Foundation News

Looking for a ready-made presentation about the dangers of youth e-cigarette use, or "vaping," to share with students, youth, school staff, and parents or guardians? The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, in coordination with Baptist Health Paducah, the Kentucky Department for Public Health and Kentucky Youth Advocates, has created two free presentations for use by schools, youth groups, civic organizations and other groups. Representatives from several of these organizations will talk through the presentation slides and answer questions during a one-hour webinar on the afternoon of October 14.


The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky's free training program for nonprofit organizations has added an Oct. 8 webinar on evaluating programs and services. This Health for a Change webinar will feature three Kentucky-based evaluation experts:
  • Melissa Abadi, PhD, a research scientist with PIRE-Louisville Center working on several projects related to tobacco and alcohol use.
  • Christopher E. Johnson, PhD, of the University of Louisville and the Foundation's Endowed Chair for Urban Health Policy, who is best know for work that seeks to understand how health care organizations impact health care outcomes for veterans, underserved populations and the elderly.
  • Stephen Lin, PhD, a research and evaluation specialist with Jefferson County Public Schools who formerly served as policy director of Kentucky Youth Advocates.

Sheila Schuster, PhD, was named the inaugural winner of the Gil Friedell Health Policy Award this morning, in recognition of her more than four decades of leadership to improve services for persons living with mental illness or other disabilities and to increase access to health care across Kentucky. The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky will give a $5,000 cash grant to Mental Health America of Kentucky in her honor.

Foundation in the News
Vaping-related lung illnesses rise in Kentucky while leaders debate potential policies

'Vaping is not safe': Louisville officials warn youth to quit e-cigarettes amid epidemic

Mayor Greg Fischer, JCPS to address outbreak of vaping-related illnesses
Foundation Events
Health for a Change Webinar
Evaluation Essentials: Reports from Kentucky Evaluators
October 8, 2019
1:00-2:00 PM ET

Join us on this free webinar to discuss the importance of evaluations and what we can learn from well-designed and executed evaluation work.

Evaluation is a key component in any good quality improvement strategy. Results from a good evaluation can build organization knowledge and will lead to informed decision making. Evaluations can also assess the feasibility and success of training programs, including the identification of barriers and gaps in curriculum and training implementation as they relate to key outcomes. Evaluations can also identify short-term effects of programs and services.

Kentucky-based evaluation experts will share their work exploring these ideas and more. We welcome your questions about evaluations. Please enter them via the registration page.

Webinar objectives:
  • Understand three evaluation approaches.
  • Learn about common uses of evaluation.
  • Learn about three Kentucky-based evaluations.

Click here to register.

Health for a Change Webinar
Presentations for Youth and Adults on the Dangers of Youth E-Cigarette Use
October 14, 2019
4:00-5:00 PM ET

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has made clear that the use of e-cigarettes is unsafe for kids, teens, young adults, and pregnant women. The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky has created two presentations - one for adults and one for youth - that introduce audiences to the risks of youth e-cigarette use, what to watch for and how these products and marketed.

Target Audience: School health personnel, guidance counselors, teachers and principals; parents and guardians; health departments; health care providers; youth organization leaders (coaches, after-school care providers, etc.).

This webinar is sponsored by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky in partnership with Baptist Health, the Kentucky Department for Public Health and Kentucky Youth Advocates. The Kentucky School Boards Association also is making the presentations available to its members.

Learning Objectives:
  • Understand the risks of e-cigarettes use for kids, teens and young adults.
  • Become familiar with the content of these free presentations for use with youth and adult audiences.
  • Understand how to use the free presentations with youth and adult audiences.
  • Learn about tobacco cessation resources available in Kentucky for both youth and adults.
2019 Data Forum
November 15, 2019
Erlanger, KY
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
Children's Environmental Health Summit 2019
October 10, 2019
Somerset, KY

The Kentucky Department for Public Health in collaboration with the Kentucky Population Health Institute, is hosting the Fourth Annual Children's Environmental Health Summit on Thursday, October 10, 2019 (National Children's Environmental Health Day). 

Kentucky Voices for Health Annual Meeting
October 11, 2019
Lexington, KY

This meeting will bring together health advocates, healthcare providers, insurers and policymakers from across the Commonwealth to identify opportunities for collaboration to improve access to affordable healthcare, strengthen Kentucky's social safety-net, prepare for the 2020 General Assembly, and partner to ensure a complete count during the 2020 Census.

Mental Health in the Media
Mental Health America of Kentucky Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon
October 18, 2019
Lexington, KY
Covering Substance Abuse and Recovery, a workshop for journalists
October 15, 2019
Ashland, KY

Covering Substance Abuse and Recovery: A Workshop for Journalists is designed to help rural journalists cover a difficult subject, but one that needs covering to help their communities deal with it. It will be held by the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues and Oak Ridge Associated Universities in Ashland, Kentucky, on Friday, Nov. 15.

Funding Opportunities
Evidence-Based Tobacco Policy Change Grant

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation seeks to support and engage black community members, persons of lower socioeconomic status, and rural residents in the South and Midwest in order to increase their ability to advocate for stronger, locally or regionally driven tobacco-control and prevention policies and practices. 
To support Interact for Health's strategic priority of reducing tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke among low-income adults and youth in Greater Cincinnati, we are seeking grant applications from our 20-county service area to increase the number of people in our region covered by evidence-based tobacco policies. This funding is intended to support evidence-based tobacco policy change efforts at the community level through developing tobacco control coalitions, strengthening existing tobacco control coalitions, community education, building advocacy capacity to work on policy change, and best-practice policy implementation and enforcement strategies. Interact has prioritized the following evidence-based tobacco policies for this RFP:
  • Increasing the minimum legal age of sale for tobacco products
  • Creating smoke-free workplaces

Grant amount: up to $100,000

Applications due: October 8, 2019

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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