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Ray Daniels: New legislation will help clean up Kentucky’s outdated criminal justice laws

For many years, criminal justice advocates have been pleading with the General Assembly to take stock of outdated laws and make sure they meet the needs of Kentuckians today. Many of these conversations have rightfully focused on how the criminal justice system approaches individuals in the strongholds of addiction. From these conversations, we have become more aware of the underlying factors that...

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...

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...

Vaping and mental health are key concerns for Kentucky students in latest risk behavior survey

From Kentucky Teacher Based on the 2019 Kentucky Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) results, middle and high school students in the state are using electronic vaping products much more than they were in 2017. The percentage of middle school students who ever used an electronic vapor product increased from 15.1% in 2017 to 31.4% in 2019. A significant increase also occurred among high school students...

Improvement of children’s health takes center stage for new school health coalition in Kentucky

A new, statewide coalition that will work collectively to improve children’s health in the school setting has been established by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, in partnership with Kentucky Voices for Health and Cairn Guidance. The Coalition will work to promote policies, programs and practices that are shown to make measurable differences in children’s health — perhaps in such areas...

Youths using e-cigarettes more likely to try marijuana; connection increased with refillable e-cig pods

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Young people who use electronic cigarettes are more likely to use marijuana, and the odds are even greater for those who start using e-cigarettes early, according to newly published research. The analysis of 21 separate studies, published in JAMA Pediatrics, found that the odds of marijuana use were 3½ times higher among youth who used electronic cigarettes,...

Film project to help Kentucky high school students raise awareness, cope with emotional distress

A new project is underway to help Kentucky high school students learn more about prevention and healthy coping strategies to deal with bullying, substance use, and teen suicide through a creative partnership with the Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental, and Intellectual Disabilities (BHDID), the state’s Regional Prevention Centers, HoriZen Media, and The Rising Center. Filming for an...

University of Kentucky, Department for Public Health collaboration aims to eliminate new HIV infections

A collaborative program aimed at preventing new HIV infections in Kentucky, as well as expanding education and care for persons living with HIV, is being launched in Northern Kentucky and throughout the Commonwealth. In 2018, there were 352 new HIV cases diagnosed in Kentucky with 46 of the cases in the Northern Kentucky Area Development District (ADD), where the rate of infection has doubled since...