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 free annual forum is to raise awareness of the health issues impacting Kentuckians and highlight model strategies and policy opportunities to improve Kentucky’s health. We welcome a range of audiences, inside and outside the health industry – including health care advocates, providers and educators, business professionals, civic leaders, policy makers and more.

A recording of the morning session will be available soon!

2019 Howard L. Bost Memorial Health Policy Forum
Medical Marijuana Fact and Fiction: Practical Public Health Policy Considerations for Kentucky
Keynote Address: Andrew Freedman, Former Director of Marijuana Coordination in Colorado, Partner at Freedman & Koski
Monday, September 23, 2019
Mariott Griffin Gate
Lexington, KY
Health Impacts on At-Risk and Underserved Populations
Revenues and Outlays
New Frontier Data, Beau Whitney
Future of Cannabis Regulation
HB136 Medical Marijuana, Jaime Montalvo
Medical Cannabis: Medical Perspective, Danesh Mazloomdoost, MD
Kentucky’s Substance Use Epidemic: A Solutions Update
Keynote Address: Barry Meier, New York Times Reporter and Author, Pain Killer: An Empire of Deceit and the Origin of America's Opioid Epidemic
Monday, September 24, 2018
Marriott Griffin Gate
Lexington, KY
Click here to watch the live morning session live stream from 9:00 am - 12:00 PM ET.
Alternatives to Opioids
Alternatives to Opioids: Physical Therapy, Mona Carper, PT, DPT
Curbing Kentucky's Substance Use Epidemic- The First Step, Phil Chang, MD, MBA, FACS
Culture Change: The Opioid Alternative, Danesh Mazloomdoost, MD
Alternatives to Opioids: Mindfulness Practice, Mel Pohl, MD, DFASAM
2017 Howard L. Bost Memorial Health Policy Forum

Kentucky’s Substance Use Crisis: Solutions and Strategies
Keynote Address: Sam Quinones, Author, Dreamland
Monday, September 25, 2017
Marriott Griffin Gate
Lexington, KY
Agenda (PDF)
Speaker Bios (PDF)

Click here to view videos from the event.

2016 Howard L. Bost Memorial Health Policy Forum

Keynote Address: Dr. Gail Christopher
Health as an Economic Driver
Monday, September 19, 2018
Marriott Griffin Gate
Lexington, KY
Agenda (PDF)