Foundation News

A group of nine Johnson County Middle School students who call themselves the "Juul Breakers" have been named Healthy Kentucky Policy Champions for their efforts to curb youth vaping and e-cigarette use, both in their school and across Kentucky through education and a proposed statewide law.


The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky today announced a grant of up to $200,000 through 2020 to begin a rural program in Russell County and nine surrounding counties to help children and youth dealing with violence, addiction and other trauma known as ACEs - Adverse Childhood Experiences. The Foundation awarded the grant to the Louisville-based Bounce Coalition, which will work with Russell County Schools and the Lake Cumberland District Health Department to implement the ACEs program. 


The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky is offering a free webinar on Wednesday, June 19, from 1-2 p.m. (ET) as part of its  Health for a Change  training series on the importance of the upcoming Census. The webinar, titled " Counting down to the 2020 Census: Community, Kids, Collaboration ," will focus on ways to partner with groups around the state working to ensure a complete and accurate count for Kentucky, and how to ensure Kentucky kids are not under-counted.

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Foundation Events
Health for a Change Workshop:
Building Healthier Communities with CANE, Inc. 
June 6, 2019
1:30 PM-4:30 PM ET

Join members of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky Community Advisory Council for a free, in-person forum on community health issues and a workshop on healthy communities in Whitesburg, Kentucky!

This day will be comprised of two sessions - a morning forum and an afternoon workshop. Seating is limited and registration is required to participate. Register for one or both sessions. Both sessions are free of charge. Lunch is included and provided by  CANE, Inc.

An Open Invitation: We welcome representatives of local health organizations, health care providers, public health professionals, local elected officials, business and education leaders, local health coalitions and community members interested in improving the health of their community. The forum and workshop are also open to media.

Click here to register.
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. 
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 
Upcoming Events
Evidence-Based Tools to Improve Care for Culturally Diverse Patients
June 4, 2019
Louisville, KY

The Kentucky Office for Refugees (KOR), an arm of Catholic Charities of Louisville, is pleased to sponsor this free half-day workshop by featured presenter David B. Hunt, J.D., President and CEO, Critical Measures, a national management consulting and training firm specializing in cross-cultural medical care and health equity issues. This is David's second visit in partnering with KOR to help improve healthcare delivery and providers practice behaviors when assessing and treating culturally and linguistically diverse patients.  

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. 

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
Youth Engagement in Sports: Collaboration to Improve Adolescent Physical Activity and Nutrition (YES Initiative) 

The YES Initiative seeks to support projects that address the HHS priority to expand youth participation in sports and encourage regular physical activity, especially for youth populations with lower rates of sports participation and communities with limited access to athletic facilities or recreational areas. YES Initiative applicants should address unhealthy physical activity and nutrition behaviors in racial/ethnic minority and socio-economically disadvantaged youth, including specifically girls, and provide opportunities to learn skills and gain experiences that contribute to more positive lifestyles and enhance their capacity to make healthier life choices.

Webinar for potential applicants will be held on April 24, 2019 at 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Please check the Office of Minority Health website: 

Award Ceiling: $400,000

Applications due: May 31, 2019

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Grants

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has announced two FY 2019, NIFA's grants:
  • Community Food Projects (CFP)
  • Planning Projects (PP). 

"The primary goals of the CFP are to: Meet the food needs of low-income individuals through food distribution, community outreach to assist in participation in Federally assisted nutrition programs, or improving access to food as part of a comprehensive service; Increase the self-reliance of communities in providing for the food needs of the communities; Promote comprehensive responses to local food access, farm, and nutrition issues; and Meet specific state, local or neighborhood food and agricultural needs including needs relating to: Equipment necessary for the efficient operation of a project; Planning for long-term solutions; or The creation of innovative marketing activities that mutually benefit agricultural producers and low-income consumers."


Grant amount: $35,000 - $400,000

Matching requirement: 100% match required

Applications due: June 3, 2019

Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program

The US Department of Agriculture has announced its Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program Formerly known as the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive Program (FINI)

To support projects to increase the purchase of fruits and vegetables among low-income consumers participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by providing incentives at the point of purchase. The program will test strategies that could contribute to our understanding of how best to increase the purchase of fruits and vegetables by Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants. 

Award amount: $100,000 - $8,500,000

Matching requirement: 100% match required

Applications due: June 10, 2019

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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