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The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky has named five new members to its Community Advisory Council: Leigh Ann Ballegeer of Paducah, Sara Jo Best of Rineyville, Rev. Kent H. Gilbert of Berea, Terrie Burgan of Vine Grove, and Joel Thornbury of Pikeville.

Adults who are hesitant to take the COVID-19 vaccine may be more likely to do so if they know someone who has received it. That’s the premise of the new Take It From Me campaign, launched today by the Kentucky Medical Association (KMA), Kentucky Foundation for Medical Care (KFMC), the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky (FHKy), the Kentucky Hospital Association (KHA), and the Kentucky Primary Care Association (KPCA) to encourage residents to receive the shot when it’s their turn.

A bill passed by the legislature and now awaiting the Governor's signature would cap the out-of-pocket cost for a 30-day supply of insulin at $30 for Kentuckians covered by state-regulated health plans. House Bill 95 would go into effect Jan. 1, 2022. The price cap would apply regardless of the amount or type of insulin the person with diabetes needs.

Black Kentuckians who are hesitant about getting a Covid-19 vaccine often have the same questions as their white counterparts. But many have additional concerns that may emanate from their experiences with racism in the health care system and a history in America of unethical medical experiments on Black populations.
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Covid-19 Resources
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Bluegrass Community Foundation Coronavirus Response Fund
Kentucky Voices for Health Covid-19 Explainers for Consumers 

American Lung Association N-O-T® Not On Tobacco youth tobacco cessation and INDEPTH® alternative to suspension programs and facilitator training courses.

INDEPTH Facilitator Training Course is free, includes three-year certification, school policy guidance and downloadable curriculum and materials
N-O-T Facilitator Training Course is $400 per facilitator, includes three-year certification and INDEPTH Facilitator training also.
These programs support comprehensive tobacco control policies in school or community settings and support the American Lung Association’s measures to eliminate tobacco use by youth and to reduce the youth e-cigarette prevalence rate to 15% by 2025.

As your trusted champion in lung health, we invite you to learn more and visit or contact or for additional information.
Kentuckiana Health Collaborative "Opioids and the Workplace" toolkit

The Opportunity Agenda Ten Lessons for Talking About Race, Racism and Racial Justice

My Life, My Quit teen text-to-quit service

My Life, My Quit™ is the free and confidential way to quit smoking or vaping. Text "Start My Quit" to 36072 or click to chat with a Coach. We are here for you every step of the way. It's YOUR LIFE and we're here to help you live it YOUR WAY.

Upcoming Events
Kentucky Diabetes Network, Research Action Impact Collaborative (RAIC) Virtual Inaugural Research Forum
April 7, 2021
2:00-3:00 PM ET

Increase the impact of insights gained by academic and community researchers on all aspect’s lives of people with diabetes or prediabetes (e.g., health literacy, access to care, health behaviors, medication adherence, medication cost).
How Interoperability and Price Transparency Rules Enable Informed
Decision-Making and Patient-Centered Care
April 7, 2021
1:00-2:00 PM ET

New interoperability, price transparency, and prior authorization mandates require that previously inaccessible data be made available at the point-of-care. This confluence of data can allow for more informed decision-making and improve the overall patient experience. To understand their impact, we must dissect these policies and discern what they are trying to solve for and the benefits they can bring to our health care ecosystem. It is important that health care leaders adapt to this new landscape and consider how to unlock better patient care with best-in-class decision-support tools.
More than Child’s Play! Active Play’s Positive Impact on Children’s Brains & Bodies
April 20, 2021
2:00-4:00 PM ET

Join the Kentucky Department for Public Health's State Physical Activity & Nutrition (SPAN) Program for a free webinar with national physical education expert Diane Craft, Ph.D., as she discusses active play and how it can help all young children learn, grow, and be healthy.  

