Chronic Disease Prevention and Control
The Chronic Disease Prevention and Control Branch works to decrease debilitation and death from chronic disease in Kentucky. Emphasis is on prevention and risk factors that can be reduced through healthy lifestyles. The branch stresses the importance of increasing physical activity and providing information and education about diabetes, asthma and cardiovascular health.
Arthritis Program - Do you need information on arthritis? Early diagnosis and proper treatment can maximize the quality of life for most persons with arthritis.
Asthma - Do you have asthma or are you interested in becoming part of the Kentucky Asthma Partnership?
Colon Cancer - Are you at risk for colon cancer or interested in being part of a statewide partnership addressing the burden of colon cancer in Kentucky? Screenng and removal of polyps can prevent colon cancer.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) - In Kentucky, tobacco smoke is a key factor in the development and progression of COPD, although exposure to air pollutants in the home and workplace, genetic factors, and respiratory infections also play a role.
Diabetes - Do you have questions about diabetes? The Kentucky Diabetes Prevention and Control program works to reduce the number of new cases of diabetes as well as the sickness, disability and death associated with diabetes and its complications.
Heart Disease and Stroke Program - Are you at risk for heart disease or stroke? Know the risk factors and warning signs.
KY BRFSS - Do you want to know about the prevalence of chronic diseases and risk factors among adults in Kentucky? Look for this data in BRFSS which is the major data source for the prevalence of chronic diseases, health risk behaviors, clinical preventive health practices, and health status indicators among adults in Kentucky.
Osteoporosis - What is osteoporosis, how can you prevent it and what can you do to treat it?
Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant - A variety of programs and services addressing the unique health needs of Kentuckians are funded through this grant.
||Unbridled Health: A Plan for Coordinated Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
In 2010, the Kentucky Department for Public Health brought together an advisory group to create the first coordinated chronic disease prevention and health promotion state plan. Chronic diseases such as high blood pressure and heart disease, arthritis, cancer, COPD, diabetes, asthma, and obesity are the most common and costly of all health problems in the U.S. and Kentucky. One of every two adults in Kentucky has at least one chronic disease. These common chronic diseases are preventable for many people and can be well controlled in others. The advisory group created a framework of four strategic areas: policy, systems and environmental changes that support healthy choices; expanded access to health screenings and self-management programs; strong community-clinical linkages; and translating data into information that is useful to community partners, health advocates and decision makers. The KDPH advisory group joined forces with the Community Transformation Grant leadership team to create a combined effort of “Changing This Generation through Unbridled Health” and in November 2012, over 180 stakeholders provided input and feedback for the strategies and activities in the state plan which was named Unbridled Health.
The Unbridled Health state plan is now representative of over a hundred organizations united through shared vision and a common commitment. Chronic diseases are too big and complex a problem for any one group to address efficiently and effectively. A coordinated approach to chronic disease challenges stakeholders, community partners and decision makers not to do more with less, but instead to unite forces and do a few things well. Together, we can work to improve the health of Kentuckians young and old. We invite you to review the Unbridled Health plan and to consider joining us in our call to action. For more information, contact Bonita Bobo.
||Chronic Disease Disaster Preparedness
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 80% of older adults have at least one chronic condition that makes them more vulnerable than healthy people during a disaster. The Chronic Disease Prevention Branch in collaboration with the Public Health Preparedness Branch and the University of Louisville, with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, developed a resource manual in 2008 to assist individuals, families and caregivers to prepare for disasters and emergencies. This Disaster Preparedness for Persons with Chronic Disease Patient Resource Manual has been updated in 2013 and is available for download, printing and use by any individual or group working on disaster preparedness planning.
All people with chronic diseases need to develop a plan to cope with disasters such as tornadoes, floods, earthquakes, prolonged snow or ice emergency or any other type of issue that can prevent someone with chronic disease from getting access to medications, their regular physician, dialysis, chemotherapy and other medical needs. The informative materials highlight the awareness of the needs of people with chronic diseases during disasters and help to educate about planning for disasters. There are also instructions on developing emergency contact information to include personal medical information and action checklists and helpful links.