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Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant

The Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant (PHHSBG)  funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention addresses gaps in public health services with limited or no state funding available. Services range from addressing obesity in adults through physical activity programs to sexual assault and rape crisis intervention. The block grant currently funds three Kentucky health programs. Ninety-three percent of grant program funds are allocated directly to local communities.

Block grant funds are used in Kentucky to protect public health and fund the following services: health care access, physical activity programs for adults and children and rape and sex offense crisis centers. Listed below are some examples of programs that serve our state's unique health needs through the PHHSBG.

For additional information about the Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant, email Sue Thomas-Cox or call 502-564-7996, ext. 4431.

Kentucky Physician Care Program

Many low-income Kentucky adults have no access to basic acute primary health care. According to the U.S Census Bureau Current Population Survey, in 2005 and 2006, approximately 14 percent of Kentucky's total population (568,514) did not have health insurance. 

In Kentucky, the PHHSBG provides some funding to the Health Care Access Branch to work in collaboration with Health Kentucky and the Kentucky Physicians Care program (KPC). The KPC program recruits volunteer health care providers and pharmacies to provide services and free prescription mediation on a one-time basis to uninsured adults ages 18 to 64. In 2007, prescriptions valued at more than $12 million were distributed throughout the commonwealth through this partnership.

Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Program (Rape Crisis Centers)

Rape and sexual abuse are devastating problems facing our society. Their impact can be profound due to the sheer frequency of occurrences and the physical and emotional trauma to victims of these crimes. Specialized services can help minimize trauma and meet the needs of sexual assault victims.

Kentucky's 13 rape crisis centers offer a 24-hour hotline to link survivors of sexual assault and their friends and family to no-cost, specialized support services such as advocacy and crisis intervention. These services help decrease the potentially life-altering effects of sexual violence.

The Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs serves as a resource in Kentucky for information and services related to sexual assault.

For additional information about the Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Program, contact (502) 564-9433.

Rape Crisis Center Service Areas

Workplans and Annual Reports


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Related Information

Chronic disease affects not only individuals, but the nation as a whole. This report from the Milken Institute outlines the state-by-state influence of chronic disease.

These Web sites provide fact sheets on health and disease education in different languages:

Health Information Translations

CLAS Act Virginia Language Resources

Health Translations Directory


Public Hearing

The Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant advisory committee holds meetings twice each year.

The next meeting is scheduled for September 13, 2016, from 10:00am – 12:00pm ET, in Conference Suite A, Kentucky Department for Public Health.

To obtain information about attending this meeting or to obtain a copy of the new year block grant application, email Shelly Canada or call 502- 564-7996.


Last Updated 2/17/2017