Participants will learn developmentally-appropriate, inclusive, and fun physical activities that work well for all kinds of early childhood classrooms and child care centers. This webinar is open to all Kentucky providers of early care & education (ECE), and those who provide ECE technical assistance. ECE-TRIS clock hours will be available to attendees. Registration is free but limited.
2021 KY Tobacco Control Conference Webinar: E-cigarette Education in Schools
April 27, 2021
3:30-4:45 PM ET

Please join the Kentucky Tobacco Prevention & Cessation Program and the Kentucky Center for Smoke-free Policy for this free, 75-minute webinar on e-cigarette education in schools and how life science and tobacco control approaches can each motivate and empower teens to stay vape-free. 

Local health department tobacco coordinators, school science teachers, and others working in education or public health are encouraged to attend!

Helping fewer youth ever try tobacco products is a key tenet of evidence-based tobacco control. In this webinar, attendees will compare and contrast two different ways to do this, right from the classroom. The University of Kentucky’s (UK's) #iCANendthetrend tobacco control approach is an evidence-formed, interactive peer-to-peer program with a goal of stopping middle- and high-school students from trying vaping. Another school-based approach is to incorporate e-cigarette content into science classes by aligning lessons with curriculum standards. This is the life science approach featured in the Beyond Nicotine lesson series from the University of North Carolina (UNC) - Chapel Hill. Developed in collaboration with toxicologists, each Beyond Nicotine lesson helps high school science teachers invite students to interpret scientific data and evaluate the impact of e-cigarette flavorings and aerosols on respiratory health. 
Funding Opportunities

Pilot funding will be made available to support meritorious projects that focus on identifying, reducing and/or eliminating health disparities. All applications must address how the pilot project will (1) directly contribute to achieving health equity for a vulnerable population and (2) obtain critical data to support an extramural grant submission that will promote health equity. It is expected that up to 2 proposals will be funded in this round depending on number and type of applications received. This year we will fund one pilot study in conjunction with the UNITE Research priority area. One of the missions for UNITE is: to support research focused on racial disparities, racial health equity, social and racial justice that will result in impactful scholarly outputs and extramural funding for sustainability. As such, research focused on achieving racial health equity is particularly encouraged, but research focused on other vulnerable groups or populations affected by health inequity are also eligible for pilot funding under this mechanism.

The pilot awards are open to health equity studies affecting any vulnerable group or population affected by health disparities. Applications that align with UK’s health disparities research priority areas are encouraged (i.e., Substance Use, Cancer, Diabetes & Obesity, Cardiovascular, Cerebrovascular/Neurological, and UNITE). However, other health equity research topics are also eligible to apply.

Application Deadline: April 1, 2021
Award Amount: $25,000 max

National Initiative to Address COVID-19 Health Disparities Among Populations at High-Risk and Underserved, Including Racial and Ethnic Minority Populations and Rural Communities Grant

CDC’s Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support (CSTLTS) has published a two-year Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)—CDC-RFA-OT21-2103: National Initiative to Address COVID-19 Health Disparities Among Populations at High-Risk and Underserved, Including Racial and Ethnic Minority Populations and Rural Communitiesexternal icon. This non-research cooperative agreement is funded through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 and is expected to award funding to up to 108 state, local, territorial, and freely associated state health departments, or their bona fide agents. This groundbreaking funding represents CDC’s largest investment to date focusing specifically on reducing health disparities related to COVID-19 and will provide much needed support to directly address these issues in communities that need it most.

Application Deadline: May 3, 2021
Award Amount: $2.25 billion in total grant funds

Anthem to Invest $2 Million across Kentucky to Address Health Disparities

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield's Medicaid plan in Kentucky, together with the Anthem Foundation, will invest $2 million in 2020 to address health disparities across the Commonwealth, with a heightened focus on school-aged children.

Non-profits and community partners in Kentucky that work with the school-aged population and focus on addressing health disparities are encouraged to submit a proposal and funding request to Anthem at: 

American Electric Power Foundation Grants

Supports nonprofits working in the areas of hunger, housing, health and safety, human services, education, and the environment in American Electric Power's eleven state service area.

Grant amount: no less than $15,00

Applications accepted on an ongoing basis

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