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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Webinar: Understanding trauma, health, and care: Kentucky ACEs
Wednesday August 1, 2018
1:00 PM-2:00 PM ET

Join us on this free 1-hour webinar to learn about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Hear from Connie Gayle White, MD, Kentucky Department for Public Health, on how ACEs shape health in Kentucky. David Finke, PhD, Uspiritus, will share the work of the BOUNCE Coalition.

Webinar participants will:
Learn about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
Understand the connection between ACEs and health in Kentucky
Become familiar with the Kentucky-based BOUNCE Coalition
Hear how to become involved in Kentucky's ACEs network

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Webinar: Planning for Success: Why? How? What for?
Wednesday, August 8, 2018
1:00 PM-2:00 PM ET
Join us on this free 1-hour webinar to answer these questions on evaluation and planning for success.
This webinar will provide an overview of what evaluation is and why it matters, outline key steps in conducting an evaluation, and dispel common myths about evaluation. The REACH evaluation staff will use examples of real evaluation projects and highlight what went well and important lessons learned.
REACH Evaluation consults with non-profit, for-profit, philanthropic, and governmental entities in support of efforts to improve services and bring about organizational and community change. REACH Evaluation is integrated with REACH of Louisville, Inc., an organization founded in 1987 to provide a full range of direct services to families (including foster families) with difficult-to-serve youth and adults. Because of this connection, REACH Evaluation brings an inherent appreciation for the challenges of serving real people in the real world to our evaluation work.
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Workshop: Working with the Media 
Thursday, August 16, 2018
12:30 PM - 3:00 PM CT

Warren County Public Library-- Bob Kirby Branch
175 Iron Skillet Court Bowling Green, Kentucky 41064
Join us for this FREE in-person workshop in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky is offering a workshop to help nonprofit organizations work effectively with the media to improve news coverage of their efforts. We thank the Warren County Public Library for hosting this event.
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Webinar: Health Care for Low-income Kentuckians: Progress, Challenges, & Updates
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
1:00 PM-2:00 PM ET
Join us for this free 1-hour webinar to learn more about health care for low-income Kentuckians.
Benjamin Sommers, MD, PhD of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health will share key findings from a 4-year study that surveyed more than 10,000 low-income adults in Kentucky, Arkansas, and Texas. The study goal was to track the effects of each state’s policy decisions under the Affordable Care Act from 2013-2016.
Lynn Quincy of Healthcare Value Hub | ALTARUM will share highlights from a 2018 study that finds almost three-quarters of Kentucky adults have healthcare affordability burdens. Low-income residents faced the highest affordability burdens. The report also finds support for fixes to make healthcare more affordable, explores health insurance literacy, and details surprise medical bills.
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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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