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Half of vaccine-hesitant Ky. adults open to changing mind on COVID-19 vaccine with more information

(Click for larger image) Half of Kentucky adults who are reluctant to take the COVID-19 vaccine are open to changing their minds if they had more information. That’s according to a Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky Poll on Vaccines in Kentucky. Overall, 71 percent of Kentuckians had already received or intended to get the vaccine at the time of the poll. “We’ve really got a shot at achieving...

Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky names new members to its Community Advisory Council

The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky has named five new members to its Community Advisory Council. Advisory Council members provide the Foundation’s Board of Directors with advice and recommendations regarding overall policy direction and adherence to Foundation’s mission. Members of the Council are residents of Kentucky who are committed to addressing the unmet health needs of Kentuckians....

‘I Got The Shot’ public service campaign to address vaccine concerns raised by Black Kentuckians

Black Kentuckians who are hesitant about getting a Covid-19 vaccine often have the same questions as their white counterparts. But many have additional concerns that may emanate from their experiences with racism in the health care system and America’s history of unethical medical experiments on Black populations. I Got The Shot to Protect the Ones I Love is the theme of a new public service...

Survey: Students say pandemic has increased students’ use of ‘vapes’ and other tobacco products

More than a third of Kentucky middle and high schoolers responding to a recent survey say the pandemic has increased students using e-cigarettes, or “vapes,” and other tobacco products. And more than 14 percent said they believe e-cigarettes are safer for them to smoke than traditional cigarettes, according to the survey, conducted by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and Kentucky Youth...

KY has 8th highest diabetes rate in nation; join virtual Diabetes Day at Capitol on Feb. 24

To promote several bills to reduce the out-of-pocket insulin and other costs for Kentuckians with diabetes join the virtual Diabetes Day at the Capitol in Frankfort on February 24. The Kentucky Diabetes Network, Inc. and the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky will host this virtual event, featuring speakers who will share details about the HB95, SB70, and HR14, among others. The event will start at...

As effects of pandemic continue to stall economy, region’s economists weigh in on Biden recovery plan

President Joe Biden presents his economic recovery platform. (Photo by Adam Schultz, via Ohio Valley ReSource) By Alana Watson Ohio Valley Resource The COVID-19 pandemic is continuing to cripple the economy in the Ohio Valley and President Joe Biden and Congressional Democrats are pursuing his plan for economic recovery. Biden’s economic priorities include raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour,...

Kentucky teens say pandemic has led to increased vaping and other tobacco use among peers

More than a third of Kentucky middle and high schoolers responding to a recent survey say the pandemic has increased students using e-cigarettes, or “vapes,” and other tobacco products. And more than 14 percent said they believe e-cigarettes are safer for them to smoke than traditional cigarettes, according to the survey, which was announced today by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky...

FHK webinar says talk to kids early about vaping; addresses roles of music, social determinants

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News The final webinar about reducing disease and unhealthy behaviors in Kentucky’s children focuses on vaping and substance use and offers policies and practical guidance for how to address these issues. The webinar, “Stopping Vaping and Substance Use,” is part of a monthly series that is served as the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky’s...

Vivian Lasley-Bibbs elected chair of Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky’s Board of Directors

Vivian Lasley-Bibbs, director of the Kentucky Department for Public Health Office of Health Equity (OHE), has been elected 2021 chair of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky’s Board of Directors. Vivian Lasley-Bibbs Lasley-Bibbs has more than 25 years of public health experience. At OHE, she works to increase awareness of health disparities, enhance patient-provider communication, improve cultural...

AppalReD founder John Rosenberg joins Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky board of directors

AppalReD founder John Rosenberg, a retired poverty law attorney and Holocaust survivor who has dedicated his career to serving Appalachian communities, is the newest member of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky board of directors. Rosenberg, 89, of Prestonsburg, will serve a three-year, renewable term. He currently is a member of the Foundation’s Community Advisory Council, which serves as a community...

