From:                                         Michele Ganote KHC Information <>

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February 2018

In This Edition:

  • KHC Annual Conference Registration
  • KHC Blog Posts, Industry News​
  • KHC Member Spotlight - Bonita Bobo, Kentucky Department for Public Health



One Week Left to Register

Connecting Mental and Physical Health:
Successful Models of Integrated Care

March 13-14, 2018
Louisville, Kentucky​

Register here by Tuesday, March 6





Guest Posts from KHC Conference Speakers



Moving Past the Stigma of Addiction: Implementing National Principles of Care
In the past year, 20.1 million Americans had a substance use disorder, of which more than 2 million were addicted to opioids. Evidence-based SUD treatment can reduce the risk of overdose while improving outcomes and reducing costs...more


The Complete Guide to Workplace Mental Health

Your job should provide a place where you can use your gifts, talents, and education to make a difference in thie world, big or small. It should be a place where you can build confidence and excel. However, reports show that when it comes to workplace mental health, most people find their job mentally unhealthy...more 

KHC news

Kentucky Schools Invited to Participate in Research Project on Mental Health Stigma

The KHC has embarked on a unique research project with students to better understand the factors that contribute to mental health stigma among high school students in the Commonwealth...more

Joint Commission Accredited Providers

The Joint Commission Sets Standard of Care for Provider of Substance Use Disorder Treatment
I'm sitting in my office and yet another article arrives in my email regarding a substance use provider delivering substandard services...more


Measure of the Month: Statin Therapy

February is American Heart Month, a time when individuals are reminded to focus on their heart health. The KHC added two measures to 2017 reporting to reflect the importance of caring for the heart...more


Kentucky Diabetes Camp for Children Pursues Expansion with $25,000 from Anthem Foundation

Economic Toll of Opioid Crisis In U.S. Exceeded $1 Trillion Since 2001

Poll: One in Four Kentucky Adults Concerned about Losing Health Insurance


Bonita Bobo

Bonita Bobo, RN, HHS
Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program Manager
Kentucky Department for Public Health

KHC Member for:
5 years

KHC Committee Participation:

PMAC Chronic and Acute Subcommittee

Some of Bonita's responsibilities as the Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program Manager include identifying systems and policy changes to meet heart disease and stroke needs statewide; developing quantitative measures of program effectiveness; participating on various chronic disease committees, work groups; assisting with coordination of activities among the heart disease and stroke prevention program, the statewide stakeholders task force, other chronic disease programs and partners. She also provides training and technical assistance to local health departments and all partners statewide on addressing their heart disease and stroke prevention efforts.

What are you currently working on that you are most excited about? How do you think it will drive improvements to health and healthcare in the community?

A hypertension clinic to promote self-monitoring blood pressure.

It is utilizing a diverse team with a holistic approach. We currently have two very successful self-monitoring blood pressure initiatives occurring in Kentucky. Both initiatives are a collaborative effort with a diverse and comprehensive health care team utilizing a patient engaging blood pressure awareness program. The goals are to increase engagement of community health workers to promote linkages between health systems and community resources for adults with high blood pressure and also to increase engagement of community pharmacists in the provision of medication/self-management for adults with high blood pressure.

What are you most excited about working on in the future around health and healthcare improvement?

The Community Health Worker (CHW) movement in Kentucky.

We are partnering with the Montgomery County Health Department (MCHD) and participate in the Appalachian Kentucky Health Care Access Network. This network’s efforts are to increase and sustain the number of trained CHWs in Kentucky’s rural counties. MCHD enrolled more than 280 clients in their CHW program, many of whom are undocumented Latinos ineligible for health insurance coverage. As a result, more than 250 clients get their blood pressure measured regularly and receive ongoing education on lifestyle modifications and medication adherence as a result of their enrollment in this program.

Why do you think a multi-stakeholder coalition like the KHC is needed in the community?

I believe in the KHC’s mission to coordinate action-oriented efforts to mobilize the community to improve health and well-being. I feel their commitment to health care transparency, measurement, and transformation through education, networking, and collaboration is an essential element in moving forward together successfully.

What is your favorite quote?

“From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” (Luke 12:48)

What do you do in your spare time? 

I love to ride motorcycles and just got my motorcycle license last April. My husband and I own a Harley Davidson Tri Glide Ultra Classic.

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March 14, 2018
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Connecting Mental and Physical Health: Successful Models of Integrated Care
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