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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 PHHSBG, 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


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 will hold a public hearing on May 22, 2:30 pm for the purpose of public review and comment on the 2017 grant application. 

The hearing will be held at the Department for Public Health, 275 East Main Street, Frankfort, Kentucky  40621. 

For information or a copy of the grant application call the Chronic Disease Prevention and Control Branch, Department for Public Health, 275 East Main Street, HS2WE, Frankfort, Kentucky  40621, (502) 564-7996 Ext 4431 or 4448, or contact by email.


Last Updated 8/29/2017