Ben Chandler: State’s poor health rankings are caution flag; don’t let virus keep you from doctor

A new state-by-state comparison of the nation’s health ranks Kentucky near the bottom in a variety of significant categories. Though the 2020 America’s Health Rankings Annual Report from the United Health Foundation may underscore Kentucky’s longstanding position as a state with serious health challenges, this year’s rankings also provide a great service by raising a caution flag related to...

Webinar on ‘Stopping Vaping and Substance Use’ free on Jan. 11; how to prevent youth risky behavior

Substance use among youth is a persistent problem in Kentucky according to the 2019 Youth Risk Behavior Survey. Self-reported vaping during the high school years – when the overwhelming majority of adult tobacco users got started – is at a rate of one in four in Kentucky, and that rate was rising dramatically through 2019. High school alcohol use, while declining for more than two decades,...

Wastewater testing project in Mayfield offers early warning of COVID-19 outbreaks to prevent spread

A wastewater testing project in Mayfield is helping pinpoint community outbreaks of COVID-19 before area residents even experience symptoms, and thus could allow for more narrowly targeted measures to prevent further spread of the disease. The project, a partnership between Graves County Health Department, Mayfield Electric and Water Systems, Murray State University and the University of Louisville...

Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky names six new members to Community Advisory Council

The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky has named six new members to its Community Advisory Council. The members serve three-year renewable terms as advisers to the Foundation Board of Directors and liaisons from their respective communities. The newly appointed members are: Carol Darwin Carol Darwin, MSN, APRN, of Louisville, is a dual board-certified nurse practitioner in both adult-gerontology acute...

Kentucky Equal Justice Center’s Rich Seckel wins 2020 Gil Friedell Memorial Health Policy Award

The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky has named Rich Seckel, director of the Kentucky Equal Justice Center (KEJC), the recipient of its 2020 Gil Friedell Memorial Health Policy Award. Seckel was chosen for his leadership to prevent more than 100,000 Kentuckians living on low incomes from losing their health insurance, which became especially critical this year during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Advocacy...

University of Louisville study indicates COVID-19 cases in Jefferson County are higher than reported

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today An ongoing study at the University of Louisville indicates the number of COVID-19 cases in Jefferson County has increased exponentially in the past two months, according to results released this week. Researchers with the Co-Immunity Project at UofL’s Christina Lee Brown Envirome Institute say virus infections in Metro Louisville likely are far higher than the already...

Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky’s new Coalition for Healthy Children issues call for new members

The Kentucky Coalition for Healthy Children, created to advocate for school-based policies and programs to improve the health of the state’s children and their families, has launched a membership drive. There is no cost for organizations to join the coalition, which works collaboratively on policies and programs in the school setting – just a commitment to support its vision. “Ensuring...

Foundation for a Healthy Ky. webinar to feature solutions to promoting nutrition, physical activity

The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky will host a free webinar on Friday, November 13, to share a creative solution developed by the community of Whitesburg to promote good nutrition and physical activity, while also supporting their local agriculture community. The webinar is part of the Foundation’s Health for a Change capacity-building training series, created to support nonprofit leaders...

Commentary: Raise Your Guard, Kentucky! Time to return to your preventive medical care


By Dale Toney, M.D., Jeff Reynolds, M.D., and Ben Chandler   In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, Kentuckians flattened the curve by staying home as much as possible. While that action was necessary and saved lives, it also led to a large number of people putting off important medical care. Now that it can be done safely, it’s time we all return to the preventive medical care that will...

Kentucky’s childhood immunization rates have plummeted during the coronavirus pandemic

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service There’s been a sharp decline in vaccination rates among Kentucky children since the onset of the coronavirus. And health experts say they are concerned about the confluence of COVID-19, flu season and the potential for other infectious-disease outbreaks. The state’s Department of Medicaid Services reports among Medicaid recipients, from March through...