LOUISVILLE, Ky (October 17, 2019) Helping communities use data in innovative ways to reduce health inequities and improve population health is the focus of the 2019 Data! Forum on November 15 in Erlanger, Kentucky.

Hosted by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and Interact for Health, the theme for the 2019 Data! Forum is Fostering Health Innovation in Kentucky and Ohio.

Speakers include senior Medicaid officials from both states, as well as Jessica Bellamy, a designer of infographics for social innovation. Bellamy has led infographic design workshops for the Foundation's training series for nonprofits called Health for a Change.

Homer Venters, MD, Senior Health and Justice Fellow for Community Oriented Correctional Health Services, will discuss access to health preventive and treatment services for persons in jail or other community institutions. Venters is the former chief medical officer and assistant commissioner of the Correctional Health Services division of the NYC Health + Hospitals public health care system.

Additional speakers include:

  • David Carlson, MPH, Director of Epidemiology and Assessment, Hamilton County Public Health, Ohio
  • Leah Dean, PhD, Junior Research Associate, Institute for Policy Research, University of Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Zach Reat, Director, Data Management and Analysis, Health Policy Institute of Ohio
  • Lynne Saddler, MD, MPH, District Director of Health, Northern Kentucky Health Department
  • Matt Stearmer, PhD, Chief Data Officer at the Ohio Department of Medicaid
  • Judy Ann Theriot, MD, CPE, Medical Director, Kentucky Department for Medicaid Services and Professor of Pediatrics, University of Louisville, Kentucky

Attendance at the Data! Forum is free, but registration is required (register here). The Forum runs from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (ET) on Nov. 15 at the St. Elizabeth Training and Education Center, 3861 Olympic Blvd, in Erlanger. The forum is intended for non-profit and philanthropic organizations, entrepreneurs, hospitals, health departments, community planners, health advocates and researchers.

For questions about the 2019 Data! Forum, contact Rachelle Seger, rseger@healthy-ky.org, 877-326-2583.

About the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky
Since the Foundation opened its doors in 2001, it has invested nearly $28 million in health policy research and advocacy, as well as demonstration project grants across the Commonwealth. Funded by an endowment, the mission of the nonpartisan Foundation 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. Follow the Foundation on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, and visit our website at www.healthy-ky.org.

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