Registration is now open for DATA! Fostering Health Innovation in Kentucky and Ohio

Helping communities use data in innovative ways to reduce health inequities and improve population health is the focus of the 2019 Data! Forum on November 15 in Erlanger, Kentucky.

Louisville Community Conversations Call for Students! 

Mayor Greg Fischer of Louisville has announced a Community Conversation on Youth Vaping for Nov. 6 from 4-6 p.m. in Louisville. We are looking for students in the area to lead this conversation and join the audience. We also encourage youth to fill out a survey to help speakers better understand youth attitudes and behaviors with regard to e-cigarettes and "vapes."  If you know a student who might be interested, please have them fill out this survey. Answers are completely confidential. 
Foundation News

Helping communities use data in innovative ways to reduce health inequities and improve population health is the focus of the 2019 Data! Forum on November 15 in Erlanger, Kentucky.


Health coalitions, business leaders, health providers and elected officials working to improve health in the Northern Kentucky area will participate a Regional Community Health Forum in Erlanger on Nov. 15. The exchange is hosted by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky in partnership with the Northern Kentucky Health Department. The 90-minute morning forum is free; it will include information on efforts to address teen e-cigarette use, or "vaping," an update on vaping-related lung illnesses in Kentucky, and the latest developments regarding proposed changes to Kentucky's Medicaid program. There also will be an opportunity for attendees to share their thoughts and ask questions about health policy issues.

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Foundation Events
Regional Community Health Forum
November 15, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. ET
Erlanger, KY

Join us for a free, in-person forum on community health in Northern Kentucky! We are honored to present this Forum in partnership with the Northern Kentucky Health Department.

Seating is limited and registration is required to participate.

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 is open to media.

Click here to register. 
DATA! Fostering Health Innovation in Kentucky and Ohio
November 15, 2019
10:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET
Erlanger, KY

We hope this exciting and fast-paced forum will inspire you to harness the power of health data to foster change in your community. Local researchers, agencies and organizations will share the latest innovations to improve population health in our communities. The forum is open to media.

Health data enthusiasts, nonprofit and philanthropic organizations, entrepreneurs, hospitals, health departments, community planners
and researchers are encouraged to attend.

Seating is limited and registration is required to participate.

Click here to register.
Health for a Change Workshop
Infographics for Social Change: A Graphic Ally Hackathon

December 4, 2019
Louisville, KY

Become a Graphic Ally! Learn how to tell visual data stories to inspire policy change and mobilize information at the grassroots level. In this free hands-on workshop, we will explore and apply principles of conscious and responsible design to a real-world infographic project.

Click here to register.
Mental Health America of Kentucky Award Nominations Open 

Celebrate the Good and Great! Nominate a Consumer Advocate, a Volunteer, a Practicing or Retired Professional, and an Innovating Program. 

The Frank M. Gaines, MD Award is given in memory of a Louisville psychiatrist instrumental in the work of several nonprofit mental health agencies, including MHA Kentucky, to recognize the significant contributions of an active or retired professional to the care and treatment of people with mental illnesses. 

The Jack B. Stith Award recognizes an individual with an outstanding record of volunteer advocacy for persons with serious mental illnesses.

The Philip P. Ardery Award honors a program or organization that provides a significant service to the local or statewide community regarding the promotion of mental health or the prevention of mental illness.

The Clifford W. Beers Award honors a consumer of mental health services who emulates the work of Clifford W. Beers, a consumer who founded Mental Health America, to improve conditions for and attitudes toward people with mental illnesses.

The Antoinette C. Hodes Academic Scholarship is given to a student who is enrolled in a Kentucky college or university, has performed volunteer service in a mental health setting, and is preparing for a career in the mental health field. The late Ms. Hodes was a Kentucky philanthropist.

The Evan and Katherine Harrod Academic Scholarship was established in memory of the parents of late board member Evan "Pete" Harrod and is given to a student who qualifies for a Hodes Scholarship and is from a rural area. Mr. Harrod was a long-standing member of the Board of Directors of MHA Kentucky who lived and farmed in Henry County.

Kentucky Fatherhood Summit Sponsorship

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Department for Income Support and Child Support Enforcement are accepting sponsors for the 2019 Fatherhood Summit. 

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 August 30, 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. 
Upcoming Events
Mental Health in the Media
Mental Health America of Kentucky Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon
October 18, 2019
Lexington, KY
Census Solutions Workshop for Nonprofits
October 22, 2019
Louisville, KY

This hyper-interactive, design thinking workshop will bring together the local nonprofit sector to learn more about the 2020 census, discover how your organization can be involved, form new collaborations, and most importantly, identify innovative ways we can all help to ensure Kentuckiana gets a complete and accurate count.

Hosted by CNPE

Census Advocates and Partners: U.S. Census Bureau, Kentucky Youth Advocates, United Way of Kentucky, Metro United Way and Kentucky Nonprofit Network

FREE for CNPE members/ $25 for nonmembers

13th Annual Addiction & Compulsive Behaviors Symposium
November 9, 2019
Paducah, KY

Join Baptist Health Paducah for their Addiction & Compulsive Behaviors Symposium from 8am-1:30pm.  The Symposiumwill feature sessions on:
  • Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope
  • Kentucky Specialty Court Programs
  • It's a Family Affair: The Dynamics of Addiction/Recovery within the Family System
  • Vaping, Juuling, and Aerosolizing: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
Covering Substance Abuse and Recovery: A Workshop for Journalists  
November 15, 2019
Ashland, KY

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN for Covering Substance Abuse and Recovery: A Workshop for Journalists! You do not want to miss this one-day event focused on how to cover this important subject. The agenda is packed with a variety of experts in the field including award-winning journalists, authors, researchers, officials, and people in recovery. For more information, and to register, visit

Hurry! Space is limited and registration ends on November 8, 2019.

Equity in Appalachia
Understanding Racial Inequality: A Groundwater Approach
December 2, 2019
Corbin, KY

Brought to you by the Appalachia Funders Network, this event hopes to provide an opportunity for funders and philanthropic partners to develop a shared lens of what Racial Equity looks like in Appalachia! This 2 day series will be comprised of training from the Racial Equity Institute and targeted discussions on Equity led by PolicyLink. Registration and more information coming soon!

For Questions or to Sponsor, contact Ethan Hamblin at 
Funding Opportunities
America Walks 2019 Community Change Grants

America Walks has seen firsthand that the passion, innovation and hard work of advocates and local organizations to advance safe, equitable, accessible, and enjoyable places to walk and move are what create the foundation for walkable communities across the US. This grant program will work to provide support to the growing network of advocates, organizations, and agencies using innovative, engaging, and inclusive programs and projects to create change at the community level.

Funded projects should:
  • Increase physical activity and active transportation in a specific community* Work to engage people and organizations new to the efforts of walking and walkability
  • Demonstrate a culture of inclusive health
  • Create and support healthy, active, and engaged communities

Grant amount: $1,500 

Applications due: November 8, 2019

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