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The cost of health care and medication remained a problem for hundreds of thousands of Kentucky adults in 2019, according to the Kentucky Health Issues Poll. Although the percentage of Kentucky adults who delayed or skipped doctor visits or did not fill a prescription because of the cost has declined in the past decade, those most affected tend to have lower incomes and are more likely to have poorer health.

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In two states, a vast testing gap shows what it means to have no national strategy

KY Chamber, KCTCS partner on 'Restart Kentucky' to bring industry leaders together on economic recovery 
Covid-19 Resources
Kentucky Covid-19 website

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Covid-19 website
Bluegrass Community Foundation Coronavirus Response Fund 

Kentucky Voices for Health Covid-19 Explainers for Consumers 

Help for Kentuckians During COVID-19

What Kentuckians need to know about COVID-19
Kentucky Voices for Health Covid-19 Explainers for Consumers 

Help for Kentuckians During COVID-19

What Kentuckians need to know about COVID-19
Donate to the Team Kentucky Find 
Kentuckiana Health Collaborative "Opioids and the Workplace" toolkid
Protecting Immigrant Families guidance to defuse false and negative associations between COVID-19 and immigrant communities or populations

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

Report: Health Impact Assessment of Expungement Policy in Kentucky

The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness (LMPHW) conducted a Health Impact Assessment (HIA) to review the influence that changes to KRS Chapter 431, Kentucky's existing expungement policy, would have on health. 

CityHealth is seeking applicants for small and mid-size city pilot program

CityHealth is seeking applicants for a pilot program aimed at improving health among mid-sized and smaller cities, defined as a jurisdiction with a population of less than 275,000. CityHealth currently partners with the nation's largest 40 cities, and is looking to support small and mid-sized cities in using policy to create healthier and more vibrant communities. CityHealth will select a small group of cities to participate in the initial pilot. They will provide training materials and technical assistance to guide these participants as they do their own assessment of their policies. After validation by an independent team of lawyers, participating cities will then be scored on the completed self-assessments and awarded medals based on CityHealth criteria. Each city will receive communications support to publicize their work to build thriving communities

This is Quitting now available for Kentuckians age 13-24 

The Kentucky Department for Public Health encourages teens and young adults who want to quit vaping to get free help from This Is Quitting, a nationwide texting service. 

This is Quitting was developed by Truth Initiative and is being promoted directly to Kentuckians through a collaboration with DPH. The service is intended for young people ages 13 to 24, and is tailored by age group to give appropriate recommendations about quitting vaping. It was developed with input from young people who have already attempted to or succeeded in quitting e-cigarettes. Participants should text KENTUCKY to 88709 to enroll in the program, which provides up to nine weeks of coaching.

PSAs about E-Cigaretts and Youth
DrugFreeLex and the Tobacco Committee recently released three striking public service announcements (PSAs) on JUUL. These face-paced, fact-based PSAs, designed for parents, teachers, administrators and others 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 PSA's 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. 
Upcoming Events
COVID-19 and the Impact on Communities of Color: Our Nation's Inequities Exposed Webinar
May 20, 2020
2:00 PM ET

This webinar, hosted by Trust for America's Health will highlight the disproportionate health and economic impacts the pandemic is having on communities of color and the short- and long-term efforts needed to advance equity in the response to and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and future public health emergencies. There will also be a focus on recent federal legislation and state actions in response to COVID-19.

This event is recommended for anyone working in public health, health care, policy and advocacy, health equity, civil rights, community-based organizations, social determinants of health, and local and state health officials.

Kentucky Office of Rural Health EMS Week Webinar Series
12:00 PM ET

Tuesday, May 19: Chris Cebollero, President/CEO, Cebollero & Associates, will speak on The Art of Self Motivation

Wednesday, May 20: Mike Taigman, Improvement Guide, FirstWatch, will speak on Finding Your Way to Feeling Motivated: Cutting Through Stress (Including Stress Caused by COVID-19)

Thursday, May 21: Dr. Jay Fitch, Founding Partner, Fitch & Associates, LLC, will speak on Improving Our EMS Organization's Teamwork, Morale and Culture

Funding Opportunities
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

Appalachian Community Fund Technical Assistance Grants

Funding for technical assistance needs for community-based organizations that address underlying causes of economic and social distress in the Appalachian region.

Grant amount: up to $800

Applications accepted on an ongoing basis

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