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Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky announces 2012 health grants

Awarded to community organizations, healthcare providers, universities and health advocacy groups

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Jan. 3, 2013) — The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky awarded 31 grants totaling more than $1.9 million in 2012. Grants were awarded to community-based organizations, healthcare providers, universities and health advocacy groups. Most funding was provided in support of the Foundation’s Kentucky Healthy Futures, Promoting Responsive Health Policy and Investing in Kentucky’s Future Initiatives.

The largest grants were made to partners in the Kentucky Healthy Futures Initiative (KHFI) which is supported by the Foundation’s federal Social Innovation Fund (SIF) grant. KHFI projects, which include nurse managed clinics, telemedicine, mobile health services, care navigation and an activities center, are improving the health of underserved populations in 33 Kentucky counties. KHFI is a partnership of the Foundation, the Center for National and Community Service and local communities, leveraging pooled resources for local health improvement.

Promoting Responsive Health Policy grants included funding for the Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP).  The KHIP data is designed to provide policymakers an idea of what Kentuckians think about key health-related issues. University of Kentucky’s Research Foundation was awarded a data grant, in support of the Foundation’s www.kentuckyhealthfacts.org website. The Urban Institute received funding to study statewide implementation of Medicaid managed care.  Kentucky Voices for Health, the Kentucky Primary Care Association, and Kentucky Educational Television were among grantees in this area.

Investing in Kentucky’s Future, the foundation’s newest initiative, funded the first-ever Kentucky Parent Survey. In 2013, the Foundation will identify communities to receive multiyear support under this initiative, which is aimed at reducing chronic disease risk factors for school-aged children.

A number of groups, including the Kentucky School Boards Association, Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky, Kentucky Youth Advocates and the Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation received conference support grants. This funding from the Foundation helped organizations host conferences, seminars, and symposiums that are aligned with the Foundation’s mission.

The Kentucky Council of Churches, Kentucky Equal Justice Center, and Kentucky Pediatric Society Foundation benefited from health advocacy funding. With financial help from the foundation, those organizations are better equipped to develop health advocacy strategies on the local level that will lead to better health outcomes and healthier communities.

“Despite volatility in the marketplace, we were able to dedicate significant resources to organizations that are working to make Kentucky a healthier place to live, work and play,” said Susan Zepeda, president/CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. “These projects and programs have a positive impact on people’s lives throughout the commonwealth and help us achieve our mission of addressing the unmet health care needs of Kentuckians.”

Grant recipients

Health Advocacy Initiative
Kentucky Council of Churches General Operating Support for Health Advocacy $50,000
Kentucky Pediatric Society Foundation General Operating Support for Health Advocacy $21,500
Conference Support
Lexington Central Kentucky Section of the National Council of Negro Women, Inc. 2012 Annual Leadership Summit $5,000
Kentucky Psychological Association Foundation 2012 Diversity Conference $1,500
University of Kentucky Research Foundation Third Annual Health Literacy Summit $1,000
Health Watch USA 2012 Conference: Value Purchasing and Patient Advocacy $2,000
Health Enterprises Network HEN Presents Dr. Regina Herzlinger $800
Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation Appalachia Funders Network $1,000
Community Development Society of America 2012 Community Development Society Annual International Conference $2,000
Southeastern Council of Foundations, Inc. Grantmakers of Kentucky (GoKY) Conference $1,500
Kentucky School Boards Association Educational Foundation, Inc. 2012 Coordinated School Health Symposium $5,000
Southeastern Council of Foundations, Inc. 2012 Health Legacy CEO Summer Assembly $4,500
Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky Kids Are Worth It! Conference $1,813.69
Kentucky Youth Advocates Invest in Kids: Grow Our Future Conference $1,200
The Friedell Committee for Health System Transformation Friedell Committee Fall Meeting $700


Investing in Kentucky’s Future (IKF) Initiative
University of Virginia Center for Survey Research 2012 Kentucky Parent Survey $123,993.55
Blue Grass Community Foundation
Blue Grass Community Foundation Food Policy Position – Office of the Mayor, Lexington $25,000
KET Lexington East End Equity Partnership $20,000
2012-2013 Collaboration $100,000


Kentucky Healthy Futures Initiative (KHFI)
Cumberland Family Medical Center Nurse Managed Health Clinic $250,000
Home of the Innocents Access to Dental Care for CSHCN to Improve Their Quality of Life $250,000
Saint Joseph Health System Community Based Delivery Model: Virtual Care $250,000
Meade Activity Center Meade Activity Center Project $250,000
Saint Elizabeth Medical Center Access to Mental Health Services Through Emergency Department Telepsychiatry $100,000
Oldham County Health Department Hope Health Clinic $100,000
King’s Daughter’s Medical Center Mobile Health Services for Rural Kentucky $124,548


Promoting Responsive Health Policy
Kentucky Primary Care Association KyPCA Annual Conference – Integrated Care Track $3,000
Kentucky Equal Justice Center Health Law Fellow $45,000
University of Cincinnati Kentucky Health Issues Poll $47,110
Kentucky Voices for Health Targeted Health Advocacy $125,000
University of Kentucky Research Foundation County-Level Analysis of Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Data $60,000