Howard L. Bost Memorial Health Policy Forum
Kentucky's Substance Use Epidemic: A Solutions Update
September 24, 2018, 9AM-4:30PM ET
Marriott Griffin Gate Resort and Spa
Lexington, KY

Kentucky, along with other regions in the U.S., suffers from an addiction epidemic. While opioid misuse has assumed the face of addiction, the underlying causes and existing treatment of addiction lay a complex foundation for what has become a crisis in America, and in Kentucky. Addiction is a complex and chronic brain condition that leads to social, economic and health dysfunction.

The 2018 Bost Forum will explore addiction, focusing first on where we stand as a state and on the national stage, then delving into a more detailed examination of the underlying causes of the epidemic and how we might begin to heal our residents.

The one-day forum will begin with a panel of experts who will discuss Kentucky's addiction burden and the human and economic toll. A second panel of experts from various national and state agencies will then discuss current and potential solutions to treating addiction, with Q&A from the audience.

Following these panels, we will offer three discussions narrowing the focus to specific issues raised by Kentucky's addiction epidemic. Conference attendees may select two of the three discussions.

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Workshop: Smoke-free Campaigns: Making Your Community a Better Place to BREATHE
Thursday, September 27, 2018
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM ET
Northern Kentucky Health Department
8001 Veterans Memorial Drive, Florence, KY 41042
100% smoke-free policies are a vaccine to protect your community from heart and lung diseases and cancer. Is your community ready for a smoke-free law? Discover policy change strategies that work.

Learning objectives:
  • Discuss the population health benefits of 100% smoke-free laws.
  • Apply a tested policy advocacy model to taking action for smoke-free laws.
  • Describe common opportunities and challenges to smoke-free policy advocacy.

Costs associated with this workshop are fully underwritten by the co-sponsors, Interact for Health and the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky is please to co-sponsor this workshop as part of their Health for a Change training series. There is no charge to attend the workshop.

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Webinar: Learning How to Measure Your Advocacy Efforts: An Introductory Webinar 
Thursday, October 4, 2018
1:00 PM-2:00 PM ET
Advocacy evaluation capacity and practice are critical to success. If you are to understand your environment, implement interventions effectively, and make change, it is necessary to collect high quality data. Innovation Network will conduct a free one-hour webinar to provide an introduction to advocacy evaluation. Through this webinar, Innovation will offer an overview of advocacy evaluation, and provide relevant approaches and theories associated with measuring advocacy efforts. This event is presented in partnership with Interact for Health.

Learning objectives:
• See how evaluation can add value to your work
• Describe the stages of the evaluation lifecycle
• Define and demystify advocacy evaluation
• Learn about approaches and methods to advocacy evaluation
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Workshop: Working with the Media
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
12:30 PM - 3:00 PM CT

McCracken County Public Library 
555 Washington Street, Paducah, KY 42003
Join us for this FREE in-person workshop in Paducah, Kentucky. The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky is offering an in-person workshop to help nonprofit organizations work effectively with the media to improve news coverage of their efforts. This FREE workshop has limited seating, so register early! We thank the McCracken County Public Library for hosting this event.

 Workshop Objectives:
  • Establish a basic understanding of media messaging
  • Identify pre-interview preparation techniques
  • Learn key strategies for a media interview
  • Understand the basics of an effective news release
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Workshop: Learning How to Measure your Advocacy Efforts: An Interactive Workshop
Thursday, October 25, 2018
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM ET

Northern Kentucky Health Department
8001 Veterans Memorial Drive, Florence, KY 41042
Are you working to make policy change in your city or state? How do you know if your efforts are working? How are you using data to tell your story? In partnership with Interact for Health and Foundation for Healthy Kentucky, Innovation Network ( will conduct a one-hour introductory webinar (Oct 4) and half-day workshop that will offer information and tools necessary for measuring and communicating the process and impact of your advocacy and policy change efforts. The workshop is highly interactive and will provide ample opportunity to apply skills addressed in the workshop directly to your own work.

Learning objectives:
• Understand the unique elements of measuring advocacy and policy change efforts
• Apply advocacy strategy frameworks to your work
• Learn how to approach your strategy and evaluation with the right questions and measures that match your organization’s needs and capacity
• Explore appropriate data collection methods
Register here