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State social services staff gets enhanced training to help families with substance use disorder

Kentucky’s Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) staff began specialized training on Thursday in best practices to address substance use disorder in the families they serve. The training is part of the Kentucky Opioid Response Effort (KORE), the Cabinet for Health and Family Services’ overall effort to combat the opioid crisis. DCBS trainees will learn about stigmas surrounding substance...

Russell County pilot program aims to help support children dealing with adverse childhood experiences

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service A pilot program launching in one rural Kentucky school district this summer aims to help schools better support children dealing with the violence, addiction and other trauma known as Adverse Childhood Experiences. Nearly 27% of Kentucky children have experienced two or more so-called “ACEs” by the time they’re 17, according to a 2018 America’s...

New initiative aims to change the trajectory for children exposed to adverse childhood experiences

By Mary Kuhlman Public News Service Children exposed to traumatizing events can suffer physically and emotionally as they grow. And a special initiative in Kentucky is working to help change the trajectory for these youth. Adverse childhood experiences, also known as “ACEs,” include witnessing violence or domestic abuse, the death of a parent, and poverty. Dr. David Finke is co-chair of...

Foundation’s $3 million program helps seven counties become healthier, independent evaluation says

A five-year, $3 million Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky initiative focused on children’s health is helping change community policies and environments, improve physical activity and nutrition, and strengthen health coalitions in seven Kentucky communities. The grants are also providing useful lessons for place-based grant-makers, according to an independent evaluation released by the Foundation...

Majority of Kentucky adults have experienced abuse linked to physical, mental health issues

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Many health-care providers have started looking at adverse childhood experiences when assessing their patients’ poor health because ACEs have been linked to risky health behaviors, chronic health conditions, low life potential and early death, and because 59 percent of Kentucky adults were exposed to at least one such experience as a child. “There...