(LOUISVILLE, Ky, June 10, 2019) Organizations and individuals working to improve health in South Central Kentucky communities are invited to attend a Regional Community Health Forum in Bowling Green on July 24. Hosted by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, the morning forum will be followed by an afternoon workshop on coalition building, to be held at a farm in Scottsville.

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 throughout the region. The day will begin with networking at 9:30 a.m. and the forum from 10 to 11:30 a.m. (CT) at the Community Farmers Market, 2319 Nashville Road in Bowling Green. The lunch and afternoon workshop, from 12 noon to 4:30 p.m. (CT), will be at Need More Acres Farm on Hickory Lane in Scottsville.

Space is limited and advance registration is required for one or both events here.

"These forums are designed to share some of the Foundation's work with community organizations on such issues as access to health care and obesity prevention, but we're also looking to exchange ideas on priority health concerns affecting Kentuckians in each community we visit and how we can all reach our highest levels of health," said Ben Chandler, president and CEO, Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. This will be the third regional community health forum hosted by the Foundation in 2019; two others were held in Madisonville May 22 and Whitesburg June 6.

The Bowling Green forum will start with a short program led off by Chandler and Foundation staff who will share an overview of several areas of the Foundation's work, including tobacco-use reduction, access to care and childhood obesity prevention.

These brief presentations will be followed by an opportunity for all attendees to participate in a discussion of health-related issues of concern to area communities, particularly in the Barren River and surrounding Area Development Districts but statewide as well.

The afternoon workshop is part of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky's Health for a Change training series of workshops and webinars to prepare nonprofit leaders to advance pressing health issues. Participants will learn about and discuss strategies and assets for health improvement, food access and community building. The workshop will include a tour of Need More Acres Farm, a multi-farm Community Supported Agriculture program for 35 area families.

If you have questions regarding attending the forum, contact Mary Jo Shircliffe mshircliffe@healthy-ky.org, 877-326-2583. Media inquiries should go to Bonnie Hackbarth, bhackbarth@healthy-ky.org, 502-326-2583.

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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.

Media Contacts:
Bonnie J. Hackbarth
877-326-2583 (Office)
502-552-3770 (Mobile)

Alexa Kerley
877-326-2583 (Office)
859-229-9611 (Mobile)