Registration is now open for the 2019 DATA Forum! 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. The event is free, but registration is required.

Foundation in the News
Regional Community Health Forum coming; hosts: NKY Public Health, Foundation for Healthy KY 

New beverage recommendations for children say to avoid drinks with added sugar, plant-based milks

Kentucky representative prefiles 2 vaping-related bills
Foundation Events
Community Conversation on E-Cigarettes & Youth: Addressing an Epidemic
November 6, 2019
4-6 p.m. ET
duPont Manual High School Auditorium
120 W. Lee Street, Louisville 40208

One in four high school students report using an e-cigarette in the past month. Many kids and their parents falsely believe these devices are safe. Join the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, Kentucky Youth Advocates, YMCA of Greater Louisville, Jefferson County Public Schools and the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness for a community conversation about the youth vaping epidemic. This student-led conversation will feature middle school student Claire Ramsey as emcee, as well as Mayor Greg Fischer and several expert panelists who will answer your questions about the dangers of e-cigarettes, how they are marketed to kids, and the laws we need to address this problem. There will be ample time for Q&A with the audience. This event is FREE; no registration required.
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. 
2019 DATA Forum! 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. Learn more.
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. 

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
Lung Injury Associated with Vaping Webinar
November 1, 2019
10:30 a.m. EDT

Speaker:  Elizabeth Anderson Hoagland, youth tobacco prevention coordinator with the Kentucky Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program. 

Hosted by the Kentucky Chronic Disease Program

13th Annual Addiction & Compulsive Behaviors Symposium
November 9, 2019
Paducah, KY
8:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Join Baptist Health Paducah for an Addiction & Compulsive Behaviors Symposium from 8am-1:30pm. The Symposium will 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
Health in Rural America: Innovative Solutions to Address Disparities Webinar
November 13, 2019
2:00 - 3:30 p.m. ET

America is facing a complex rural health crisis. Increasing urbanization is leaving behind an older, sicker, and poorer population in rural America that may struggle with  social determinants of health such as access to medical care and healthy meals. These challenges contribute to rural-urban health inequities in rates of chronic conditions including obesity and diabetes. Despite the odds, leaders are leveraging the unique strengths of rural communities to develop and implement promising solutions.

This webinar, hosted by The National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation, will explore:
  • The current rural health landscape and federal strategies to improve rural health
  • Innovative initiatives to respond to unmet social needs, address provider shortages and expand telehealth in Arkansas and Texas
  • The impact of rurality on maternal and child health and approaches to managing access issues
Covering Substance Abuse and Recovery: A Workshop for Journalists  
November 15, 2019
Ashland, KY
8:00 a.m. - 5:15 p.m. ET

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 will 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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