Access to health care
The Foundation seeks to ensure that all Kentuckians have access to safe, affordable, quality health care. Our current work in this area is devoted largely to ensuring that Kentucky’s Medicaid-eligible population maintains access to health coverage under the Kentucky HEALTH Medicaid 1115 Waiver program.
We also work to increase the availability of information about quality, evidence-based substance use treatment, prevention and recovery services in Kentucky.
Recognizing the need to increase the number of Kentucky communities that support a healthier workforce, the Foundation also advocates for incorporating health criteria into policies and programs at both the state and local levels.
Our work under this initiative is aimed at improving the health of Kentucky by reducing the use of tobacco products, including cigarettes, smokeless tobacco products and e-cigarettes. We are also focused on preventing tobacco use by youth and reducing Kentuckians’ exposure to secondhand smoke. Foundation CEO Ben Chandler is chair of the Coalition for a Smoke-Free Tomorrow, a diverse group of stakeholder groups from around the Commonwealth and across a broad spectrum of professions that have formed a statewide organization to speak to policymakers with a single voice on tobacco-control issues.
Diabetes and obesity prevention
Long term, the Foundation’s goal under this initiative is to reduce the proportion of adults, adolescents and children in Kentucky who are obese. Among the strategies for achieving this are increasing opportunities for physical activity, ensuring that healthy food and beverages are available to all, supporting diabetes prevention initiatives. In addition, we can increase media campaigns that promote healthier living.
Adverse Childhood experiences
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) include abuse, neglect, and family or household changes that create toxic stress during childhood. ACEs have been shown to lead to wide range of chronic diseases and conditions later on in life. The Foundation works to increase community engagement to prevent ACEs, and to reduce the long-term impact of ACEs by supporting resilience and protective factors at the state and local levels, especially in schools.
Past Foundation Initiatives
The Foundation’s 2013-2018 strategic plan included two initiatives: Investing in Kentucky’s Future and Promoting Responsive Health Policy. Learn more about the Foundation’s work under these initiatives here: