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Foundation Statement: Kentucky gets Medicaid 1115 Waiver Approval

Kentucky received approval today to proceed with implementing the community engagement and premium requirements, among other elements included in the Kentucky HEALTH Medicaid 1115 waiver proposal it had submitted to the federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Youth E-Cig use at epidemic level: NKY, Richmond locations added for statewide E-Cigarette Conference.  

The Coalition for a Smoke-Free Tomorrow has added two more remote participation locations - one each in Florence and Richmond - to accommodate high interest in its statewide, half-day conference on e-cigarettes on December 10 in Louisville. The Louisville conference is full but accepting names for a waiting list; remote locations now have been scheduled in Bowling Green, Florence, Hazard, Paducah and Richmond.

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
Workshop: Working with the Media - Paducah 
December 5, 2018
12:30 PM- 3:00 PM (Central Time)

McCracken County Public Library
(270) 442-2510
555 Washington Street
Paducah, Kentucky 42003

Join us for this free in-person workshop in Paducah, Kentucky.
The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky is offering a workshop to help nonprofit organizations and coalitions work effectively with the media to improve news coverage of their efforts.

  • Establish a basic understanding of media messaging. 
  • Identify pre-interview preparation techniques.
  • Learn key strategies for a media interview.
  • Understand the basics of an effective news release.
Register  here .
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.

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.
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
Kentucky Nonprofit Network Louisville Regional Public Policy Forum 2018
December 5, 2018
Louisville, KY

Join Kentucky Nonprofit Network, their members and hosts Center for Nonprofit Excellence, Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and your nonprofit colleagues for the Louisville Regional Public Policy Forum. 

Topics of discussion:
  • the public policy issues facing nonprofits - sales tax, charitable giving and more
  • action steps for getting engaged to protect and advance our sector and your organization's ability to accomplish its mission; and
  • public policy tools and resources to assist you.

The Regional Public Policy Forum is your opportunity to share and learn about the public policy issues facing nonprofits in your region and across the state and nation.

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
Webinar:  National Diabetes Prevention Program: An Urgent Intervention for Kentucky
December 13, 2019

The National Diabetes Prevention Program: An Urgent Intervention for Kentucky webinar, hosted by the Kentucky Primary Care Association, will provide a brief overview of the burden of diabetes in Kentucky and describe the urgency of reducing that burden.  The CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP) will be explored as an evidenced-based lifestyle change program to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.  At the end of the session, representatives from Clover Fork Clinic and Juniper Health will share their experience in attaining CDC-recognized Diabetes Prevention Program status.  

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