Foundation News

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.
Health for a Change: Webinar to Address Kentucky Law Preventing Local Tobacco Control and Other Health Ordinances
Cities and counties in Kentucky cannot pass ordinances that raise the legal age to purchase tobacco products or ban tobacco flavors that appeal to youth, among other measures, even when local citizens and elected officials strongly support them. That's because Kentucky law preempts local regulation of the distribution, sales and regulation of tobacco products. 
The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky is offering a free webinar on November 28, from 1-2 p.m. (ET) as part of its Health for a Change training series to help health advocates, elected officials and others better understand the threat preemption laws pose to public health. Presenters in the one-hour webinar will discuss how preemption relates to tobacco control and other health policies, share their experiences, and discuss advocacy strategies for countering and repealing state preemption.

Read the news release here
Register for the Webinar here
Foundation in the News

Ben Chandler is leading the way in facing the state's health challenges 
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.

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
October is National Bullying Prevention Month

When adults respond quickly and consistently to bullying behavior they send the message that it is not acceptable. Research shows this can stop bullying behavior over time. 

Parents, school staff, and other adults in the community can help kids prevent bullying by talking about it, building a safe school environment, and creating a community-wide bullying prevention strategy.
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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
2018 Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Pre-Conference Workshop and MCH One-Day Conference
November 11-12, 2018
Griffin Gate Marriot, Lexington, KY

MCH Pre-Conference Workshop: Featuring Armon Perry, PhD, MSW, and Katrina Thompson, MSW

MCH One-Day Conference: Featuring Kimberly Yolton, PhD and Henrietta S. Bada, MD, MPH


Conference Highlights:

  • Maternal Mortality/Morbidity
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Monitoring Pregnancy Risk in Kentucky
  • Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
  • Environmental Tobacco Smoke 
A separate registration is required for each event, space is limited, please register early!

Register for the Pre-Conference here
Register for the MCH One-Day Conference here
Rural & Underserved Health Research Center Fall Symposium: Rural Opioid Misuse & Suicide; Pneumonia Vaccine Disparities; Impact of Rural Hospital Closures on Emergency Services; Spatial Analysis of Coal Miners' Health Care Utilization
November 12, 2018, 9AM-11PM ET
Lexington, KY

The Rural & Underserved Health Research Center (RUHRC) symposium will feature four presentations of research from the RUHRC center. View the agenda at 

Register here
Collaborative for Children of Addicted Parents Presents: Family-Centered Approach for Children of Addicted Parents
November 14, 2018, 8AM-5PM ET

The Collaborative for Children of Addicted Parents(CCAP), GLAD House, and Cincinnati Children's will be holding their  third annual conference at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington, Kentucky. Nationally known, Dr. Ira Chasnoff will be one of the keynote speakers. 

You are invited to submit a session proposal for the conference. Proposals should explore family-centered practices utilized to provide services to children impacted by addiction.  Call for abstracts.

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
2019 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Culture of Health Prize

The RWJF Culture of Health Prize recognizes communities that have come together around a commitment to health, opportunity, and equity through collaboration and inclusion, especially with historically marginalized populations and those facing the greatest barriers to good health. The Prize honors those communities that are working to give everyone the opportunity to live well, including residents that are often left behind.
Prize includes: $25,000 cash prize, customized communications material and training, national and local promotion

Application Deadline: November 1, 2018

Read more.
America Walks 2018 Community Change Grants

America Walks, partners of the Every Body Walk! Collaborative, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Juliet Ashby Hillman Foundation, Lyft, WalkBoston, and other generous sponsors, are excited to announce another round of our popular Community Change Grant program. 
Grant amount: $1,500  in community stipends for projects related to creating healthy, active, and engaged places to live, work, and play

Application Deadline: November 2, 2018

Read more.
Fuel Up to Play 60

Funding for physical activity and nutrition programs are available to schools that want to jump start healthy changes.
Funding amount: up to $4,000 per year to qualified K-12 Schools

Application Deadline Fall: November 7, 2018

Read more.
Kentucky Farm to School: Producer Engagement Grant (PEG)

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) is accepting applications for the Kentucky Farm to School: Producer Engagement Grant (PEG). The PEG funds may be used to pay for eligible USDA Farm to School Grant Program expenses, including personnel, equipment, supplies, market development activities, and other allowable expenses as determined by the grant administrator.  Funding from the PEG may not be used for purchasing food for the cafeteria line.
Grant Amount : 10 grants of $7,000 each.
Deadline for ApplicationsNovember 15, 2018

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1640 Lyndon Farm Court
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Louisville, KY 40223