $2000 or $3000

Applications accepted through April 5, 2019

Action for Healthy Kids Game On Grants

In order to get every kid healthy and ready to learn, our Game On grants provide funding and resources for schools to improve or introduce new nutrition and physical activity programs. With a $1,000 grant, you can build a school garden, get equipment for active recess, host taste tests, and other nutrition promotion, start a before- or after-school activity club, and more.

Grant Amount: $1000

Applications accepted through April 5, 2019

Action for Healthy Kids Parent-led Grants

Parents: Here's your chance to make your mark on school health! Apply for a $1,000 parent-led school grant that will provide funds and resources to revamp or introduce fitness or nutrition programs so that all students have access to healthy choices.

Grant Amount: $1000

Applications due: April 5, 2019

2019 Health Equity Fund Grant

The Health Equity Fund was started with $25,000 in Culture of Health Prize money from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and has grown to $160,0000 thanks to contributions from various groups.  The Health Equity Fund will give out four grants to local nonprofits that are working to make Louisville a better place for minorities to thrive.  

Eligibility requirements: 
  • Be 501c3 nonprofit organizations, or be fiscally sponsored by a 501c3 nonprofit organization in good standing;
  • Have people of color as a majority of organizational leadership (Board, Executive Director or equivalent, and supervisory staff);
  • Be able to demonstrate how their work is significantly advancing (or has great potential to significantly advance) health equity;
  • Have an annual budget of less than $250,000 and/or share compelling evidence that its work is informed by and connected to the communities being served;
  • Be able to demonstrate how the funding will allow the organization to better address obstacles to health equity.
Grant Amount: 4 grants of up to $20,000 

Applications due: April 22, 2019

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