Friedell Committee will consider what it will take for Kentucky to become a healthier state at meeting Sunday and Monday

What will it take for Kentucky to become a healthier state? That will be the question at the fall meeting of the Friedell Committee for Health System Transformation, at the Marriott Griffin Gate in Lexington Sunday, Nov. 10 and Monday, Nov. 11. Participants will examine how the committee can work with communities and individuals to create a Kentucky that is “healthier, wealthier, and wiser,” a possible motto for a campaign the committee is considering.

“We have learned that building a healthier Kentucky will depend largely on what we do beyond the health-care system,” said Richard Heine, executive director of the committee. ”Efforts to promote good health must take place in the environment where people live, work, and play. For Kentuckians to be healthier, we must address the factors behind the problem of poor health, such as lack of education, poverty, poor nutrition, lack of employment, violence, transportation, and housing.”

Topics at the meeting include the state Health Benefit Exchange, managed-care Medicaid, the state’s financial situation, successful local policy changes, and the prevention and control of Kentucky’s major health challenge: diabetes.

Lee Todd, former president of the University of Kentucky, will be the keynote speaker Sunday evening and will introduce components of the committee’s campaign for a healthier Kentucky, now being formulated.
Monday’s morning sessions will focus on public health, with discussions of county health rankings, public health partnerships with communities, and opportunities for progress in the health of Kentucky. Afternoon sessions will look at education partnerships and Kentucky’s workforce.

This meeting is funded in part by a grant from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. For a copy f the full agenda, click here. For more on the committee, click here.

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