(LOUISVILLE, Ky – April 19, 2019) Organizations and individuals working to improve health in Western Kentucky communities are invited to attend a Regional Community Health Forum in Madisonville on May 22. Hosted by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, the morning forum will be followed by an afternoon workshop on how to conduct smoke-free community campaigns.

Both events are free and open to health organizations, health care providers, public health professionals, elected officials, business and education leaders and other community members interested in reducing chronic disease and addressing other health issues in communities throughout Western Kentucky. The day will begin at 9:30 a.m. (CDT) at the Ballard Convention Center, 605 East Arch Street in Madisonville. Lunch will be provided and seating is limited, so advance registration is required at https://bit.ly/2VzJmZE.

“We’re looking to exchange ideas and share information on priority health concerns affecting Kentuckians and how our communities can reach their highest levels of health,” said Ben Chandler, president and CEO, Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.

The community forum from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. will begin with a networking opportunity, followed by a short program led off by Chandler, who will share an overview of the Foundation’s work. Veronica Cecil, former deputy commissioner of Medicaid for two governors in Kentucky and now Foundation vice president for public policy, will provide a brief overview of the Kentucky HEALTH Medicaid waiver program. These presentations will be followed by an opportunity for input on health-related issues of concern to area communities, particularly in the Pennyrile, Green River and Purchase Area Development Districts. (The Foundation will host additional regional health forums in other areas of the state in the coming months.)

Ellen J. Hahn, PhD, RN, will lead the afternoon workshop from 11:30 to 3 p.m. titled “Smoke-free Campaigns: Making Your Community a Better Place to BREATHE,” which will share with participants information and strategies for enacting smoke-free workplace ordinances. Dr. Hahn is an alumni professor in the Colleges of Nursing and Public Health at the University of Kentucky. The workshop is offered as part of the Foundation’s free Health for a Change training series for nonprofit and other community organizations working to improve health in Kentucky.

If you have questions regarding attending the forum, contact Mary Jo Shircliffe at 877-326-2583.

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About the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky
Funded by an endowment, the mission of the nonpartisan Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky is to address the unmet health needs of Kentuckians by developing and influencing policy, improving access to care, reducing health risks and disparities, and promoting health equity. Since the Foundation opened its doors in 2001, it has invested nearly $28 million in health policy research, advocacy, and demonstration project grants across the Commonwealth. Follow the Foundation on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, and visit our website at www.healthy-ky.org.

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