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Foundation Statement: Juul Decision to Suspend Some Flavored Products "Welcome but Tardy"

JUUL Labs said today that it has temporarily suspended orders for its "Mango, Fruit, Creme, and Cucumber JUUL pods to the over 90,000 retail stores . . . including traditional tobacco retailers (e.g., convenience stores) and specialty vape shops." The action follows concerns raised by Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb about the role that flavors play in attracting youth to begin using e-cigarettes. 

Foundation Statement: Fewer Kentucky Women Smoking While Pregnant

Kentucky Youth Advocates today released the 2018 Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book, providing the latest data on 17 measures of child well-being, including the rates of smoking during pregnancy. Statewide, that rate dropped from 20.6 percent over the three-year period 2013-2015 to 18.1 percent during 2014-2016. Smoking during pregnancy rates improved in 113 counties, held steady in two counties and increased in five counties. Two counties (Lee and Owsley) had rates exceeding 40 percent (there were four in 2013-2015) but still improved, and 22 exceeded 30 percent (down from 35 in 2013-2015). Six counties saw decreases of 5 percentage points or more with the largest improvement in Shelby County, which dropped 6.9 percentage points, from 21 percent in 2013-2015 to 14.1 percent in 2014-2016. 

Foundation Statement: Adult Cigarette Smoking Rates Hit Historic Low

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today reported that the cigarette smoking rates for adults in the United States in 2017 reached an historic low of 14 percent, or 34 million adults. This is a 67 percent decline since 1965 when the adult cigarette smoking rate was 42 percent. The rate for young adults, ages 18 to 24, was 10 percent, down from 13 percent in 2016. 

Next Generation Tobacco: The Impact of E-Cigarettes on Kentucky's Future Health
Monday December 10, 2018
8:30 AM- 12:00 PM
Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky 
1640 Lyndon Farm Court
Louisville, KY 40223 

The Coalition for a Smoke-Free Tomorrow will bring together experts from Kentucky and around the nation on Monday, Dec. 10, to share the latest developments in e-cigarette use, safety and regulation. Dr. Brian King of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will keynote the event with an overview of the federal position on e-cigarettes and the status of regulation. An expert panel will discuss such questions as:
  • Are e-cigarettes safe?
  • Are they effective smoking-cessation tools?
  • How are adolescents using e-cigarettes?
  • What has been the impact of Juul and other pod e-cigarette devices?
  • How do e-cigarettes affect health?
  • How do flavored e-cigarettes impact use.
View the Agenda hereThe conference is free but registration is required.
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Upcoming Foundation Events
Webinar:  Preemption and Health Advocacy
November 28, 2018, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM  ET

Join us on this free 1-hour webinar!  Learn about the history of preemption and understand how preemption relates to tobacco control and other health policies. Presenters will share their experiences, answer questions, and discuss advocacy strategies.
Learning Objectives: 
  • Understand Kentucky law that prohibits local regulation of the distribution, sales, or display of tobacco products.
  • Describe the history of preemption in Kentucky including the tobacco control policies that are currently prohibited for consideration by local governments.
  • Understand the magnitude of the preemption threat to public health.
  • Learn key elements of the Grassroots Change/New York University Combatting Preemption Action Model, including how it relates to both countering and repealing state preemption.
  • Discuss tactics to organize and address preemption.
  • Understand the role of the tobacco industry and its allies, and continued efforts to limit smokefree protections.

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.  

Kentucky Antibiotic Awareness

Kentucky Antibiotic Awareness (KAA) is a campaign to reduce inappropriate antibiotic use across the state of Kentucky.  KAA encourages healthcare professionals and community members to utilize the educational resources provided here.  The materials available on the KAA site were developed by health professional researchers from the University of Louisville, Department of Pediatrics, Child and Adolescent Health Research Design and Support Unit (CAHRDS).

Kentucky Outpatient Antimicrobial Stewardship Implementation Workbook

Kentucky Antibiotic Awareness Commitment Posters
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.

Is your Drink in Disguise?

Use the Better Beverage Finder, an initiative of the Horizon Foundation. Find out more here and here.
National Leadership Academy for the Public's Health: 2019 Call for Applications

The Center for Health Leadership & Practice is currently seeking applications from  multi-sector teams across the United States for the 8th National Leadership Academy for the Public's Health (NLAPH) cohort. Since 2012, NLAPH has brought together leaders from diverse sectors including health, housing, education, transportation, and law enforcement to build their own capacity in order to transform their communities, improve health, and advance equity. 

for additional details and information.
For more information, please contact:
Carmen R. Nevarez, MD, MPH, Center Director
Karya Lustig, Deputy Director
Center for Health Leadership and Practice
Public Health Institute
Oakland, CA
Using Naloxone to Reverse Opioid Overdose in the Workplace: Information for Employers and Workers

Opioid misuse and overdose deaths from opioids are serious health issues in the United States. Overdose deaths involving prescription and illicit opioids doubled from 2010 to 2016, with more than 42,000 deaths in 2016 [CDC 2016]. Provisional data show that there were more than 49,000 opioid overdose deaths in 2017 [CDC 2018]. In October 2017, the President declared the opioid overdose epidemic to be a public health emergency.

