LOUISVILLE, Ky. (January 4, 2017) The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky has invested nearly $26.7 million to help improve Kentucky’s health and address the unmet health care needs of Kentuckians since 2001. In 2016 alone, the Foundation awarded grants totaling a little more than $1 million to nonprofit organizations and community health coalitions working to improve Kentucky’s health in various ways; a portion also went to nonprofit news organizations to increase the number of health and health-policy related stories in the media. The Foundation also funds research to help policy makers at state and local levels understand what works to improve health.
“Even when earnings on our endowment have been down, we have been able to invest in demonstration programs, advocacy efforts and research to help make Kentucky healthier,” said Ben Chandler, President and CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. “We’ve built a substantial foundation of information about what works. Moving forward, we will be advocating more actively for policy changes such as smoke-free laws that can really move the needle in Kentucky by improving and extending Kentuckians’ lives while reducing health care costs.”
The Foundation has awarded 745 grants since 2001. In 2016, grantees included seven community health coalitions across Kentucky, as well as organizations including Kentucky Youth Advocates, Kentucky Voices for Health, Kentucky Population Health Institute, Kentucky Equal Justice Center, and Kentucky Center for Smoke-free Policy. The Foundation invested another $824,000 in research, including the annual Kentucky Health Issues Poll, educational events such as the Health for a Change training webinars and workshops and the annual Howard L. Bost Memorial Health Policy Forum, and obtaining and reporting data valuable to understanding health policy implications.
About the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky
Since the Foundation opened its doors in 2001, it has invested nearly $26.7 million in health policy research, health advocacy and pilot project grants across the Commonwealth. Funded by an endowment, the mission of the Foundation is to address the unmet health care needs of Kentuckians by informing and influencing health 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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Bonnie J. Hackbarth