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Foundation Lauds Historic FDA Efforts to Reverse Epidemic of Teen Vaping
The  U.S. Food and Drug Administration  t oday ordered five e-cigarette marketers to develop plans within 60 days to prevent teens from using their products. The FDA said it may require companies to revise how they market these products, stop distributing to retailers who sell to kids, and take flavored e-cigarette products off the market. The agency also sent 1,300 warning letters to retailers who illegally sold e-cigarettes to minors.

Foundation Statement: Kentucky's Increasing Obesity Rate Costing Billions, Threatening 1.1 Million Lives
The Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation today released their annual  report on the state of obesity in America . Nationwide, the rates are the highest they've ever been. Kentucky has the 8th highest rate of obesity among the 50 states and the District of Columbia in 2017, with a 34.3 percent adult obesity rate; the state was 7th in 2016, with a rate of 34.2 percent. For high school students, Kentucky ranks 3rd out of 43 states reporting, with a rate of 20.2 percent, up from 18.5 percent in 2015.

Foundation in the News
Kentucky among the most obese states in annual report

Obesity Still A Crisis In Kentucky

Library to host media workshop for nonprofits

Obesity in Kentucky: Adult rate seventh highest in U.S.

Upcoming Foundation Events
Howard L. Bost Memorial Health Policy Forum 

Kentucky, along with other regions in the U.S., suffers from an addiction epidemic. While opioid misuse has assumed the face of addiction, the underlying causes and existing treatment of addiction lay a complex foundation for what has become a crisis in America, and in Kentucky. Addiction is a complex and chronic brain condition that leads to social, economic and health dysfunction. 

The 2018 Bost Forum will explore addiction, focusing first on where we stand as a state and on the national stage, then delving into a more detailed examination of the underlying causes of the epidemic and how we might begin to heal our residents. 

The one-day forum will begin with a panel of experts who will discuss Kentucky's addiction burden and the human and economic toll. A second panel of experts from various national and state agencies will then discuss current and potential solutions to treating addiction, with Q&A from the audience. 

Following these panels, we will offer three discussions narrowing the focus to specific issues raised by Kentucky's addiction epidemic. Conference attendees may select two of the three discussions.

Smoke-free Campaigns: Making Your Community a Better Place to BREATHE

September 27, 2018, 9A M-12PM ET
Northern Kentucky Health Department
8001 Veterans Memorial Dr., Florence, KY

100% smoke-free policies are a vaccine to protect your community from heart and lung diseases and cancer. Is your community ready for a smoke-free law? Discover policy change strategies that work.
Learning objectives:
  • Discuss the population health benefits of 100% smoke-free laws.
  • Apply a tested policy advocacy model to taking action for smoke-free laws.
  • Describe common opportunities and challenges to smoke-free policy advocacy. 
Costs associated with this workshop are fully underwritten by the co-sponsors, Interact for Health and the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky is pleased to co-sponsor this workshop as part of their Health for a Change training series. There is no charge to attend the workshop.

Webinar: Learning How to Measure Your Advocacy Efforts: An Introductory Webinar
October 4, 2018, 1PM-2PM ET

Advocacy evaluation capacity and practice are critical to success. If you are to understand your environment, implement interventions effectively, and make change, it is necessary to collect high quality data. Innovation Network will conduct a free one-hour webinar to provide an introduction to advocacy evaluation. Through this webinar, Innovation will offer an overview of advocacy evaluation, and provide relevant approaches and theories associated with measuring advocacy efforts. This event is presented in partnership with Interact for Health.

Learning objectives:
  • See how evaluation can add value to your work
  • Describe the stages of the evaluation lifecycle
  • Define and demystify advocacy evaluation
  • Learn about approaches and methods to advocacy evaluation
Working with the Media

October 24, 2018, 12:30P M-3PM CT
McCracken County Public Library 
555 Washington Street, Paducah, KY 42003

Join us for this FREE in-person workshop in Paducah, Kentucky. The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky is offering an in-person workshop to help nonprofit organizations work effectively with the media to improve news coverage of their efforts. This FREE workshop has limited seating, so register early! We thank the McCracken County Public Library for hosting this event.

