LOUISVILLE, Ky, September 10, 2020 - The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky today announced the topics and speakers for a free monthly webinar series focused on policies to improve children's health in Kentucky. The series, which replaces the Foundation's 18th annual in-person Howard L. Bost Memorial Health Policy Forum, will highlight policies and programs that reduce the chances of disease and unhealthy behaviors that often begin in childhood, including substance use, suicide and vaping.

The Foundation is partnering with Kentucky Youth Advocates on the forum series, titled Moving Kids Toward Natural Highs: Kentucky Opportunities to Prevent Youth Substance Use, Suicide and Risky Behaviors. Participants should register for each webinar in the series that they choose to attend. The webinars are free, but registration is required.

State of Child Health in Kentucky
Monday, September 21, 2020, 2-3 pm ET Register here.

Dr. Henrietta Bada, Director, Maternal and Child Health Division, Department for Public Health
Dr. Hatim Omar, Founder of the Stop Youth Suicide Campaign
Dr. Terry Brooks, Executive Director, Kentucky Youth Advocates
Ben Robinson, Daviess County student, youth speaker

Moderator: Vivian Lasley-Bibbs, Director, Office of Health Equity, Kentucky Department for Public Health

Intervening Early
Monday, October 19, 2020, 2-3 pm ET - Register here.

Lisa Lee, Commissioner, Kentucky Department for Medicaid Services
Anthony Zipple, Senior Associate, Open Minds
Allison Miller, Family Learning Specialist, National Center for Families Learning
Dr. Julia Richerson, Pediatrician, Family Health Center Iroquois

Moderator: Tracey Antle, Chief Operating Officer, Cumberland Family Medical Center

Promoting Healthy Lifestyles through Nutrition and Physical Activity
Monday, November 9, 2020, 2-3 pm ET - Register here.

Amanda Goldman, Healthcare Industry Sales Strategist, Gordon Food Service
Paula Little, Assistant Superintendent, Clinton County Schools
Jamie Sparks, School Health Program Manager, ETR
Nellie Ellis, Whitely County High School graduate, youth speaker

Moderator: Marianne Smith Edge, Founder/Principal, The AgriNutrition Edge

Understanding Youth and Building Good Mental Health
Monday, December 14, 2020, 2-3 pm ET - Register here.

Felicia S. Smith, PhD, Licensed Psychologist, Co-Owner of StrongMinds
Dr. Allen Brenzel, Medical Director, Kentucky Department for Behavioral Health
Kerry Gallagher, Director of K-12 Education, ConnectSafely
Beatrice Roussell, Manual High School STAMINA Suicide Prevention Group, youth speaker

Moderator: Sheila Schuster, PhD, Executive Director, Advocacy Action Network

Stopping Vaping and Substance Use
Monday, January 11, 2021, 2-3 pm ET - Register here.

Devine Carama, Community Coordinator, Lexington FEND Movement and Founder, Kingtucky, LLC
Van Ingram, Executive Director, Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy
Shannon Baker, Director of Advocacy, American Lung Association, "How to Talk to Your Kids About Vaping"
Abby Hefner, Anti-Vaping Advocate, McCracken County High School, youth speaker

Moderator: Eva Stone, District Health Coordinator, Jefferson County Public Schools

Questions about registration can be emailed to Alexa Kerley, akerley@healthy-ky.org.


About the Howard L. Bost Memorial Health Policy Forum
The Foundation convenes the Bost Forum annually in memory of Dr. Howard L. Bost, a notable health economist and founding member of the Foundation's board of directors. The aim of the forum is to raise awareness of health issues impacting Kentuckians and to highlight model strategies and policy opportunities to improve Kentucky's health. Presentations and video from previous forums are available here.

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 more than $29 million in health policy research, advocacy, and demonstration project grants across the Commonwealth.

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

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