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Health advocates offer tips for getting reluctant local governments to approve syringe exchange programs

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Kentucky leads the nation in syringe exchanges for drug users, as a way to prevent the spread of disease, but local officials in some counties at risk of disease outbreaks from intravenous drug use have resisted pleas from experts to allow exchanges. At a public-health panel discussion at the University of Kentucky, advocates of the exchanges shared some advice...

Commentary: Coalition of Kentucky organizations oppose food assistance cuts in Farm Bill

One in seven Kentuckians has food on their table in part thanks to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The program lifts 164,000 Kentuckians, including 73,000 children, out of poverty. It sends nearly $1 billion a year to grocery stores and our state economy, and injects even more into our local communities during hard times when they most need it. For decades, SNAP has been a program...

Ky Nonprofit Network honors member organizations, legislators and officials with advocacy awards

Kentucky Nonprofit Network, the state association of nonprofit organizations, presented three member organizations, five legislators and eight officials with awards as part of its 13th annual Kentucky Nonprofit Day at the Capitol in Frankfort on February 1. The annual event provides nonprofit organizations statewide with the opportunity to meet legislators and support Kentucky Nonprofit Network’s...

Forum examines Kentucky’s health care system and how it is ‘Doing Care Differently’

By Molly Burchett and Al Cross Kentucky Health News   What does health care reform mean to Kentucky? What impact has Medicaid expansion had? Can we work together to do care differently in Kentucky? Answers to these questions and more were offered by national, regional and local health care experts in Louisville at the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky’s annual Howard L. Bost Health Policy...