On the next Health Three60, host Renee Shaw and guests share the stories of everyday citizens who are actively working to improve the health outcomes and lives of Kentuckians on a community and state-wide level. The program premieres Monday, Nov. 12 at 9/8 p.m. on KET.
The program’s first segment, “A Mother’s Quest,” features the story of Charlotte Wethington and her son, who died of a heroin overdose in August 2002. Wethington shares how she was forced to sit helplessly as her son spiraled downward. Vowing to create a means for others to intervene on behalf of a loved one endangered by substance abuse, Wethington sought help from state legislators. Her efforts resulted in The Matthew Casey Wethington Act for Substance Abuse Intervention, which became a Kentucky law in July 2004.
In the next segment, “A Fresh Solution,” the Louisville neighborhood of Shawnee takes on the issue of access to fresh produce. Residents must travel miles to a quality grocery store or shop at a convenience store where fresh produce is scarce. Wanting to re-shape the way food was distributed in their community, members of the Lutheran Redeemer Church created a Fresh Stop through a partnership with the non-profit New Roots. At a Fresh Stop, residents can sign up to receive fresh local produce, the cost of which is based on income level.
The program’s final segment, “Women Speak Out,” takes place in Eastern Kentucky. The Eastern Kentucky Reproductive Health Project is an effort led by young women from Southeastern Kentucky who are producing and distributing media that explores the sexual and reproductive health concerns of women in the region and stresses the importance of factual information.
Health Three60 is a KET production, produced by Laura Krueger. The program is funded in part by a grant from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.
More information about KET programming and education services, as well as how to support KET, can be found at ket.org.