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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...

SD1, UofL and Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky partner on groundbreaking COVID-19 tracking

Sanitation District No. 1 of Northern Kentucky (SD1) has been working quietly with researchers at the University of Louisville’s Christina Lee Brown Envirome Institute for several months on a wastewater testing program to track the spread of the novel coronavirus in Northern Kentucky through the Institute’s Co-Immunity Project. This week, SD1 announced the addition of a new funding partner...

New campaign designed to counter sharp decline in vaccination rate launched across Kentucky

A new campaign designed to counter the sharp decline in vaccination rates among Kentucky children launched Thursday across the state. Raise Your Guard, KY urges Kentuckians to contact their physicians to get themselves and their families back on track with scheduled immunizations to prevent dozens of life-threatening diseases and illnesses. The month-long, multimedia campaign also reminds residents...

Ky. health organizations launch ‘Wear It For Me’ campaign to raise awarenes of importance of masks

A Louisville man who just learned he has brain cancer. A Jessamine County teacher. A Glasgow family physician. A restaurant owner and a firefighter with a young child. All are wearing masks to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, and asking Kentuckians to do the same in a new campaign launched this week by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, the Kentucky Medical Association (KMA), and the Kentucky...

Annual health policy forum to focus on preventing youth substance abuse, suicide and risky behaviors

The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky’s 20th annual Howard L. Bost Memorial Health Policy Forum will highlight policies and programs that reduce the chances of disease and unhealthy behaviors that often begin in childhood, including substance use, suicide and vaping. The forum, which typically draws 350 policymakers, health advocates and health care providers, will become a monthly webinar series...

Need More Acres Farm owners grow fresh, healthy food, tout food justice; eat more fruits, vegetables

By Maridith Yahl Special to KyForward Kentucky farmer Michelle Howell is passionate about providing fresh food to all, no matter their income. Recently, on a webinar hosted by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, Howell discussed how her farm, Need More Acres Farm in Scottsville, which she owns and operates with her husband Nathan, provides food justice. Michelle Howell (Photos provided) Howell’s...

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

Five individuals from around Kentucky will serve as liaisons to the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky in their communities, following their appointments to the Foundation’s Community Advisory Council. Council members serve three-year renewable terms. The newly appointed members are: Rufus Friday Rufus M. Friday Rufus Friday is special assistant to the president of Kentucky’s Community and...

Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky names Maysville native Allison Adams to senior policy post

Longtime Maysville area public health official Allison Adams will join the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky as vice president for public policy on June 15. Adams has directed the Buffalo Trace District Health Department since 2008 and presided over the Kentucky Health Directors Association for the past four years. She began her public health career in 2000 as a health educator at the district department,...