Workshop objectives: 

  • Establish a basic understanding of media messaging
  • Learn key strategies for a media interview
  • Understand the basics of an effective news release
  • Identify pre-interview preparation techniques
Workshop:  Learning How to Measure your Advocacy Efforts: An Interactive Workshop
October 25, 2018, 10:00A M-3PM ET
Northern Kentucky Health Department
8001 Veterans Memorial Drive, Florence, KY 41042

Are you working to make policy change in your city or state? How do you know if your efforts are working? How are you using data to tell your story? In partnership with Interact for Health and Foundation for Healthy Kentucky, Innovation Network ( will conduct a one-hour introductory webinar (Oct 4) and half-day workshop that will offer information and tools necessary for measuring and communicating the process and impact of your advocacy and policy change efforts. The workshop is highly interactive and will provide ample opportunity to apply skills addressed in the workshop directly to your own work.

Learning objectives:
  • Understand the unique elements of measuring advocacy and policy change efforts
  • Apply advocacy strategy frameworks to your work
  • Learn how to approach your strategy and evaluation with the right questions and measures that match your organization's needs and capacity
  • Explore appropriate data collection methods

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Informational Website: Keep Kids E-Cigarette Free

Learn what e-cigarettes are, the risks of e-cigarettes for kids, how e-cigarettes work and more.  

2025 Beverage Calories Initiative: Report on 2017 Progress toward the National Calorie Goal

The beverage industry has committed to the goal of a 20% reduction in calories per person by 2025.  Its yearly progress report for 2017 shows that the beverage industry is not on track to meet that goal. Sales of sugary drinks decreased, but by a mere 2.8 calories per person per day (a 1.4% decrease) from 2014 to 2017.  
Other findings:
  • The decline in soda calories since 2014 is offset (though not exceeded) by the increase in sports drinks, energy drinks, and ready-to-drink teas and coffees.  
  • The decline in sugary drink calories in retail have been mostly offset by increases in calories from fountain drinks and food service.
  • Low- and no-calorie carbonated soft drinks continue to decline, though the rate of decline may have slowed.
  • There has been some growth in purchases of smaller containers; but there also are increases in larger containers.
(see appendix for total volume, share of volume, share of calories, container sizes and other data)

Annie E. Casey Foundation ARC Reflections Training Program

Because foster parents play a critical role in supporting children in foster care, who often have experienced trauma, the Casey Foundation developed ARC Reflections, a nine-session program that child welfare agencies can use to train foster parents to better care for children who have had traumatic experiences.

US Department of Agriculture  PROGRAMS IN THE LOCAL FOOD SUPPLY CHAIN 2-pager

This USDA 2-pager includes all grants, loans and technical assistance opportunities relevant to local food and food systems work.  

Public Health Law Center Webinar Recording: 
What We Can Do To Rein In JUUL: A Policy Discussion

The second in their series of Tobacco Control Legal Consortium/Public Health Law Center webinars on the emergence of JUUL, the e-cigarette product that has become extremely popular among kids and adults alike. In this webinar, legal and policy experts discuss the recent steps that the FDA has taken to regulate JUUL and other e-cigarette products, as well as options for state and local governments to supplement and enhance federal regulation.

New FAQ on Tobacco Treatment Coverage for Health Professionals

State legislation enacted in 2017 effectively reduces barriers to tobacco cessation treatment. Under this law, Kentuckians who have fully-funded health benefit plans, Medicaid, or are receiving services through Managed Care Organizations are entitled to obtain comprehensive tobacco treatment.

The Kentucky Cancer Consortium Lung Cancer Network's new FAQ on Tobacco Treatment Coverage in Kentucky is targeted for health professionals. Please disseminate this new product to all health professionals in your region.

Partnerships for Health Equity and Opportunity: A Healthcare Playbook for Community Developers

This playbook from Public Health Institute's Build Healthy Places Network guides community developers toward partnerships with hospitals and healthcare systems. As stewards for the communities they serve, the community development sector develops and finances the physical spaces, infrastructure, and essential services needed to live a healthy and productive life and can serve as an action arm for advancing population health and health equity.

Tips for Teachers: Promoting Healthy Eating & Physical Activity in the Classroom

This document produced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) includes 11 ways to promote healthy eating and physical activity in a school classroom.  

Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Scorecard

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has launched a new website called the Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Scorecard. The stated purpose of the website is to "increase public transparency about the programs' administration and outcomes. The Scorecard includes measures voluntarily reported by states, as well as federally reported measures in three areas:
  • State Health System Performance
  • State Administrative Accountability
  • Federal Administrative Accountability
The site includes data that allows comparisons on how state Medicaid programs are performing on various health measures, such as immunization rates, the rate of children receiving regular check-ups, the rate of beneficiaries diagnosed with substance-abuse problems receiving treatment, as well as about how long it takes CMS to review states' waiver requests, state plan amendments and the rates paid to Medicaid managed-care plans.

