Kentucky Youth Health Network

Building Positive Futures for Kentucky Youth

To create public awareness.

To establish action plans for strategies in order to address the issue of teenage pregnancy.

To advocate the implementation of the established action plans through task groups and private citizens.

To develop and maintain an ongoing evaluation of the established action plans.

About Kentucky Youth Health Network

History of Kentucky Youth Health Network Formerly known as Kentucky Coalition on Teenage Pregnancy And Kentucky Teen Pregnancy Coalition .

The precursor of the Kentucky Youth Health Network was the Kentucky Coalition on Teenage Pregnancy, founded in the 1970s. At that time, state coalitions were formed across the country to address the problem of adolescent pregnancy. The Kentucky Coalition consisted of representatives from the Department of Education, the Department of Human Resources (Social Insurance, Social Services, and Health Services), the University of Kentucky, Planned Parenthood affiliates, and several local health departments. The Coalition served as a collaborating network of interagency action to deal with adolescent pregnancy in Kentucky.

Our Mission

The Kentucky Youth Health Network (KYHN) addresses the health and risk behaviors of youth in Kentucky by partnering with individuals and organizations to promote positive youth development.

Core Concentrations

KYHN is a state-wide network whose mission is to bring together organizations and individuals concerned with adolescent health in a cooperative effort to:

Create public awareness

Serve as a resource in developing innovative program strategies to deal with issues related to adolescent health

Promote healthy outcomes for adolescents

Act as advocates for adolescents in accessing needed services and developing policies and practices

Provide reputable information and resources

The Coalition distributed a quarterly newsletter to publicize educational materials and programs. It also hosted an educational conference that offered continuing education units. And it was exhibited at the Kentucky State Fair and various professional conferences.

The Coalition revised its name to the Kentucky Teen Pregnancy Coalition. Throughout the years, the Coalition has continued hosting annual conferences featuring national and Kentucky-based experts on adolescent reproductive health and related issues of adolescent well-being.

In 2014, the Coalition broadened its scope to adolescent health, focusing on nutrition, physical activity, sexual and reproductive health, substance abuse, tobacco and vaping, violence, and emotional health. It continues to sponsor an annual conference.

Board of Directors

Andrea brown, MPH

AREA OF EXPERTISE

Sexual & Reproductive Health, Substance Abuse

KYHN Treasurer
Public Health Director, Bourbon County Health Department 

andread.brown@ky.gov

Stephanie Bunge, M.Ed., CHES

AREA OF EXPERTISE

Physical Activity

KYHN President, KYHN Conference Committee
School Health Consultant, Kentucky Department of Education

Stephanie.Bunge@education.ky.gov

Michelle Bullis, BSW, LSW

AREA OF EXPERTISE

Sexual & Reproductive Health, Emotional-Well Being

Adolescent Health Program Administrator
Kentucky Department for Public Health

michelle.bullis@ky.gov

Teresa Combs

AREA OF EXPERTISE

Emotional Well-Being

Regional Program Manager for Family Resource & Youth Services Center

Teresa.combs@ky.gov

Ally Hucek, MPH

AREA OF EXPERTISE

Physical Activity, Emotional Well-Being

KYHN Website Development
Doctoral Student

allyhucek@gmail.com

Lisa Mills, RN

AREA OF EXPERTISE

Sexual & Reproductive Health, Substance Abuse, Tobacco & Vaping, Violence

KYHN President-Elect, KYHN Conference Committee
Adolescent Health Coordinator, Kentucky Department for Public Health

lisa.mills@ky.gov

Susan Kincaid

AREA OF EXPERTISE

Sexual & Reproductive Health, Tobacco & Vaping, Violence

KYHN Secretary
Health Education Director, Kentucky River District Health Department

Susanm.kincaid@ky.gov

Kelsie Williams, MPH

AREA OF EXPERTISE

Sexual & Repreductive Health

Program Coordinator, Power to Decide

kwilliams@powertodecide.org

Angela Woosley, RN, BSN, MEP

AREA OF EXPERTISE

Nutrition, Sexual & Reproductive Health

Retired

adwoosley@gmail.com