Foundation’s six-year, seven-county children’s health initiative a model for entire state

Originally published June 11, 2019 in The Lane Report.

A community-driven children’s health initiative that strengthened cross-sector coalitions in seven Kentucky counties also improved student eating habits, increased youth physical activity, trained teachers to support students experiencing trauma, and increased youth resilience, according to a Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky report released today. The six-year $2.4 million initiative also led to the adoption of 38 local ordinances and policies to help sustain the improvements and promote health equity long-term, the report said.

The success of its Investing in Kentucky’s Future (IKF) initiative has prompted the Foundation to expand its work in obesity prevention and childhood trauma interventions. For example, in May the Foundation announced another $200,000 grant in Russell and surrounding counties to address childhood trauma in a rural setting. This grant builds on an urban demonstration program that was part of the IKF initiative. Read More