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PHOTO: Taking the pulse of Kentucky's health-care system, experts gathered Tuesday to share ideas on ways to reshape the delivery of care. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - In the midst of sweeping health-care reform in Kentucky, hundreds of people gathered in Louisville on Tuesday to explore how to "do care differently." Dave Bolt, deputy director of the Kentucky Primary Care Association, said it's time to move away from what he calls a "treat 'em a ...Read More

PHOTO: A five-year study finds that the bystander intervention program Green Dot significantly reduces sexual violence among high school students in Kentucky. Photo courtesy of University of Kentucky.

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Kentucky's first lady calls it a game changer – using a program based on bystander intervention to reduce sexual violence among high school-age children. The Green Dot program, which was created and first used at the University of Kentucky, is now being tried in more t ...Read More

PHOTO: A Governor's task force offers real promise of reforming West Virginia's juvenile justice system, according to a mother appointed to the group. Picture by Richard Ross, courtesy of the Annie E Casey foundation.

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - A governor's task force on West Virginia juvenile justice could bring badly needed progress on the issue, according to one mother involved in the process. Kathy Jo Smith of Barbour County was appointed to the group after her son served more than a year for trying to break into a ...Read More

PHOTO: Little cigars have gained popularity with teens, as they come in flavors similar to ice cream and are sold at prices so low, they can buy several for less than a dollar. Photo credit: Tony Alter/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota retailers do better at thwarting teens' attempts to buy tobacco than retailers in any other state, according to a report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The ranking is earning praise, although some anti-smoking advocates say the figure ...Read More

PHOTO: It was a full house earlier this year for Kitsap County's first Suicide Prevention Forum, part of an ongoing effort to reduce the county suicide rate. Photo courtesy League of Women Voters of Kitsap County.
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PORT ORCHARD, Wash. - An epidemic is what the League of Women Voters in Kitsap County says it discovered looking into deaths statewide, and found suicides top the list. In Kitsap County, more than 80 percent of gun deaths are people taking their own lives. That statistic has prompted a Suicide Prev ...Read More

PHOTO: Efforts are expanding in Ohio to educate social services agencies on trauma-informed practices. Photo credit: grietgriet/morguefile.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Children who have been traumatized can face a lifetime of behavioral, mental and physical health problems, and there are efforts in Ohio to better help these children recover. Traumatic experiences include physical abuse, exposure to addiction and parental separation. Dr. ...Read More

PHOTO: Clatsop County may soon be known for more than its beautiful beach scenery. It has been selected for a five-year health improvement challenge, the Way to Wellville, with a $5 million prize at stake. Photo credit: Steven Pavlov, Wikimedia Commons.
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ASTORIA, Ore. - Clatsop County on the Oregon Coast is one of five communities in the U.S. selected for a five-year health improvement challenge, with a prize of $5 million. Several Oregon communities applied, but Clatsop County is the only Oregon finalist. The project is called the "Way to Wellvill ...Read More

PHOTO: Governor Pat Quinn recently signed legislation to expand the scope of the Young Adults Heroin Use Task Force, a year after the task force was first charged with finding solutions to the heroin epidemic in Illinois. Photo credit: Psychonaut/Wikipedia Commons.

JOLIET, Ill. - State leaders are digging deeper for solutions as they try to fight heroin abuse among Illinois youth. The Young Adults Heroin Use Task Force has been hearing testimony and gathering information on heroin use among high school students over the past year. Recently-signed legislation ...Read More

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