LOUISVILLE, Ky, October 6, 2020 - Diseases and unhealthy behaviors often have their roots in childhood, but a variety of policies and programs can reduce the risk of these outcomes. The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky will present a webinar on October 19 from 2-3 pm ET to highlight successful interventions that can happen early in a child's life, as part of its 20th annual Howard L. Bost Memorial Health Policy Forum webinar series focused on child health.

The webinar is free, but registration is required: Register here.

The Foundation is partnering with Kentucky Youth Advocates in offering this year's forum series, titled Moving Kids Toward Natural Highs: Kentucky Opportunities to Prevent Youth Substance Use, Suicide and Risky Behaviors. The series features panels of speakers on the topics of the State of Child Health in Kentucky (held September 21; view recording here) and slide presentations here), Intervening Early (October 19), Promoting Healthy Lifestyles through Nutrition and Physical Activity (November 9), Understanding Youth and Building Good Mental Health (December 14) and Stopping Vaping and Substance Use (January 11).

Speakers in the second webinar on October 19 will discuss programs based in the home setting, schools and physician’s offices that set infants and toddlers up for better health throughout their lives.

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

Tracey Antle, Chief Operating Officer, Cumberland Family Medical Center, Inc., and a member of the Foundation's Community Advisory Council.

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.

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