Read the CDC fact sheet here.
What you Need to Know about Putting Drug Prices in TV Ads

In May 2018, President Trump and Secretary Azar introduced the American Patients First Blueprint to bring down prescription drug prices.
  • The blueprint laid out four strategies for solving the problems patients face: boosting competition, enhancing negotiation, creating incentives for lower list prices, and bringing down out-of-pocket costs.
  • To create better incentives for list prices, the blueprint called for HHS to consider requiring the inclusion of list prices in direct-to-consumer advertising.
See More here
Life in Rural America

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and National Public Radio have released the report Life in Rural America based on a survey of adults ages 18 or older living in rural United States. The purpose of the survey was to understand the current views and experiences of rural Americans on economic and health issues.
Some of the survey's key findings include:
  • A majority of rural residents agree opioid addiction is a serious problem in their community (57%), with about half personally knowing someone who has struggled with opioid addiction (49%).
  • Almost one-quarter of rural adults (23%) say that drug addiction or abuse is the most urgent health problem currently facing their community, followed by cancer (12%) and access to care (11%).
  • Sixty-four percent of respondents say better long-term job creation would be most helpful to their local economy; 61% believe improving quality of local schools; 55% report improving access to health care; and 51% view advanced job training or skills as recommended approaches.
  • Fifty-two percent of respondents say they are active in solving problems in their local community, with younger adults reporting higher levels of participation.
  • Eighty-one percent of respondents report feeling attached to their local community, and 67% say neighbors have helped them in times of need.
Full report: Life in Rural America
Never Miss a Flu Vaccine: Here are the Reasons

Americans experienced one of the most severe flu seasons in four decades last year with flu activity remaining high well into March 2018.  Millions  of Americans became sick with the flu, an estimated 900,000 were hospitalized, and 80,000 died from flu and its complications.The simple act of getting vaccinated helps protect your loved ones.

Read Adm. Brett P. Giroir, M.D., Assistant Secretary for Health's post  here
We Cannot Let E-Cigarettes Become and On-Ramp for Teenage Addiction

The surge in e-cigarette use by teenagers is alarming because nicotine is highly addictive and can  harm brain development, which continues into young adulthood. Worse, kids who start on e-cigarettes are actually more likely than non-user peers to migrate to smoking tobacco.  

More here
Upcoming Events
20th Anniversary Kentucky Rural Health Association Conference: Exploring Overdose Mortality and Contributing Factors Through an Interactive Mapping Tool
November 15-16 2018, 8AM-5PM ET

Objectives:  At the end of this conference, participants will be able to: - 
  • Build an overview of the state of rural health in KY 
  • Understand current initiatives to improve rural health services in KY 
  • Become a skilled advocate & promoter for rural health at the local, regional, and state levels 
Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky CEO Ben Chandler, will be speaking at this conference.

More Information and To Register:  KRHA 20th Annual Conference 
Cancer Pain & the Opioid Epidemic, with speaker Dr. Lori Earnshaw
November 19, 2018, 12:30-1:30 PM ET

Cancer pain continues to be a concern for many survivors at various points in the trajectory of their recovery. Managing that pain can be a challenge -- one that is made even more complex by today's opioid epidemic. The Kentucky Cancer Consortium partners webinar on Monday, November 19th, with Dr. Lori Earnshaw will discuss the current climate in the field of palliative cancer care in Kentucky, and ways that we can help achieve a balance between the need for adequate pain control and concerns about possible opioid misuse.

Register here.
Webinar: Supporting Children Who Lose Parents to Overdose
November 28, 2018, 2:00 PM ET

The Institute for Research, Education, and Training in addictions is hosting this webinar which will "discuss implications for the future, including the ways that systems and helping professionals need to adjust to accommodate the growing number of children who have lost parents to overdose over the course of their development into adults."

Register here.
Lung Force Expo
December 7, 2018
Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, Prestonsburg, KY

Hosted by the American Lung Association, Lung Force Expos are a great opportunity to learn more about the latest trends, resources and research surrounding lung cancer, COPD, asthma, pulmonary fibrosis, and other lung diseases.

This one day event features experts from a variety of lung health-related fields presenting on current research and hot topics, an exhibitor showcase, and a chance for patients, caregivers, and the local medical community to connect.

Register here
Freedom From Smoking (FFS) Facilitator training in Kentucky
January 20, 2019
Louisville, KY

For More information, contact American Lung Association's Tami Cappelletti at
Funding Opportunities
Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children Grant 

The Foundation of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry is providing its Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children (HSHC) Grant to support community-based initiatives that provide dental care and ultimately serve as a Dental Home to underserved/limited access children.
Grant Amount : one-year grants of up to $20,000
Deadline for ApplicationsDecember 21, 2018

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Louisville, KY 40223