Promoting Responsive Health Policy (PRHP)

An initiative aimed at making public policy more responsive to the health and health care needs of the people of Kentucky, with a focus on four (4) policy priorities:

  • Increasing access to care
  • Strengthening local public health
  • Improving children’s health
  • Increasing the proportion of Kentuckians living in smoke-free jurisdictions

To advance these priorities, the Foundation makes grants, invests in research and data efforts, convenes stakeholder groups in forums and meetings so they can share information and work together, and supports relationship- and capacity-building activities. Key activities include:


The Foundation has made multi-year funding commitments to support effective advocacy organizations working on specific policies that impact the health of Kentuckians. Grantees include: Kentucky Equal Justice Center, Kentucky Voices for Health, and Kentucky Youth Advocates.

The Foundation supports KET’s health-policy related programming, the Institute for Rural Journalism in increased reporting on health issues impacting rural communities, Louisville Public Media to help fund a health reporter and a data journalist, whose stories air on radio stations across Kentucky, and Public News Service - Kentucky News Connection, to amplify the Foundation's message.

Data AND Research

The Foundation funds research studies to inform the Kentucky health policy decision making process. Past efforts include a study of Kentucky’s transition to Medicaid Managed Care, and the impact of the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid expansion on several aspects of Kentuckians’ health.

The Foundation funds an analysis of the Kentucky Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance (KyBRFS) results, which provides county-level data on health status for each of Kentucky’s 120 counties. This analysis is made available at

The Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP), sponsored annually by Interact for Health and the Foundation, is a 1,500-household phone survey, polling Kentuckians for their views on key health policy issues likely to come before the legislature or local policymaking bodies. Read more here.

Forums and Meetings

The Foundation convenes the Howard L. Bost Memorial Health Policy Forum annually in memory of Dr. Howard L. Bost, notable health economist and founding member of the Foundation’s Board of Directors. The aim of the forum is to raise awareness of the health issues impacting Kentuckians and highlight model strategies and policy opportunities to improve Kentucky’s health.

Every two years, the Foundation and Interact for Health sponsor the Data! Forum: Fostering Health Innovation in Kentucky and Ohio to showcase novel and effective uses of health data in the Kentucky-Ohio region, and to highlight national and regional innovation and open data efforts.

Relationship and Capacity Building

Health for a Change is a series of training and technical assistance workshops and webinars to build the capacity of communities working together to address health needs. Sessions focus on best practices for everything from governance issues to communications to mobilizing staff and volunteers.

The Kentucky Health Coalition Directory is a compilation of community-based groups throughout the state working to improve the health of their local communities. The directory fosters networking among communities and provides a resource for individuals and organizations looking to get involved in local community health efforts.