Helping Children and Youth Who Have Traumatic Experiences Report

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has released a new report: Helping Children and Youth Who Have Traumatic Experiences. The report addresses the issue of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and shows how children and youth who have experienced traumatic events are at risk of developing serious emotional disturbances or serious mental illness, along with other health problems.  The report also highlights how children who experience trauma and receive treatment through systems of care show significant improvements in their behavioral and emotional health. This framework enhances care coordination across multiple systems that work with children's services.

Has JUUL Labs reached out to schools in your community about a pilot youth prevention/education program?

If so, please let know! Tobacco companies have a long history of promoting school programs that are ineffective or actually encourage smoking. 

Upcoming Events
2018 Healthcare Transformation Survival Seminar
September 14, 2018,  9AM-3PM ET
Louisville, KY 

Take an in-depth look at the Medicare Access and CHIP Re-authorization Act (MACRA) legislation and the Quality Payment Program! This event will explore MACRA Year 2, the Care Transitions Quality Measure, Cost Category of MIPS, Considerations for Moving to Advanced Payment Models, Practice Transformation and Quality Improvement, 2018 Meaningful Use Changes and Hard to Hit Measures, and 2017 Security Breaches.  Please note: this is a completely different agenda than last year and updated information will be provided. Continuing Medical Education (CME) Credit will be offered for MDs.  

Lung Cancer & Smoking Cessation Symposium
September 14, 2018,  9AM-3PM ET
Morehead, KY 

The third annual symposium, presented by the University of Kentucky and the Northeast AHEC, will cover a wide range of topics, including: 
  • A History of Smoking and Lung Cancer in Kentucky
  • Exploring Solutions to Programmatic Barriers in Smoking Cessation
  • The Tobacco Prevention Landscape
  • Menifee County Tobacco Efforts
  • Kentucky Tobacco Policy Updates

Key note speaker Brenna Van Frank, Senior Medical Officer in the Office on Smoking and Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will present a three bucket approach to tobacco prevention. Ben Chandler, President and CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, will present Tobacco Policy Updates in Kentucky.  

Webinar: Closing the Gap between Urban and Rural HPV Vaccination Rates
September 18, 2018, 12:00P M-1PM ET

The Rural Health Information Hub will hold a webinar to discuss the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recent report showing that rural teens are less likely than their urban peers to know about the human papilloma virus or meningococcal conjugate vaccines or receive them. HPV is the known cause of several genital, anal, and throat cancers. Featured speakers will be:
  • Tanja Walker, an epidemiologist at the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases
  • Electra D. Paskett, a cancer-research professor at Ohio State University
  • Robin C. Vanderpool, an associate professor in the Department of Health, Behavior & Society in the University of Kentucky College of Public Health
Trust for America's Health Webinar: Taking Action to Promote Health Equity-Lessons from The California Endowment's Building Healthy Communities Project
September 18, 2018, 1:30P M-3PM ET

The promotion of health equity is central to Trust for America's Health's (TFAH) work to support optimal health for every person and community. 

As a part of this effort, TFAH is launching a four-part Web Forum series called Taking Action to Promote Health Equity-Using the Lessons from Cutting-Edge Practices to Improve Health and Well Being. Their goal is to shine a bright light on some of the most compelling and replicable activities that help advance health equity. Program speakers will share their lessons learned through practice and experiences that are transferable to diverse community settings-large or small, urban or rural-and with substantial or minimal resources. And while a few of the examples may be familiar, the Web Forum series will feature excellent work that has not received much national attention. 

The first Web Forum of the series will analyze the impact of The California Endowment's unprecedented Building Healthy Communities initiative. This $1 billion, multi-year effort in 14 communities across California has shown what can be achieved with long-term, community-led, place-based campaigns. The panelists will provide a broad overview of the initiative, highlight two community examples, and equip audience members with strategies and tools they can use to advance health equity in their work and communities.

Pre-Conference Workshop: Health Insurance Literacy Training (2018 Annual KY Association of Community Health Workers Conference)
September 26, 2018,  1PM-5PM ET
Louisville, KY 

Join Kentucky Voices for Health for a half-day workshop to learn more about healthcare system and policy changes and how they impact you and members of your community. 
Topics include: 
  • Overview of U.S. health care system and health reform policies
  • Kentucky's Medicaid waiver (KY HEALTH)
  • Promoting health insurance literacy
  • Assisting consumers with navigating the health care system

Tools and resources to help you better assist your clients' access health care and maintain healthy lifestyles will also be shared. This will be an interactive workshop where we will also provide opportunities for you to share your valuable stories and experiences in supporting the health and well being of Kentuckians.

