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Commentary: Improve access, strengthen ties to health care with school-based health centers

By O’dell Moreno Owens, Tony Cox and Sally Jordan Health and education go hand in hand. If children are bothered by tooth decay, poor vision or untreated asthma, they won’t be able to reach their full potential in the classroom. Tony Cox One way to strengthen the ties between education and health is through school-based health centers. As the name implies, school-based health centers are health...

Surveys examine family/friend drug use, addiction as a disease, access to substance use treatment

Communities throughout Kentucky and Ohio have mobilized to address substance use, enacting a variety of strategies to reduce opioid overdoses and connect people to treatment. To better measure the impact of this work and to understand attitudes around addiction and treatment, the 2019 Ohio Health Issues Poll and 2019 Kentucky Health Issues Poll asked several questions about substance use. KHIP and...

Kentucky Health Issues Poll finds majority of adults in Commonwealth favor tax on e-cigarettes

Tobacco remains the single most preventable cause of disease and death among Kentuckians. However, the nature of tobacco use is changing, particularly with the rise of e-cigarettes. Commonly known as vapes, vape pens or hookahs, e-cigarettes use a battery and a heating element to deliver nicotine vapor to the user. To better understand the attitudes and opinions of Kentucky adults about e-cigarettes,...