2018 3rd Annual KY Association of Community Health Workers Conference
September 27, 2018,  8AM-4:30PM ET
Louisville, KY 

Learn about how Community Health Workers are vital to the movement for a healthy KY. Areas of interest this year are: healthcare coverage and access, stress toxicity and reduction, and implicit bias. Refreshing information that you won't want to miss! Agenda coming soon!

Children's Environmental Health Summit
October 11, 2018,  8:30AM-4PM ET
Georgetown, KY 

The Kentucky Department for Public Health in collaboration with the Kentucky Population Health Institute, WEDCO District Health Department, and the University of Cincinnati Medical Center Department of Environmental Health is hosting the Third Annual Children's Environmental Health Summit on Thursday, October 11, 2018 (National Children's Environmental Health Day). 

The target audience includes: decision/policy makers, administrators, teachers, childcare personnel, pediatricians, nurses, academia, environmental educators and providers, community health workers, and state and local public health staff who help assure a safe school, home, play, preschool and community environment for children.

Topics that will be covered include adverse childhood events, JUUL and other POD systems, lead, child safety, preparedness, nutrition, prenatal exposure, asthma, rural health, healthy homes, built environment, green and healthy schools and childcare centers, community engagement, health equity, and more!

Kentucky Nonprofit Leadership Forum
October 17-18, 2018,  8AM-4:30PM ET
Lexington, KY 

The Kentucky Nonprofit Leadership Forum is your source for the latest nonprofit management best practices, guidance and networking. The only statewide gathering of nonprofit leaders provides you with an opportunity to gain the skills and information you need to effectively lead your organization and serve your community. The forum will include informative speakers, interactive sessions, networking opportunities and awards celebrating the nonprofit sector and its leaders.  

Kentucky Voices for Health Annual Meeting: Breaking Down Barriers to Health Equity for Kentuckians
October 19, 2018,  9AM-5PM ET
Lexington, KY 

This meeting brings together health advocates, healthcare providers, faith leaders, researchers, insurers, and policymakers from across the Commonwealth to discuss the ripple effects of barriers to care, which extend far beyond our health to impact our economy and our democracy. Speakers will discuss the disparate ways barriers to care impact the lives of Kentuckians and present opportunities for creating a healthcare system that promotes health equity, economic prosperity, and civic engagement for all.

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.

Funding Opportunities
Interact for Health: Evidence-Based Tobacco Policy Change RFP

Interact for Health seeks proposals to increase the number of people in their 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

Application Deadline: September 18, 2018
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Special Solicitation on Beverage Consumption in Early Childhood

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Healthy Eating Research program has released a Special Solicitation on Beverage Consumption in Early Childhood. The call for proposals focuses exclusively on research that informs the development of policy and environmental strategies that:
1. decrease consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) and/or
2. increase access to and consumption of safe water
among 0- to 5-year-olds in the United States, with a priority on lower-income and racial and ethnic minority populations that are at-risk of poor nutrition and obesity.
There are two phases for the application: 1) A Concept Paper and 2) Full Proposal (for invited applicants only)

Grant Amount: Up to $300,000 for each grant award for up to 24 months

Concept Paper Deadline: October 3, 2018

Read more.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Systems for Action: Systems and Services Research for a Culture of Health Funding

Systems for Action (S4A) is a signature research program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) that builds a Culture of Health by rigorously testing new ways of connecting the nation's fragmented medical, social, and public health systems. Studies conducted through the S4A program test innovative mechanisms for aligning the delivery and financing systems for medical, social, and public health services, with a focus on estimating their impact on health and health equity. S4A uses a wide research lens that includes and extends beyond medical care and public health to incorporate social service systems-such as housing; transportation; education; employment; food and nutrition assistance; child and family support; criminal and juvenile justice; and economic and community development. 

Award Amount: Up to 6 awards of $250,000 over a 24 months period 

Application Deadline: October 10, 2018

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Whole Kids Foundation Gardens Grant Programs

The Whole Kids Foundation in partnership with FoodCorps has opened applications for their Gardens Grant Program to support a new or existing edible garden at a:
*K-12 school
*501(c)(3) Non-profit working in partnership with a K-12 school
*501(c)(3) non-profit organization

Grant Amount: $2,000
Application Deadline: October 15, 2018

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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

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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

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