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- Gov. Beshear Honors Exemplary Volunteers
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Governor Steve Beshear today honored 14 groups and individuals from across the state for their volunteer and service contributions at a ceremony in Frankfort.
- Madison County Group Receives Award for Elder Abuse Prevention
Friday, July 18, 2014
A Richmond community group has received an award from the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) to help its efforts to stop elder abuse. CHFS presented the Public Awareness Initiative award for $250 to the Madison County Council for Elder Maltreatment Prevention (CEMP) at a conference focusing on elder abuse prevention last month.
- New Office Offers Support for Children and Adults with Autism
Thursday, July 17, 2014
The Commission for Children with Special Health Care Needs (CCSHCN) has announced a new Office of Autism has been established at the agency.
- Health Collaborative to Look at Best Practices for Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
The state’s maternal and child health leaders are working together to address the rising number of infants born with neonatal abstinence syndrome, the condition caused by exposure to narcotics during pregnancy. The initiative, from the Kentucky Perinatal Quality Collaborative, brings together representatives from the Kentucky Department for Public Health, Kentucky Perinatal Association and the March of Dimes, among others.
- Chikungunya Case Confirmed in Kentuckian Who Recently Traveled Abroad
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 24, 2014) – The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) has received lab results confirming the first case of the mosquito-borne chikungunya virus, also called CHIKV, in an Anderson County resident who recently traveled to Haiti. Results for nine possible cases in other individuals who recently traveled to the same region are still pending, but are expected to be positive.
- Some Kentuckians Eligible for Special Enrollment Through kynect
Friday, June 20, 2014
FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 20, 2014) – Although the next kynect open enrollment does not begin until November 15, several groups of Kentuckians are currently eligible for a special enrollment opportunity through kynect. These groups include COBRA participants and some individuals purchasing coverage in the individual market. Eligible individuals, including foster children aging out of the foster care system, can also apply for Medicaid at any time using kynect.
- Lee Specialty Clinic Opens Doors
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Louisville, Ky. (June 11, 2014) - Governor Steve Beshear and state Rep. Jimmie Lee, of Elizabethtown, joined Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary Audrey Tayse Haynes and behavioral health advocates today for the opening of a new health care clinic created specifically to meet the needs of individuals with behavioral and intellectual disabilities.
- Lexington Pediatrician Receives CDC Recognition
Friday, May 23, 2014
Grace F. Maguire, MD, a pediatrician with the Thomas H. Pinkstaff Medical Home Clinic in Lexington, has been named Childhood Immunization Champion in Kentucky by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for her outstanding efforts to promote childhood immunization in central Kentucky.
- Social Services Leader Honored
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Kentucky Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) Commissioner Teresa James was nominated and recently selected for induction into the University of Kentucky College of Social Work’s Hall of Fame Award by her peers.
- Learn More About Viral Hepatitis and Assess Your Risk
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Each May, public health officials around the country work to raise awareness about the health impact of viral hepatitis, a significant but often under recognized public health concern. In addition, May 19 has been designated as National Hepatitis Testing Day in the United States as an added measure to help educate the public about the disease and promote the importance of screening.
- May Is Asthma Awareness Month
Wednesday, May 07, 2014
Asthma takes an enormous toll on Kentucky in terms of disability, diminished quality of life, lost work productivity and health care costs. Throughout May, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) will be raising awareness of the impact of the disease on the Commonwealth and conducting outreach through the Kentucky Asthma Partnership to health care providers and schools to help children and adults living with asthma.
- Social Services Offices Implementing New Office Procedures
Friday, April 18, 2014
FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 18, 2014) – The Kentucky Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) is implementing new office procedures for walk-in customer benefit interviews at its family support offices. The new office procedures have been tested in 28 counties with great success. The change starts Monday, April 21, 2014 at all county DCBS offices.
- Oldham County Is Healthiest in Kentucky
Friday, March 28, 2014
- Focus on Public Health
Friday, March 28, 2014
The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) is working to promote National Public Health Week, an annual observance that focuses on critical public health issues to raise awareness and help people live longer, healthier lives. This year’s theme, “Public Health: Start Here,” positions public health professionals as the community’s guide through the public health system to help them achieve and maintain better health by effectively navigating the available choices.
- March 24 Is World TB Day
Monday, March 24, 2014
As part of its ongoing work to educate the public about tuberculosis (TB) and prevent the spread of the disease, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) is reminding the state that March 24 is World TB Day.
- Public Health Receives Grant for Obesity Prevention Efforts
Friday, February 28, 2014
The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) is helping numerous early care and education centers in the state improve nutrition and physical activity standards for young children by promoting targeted health policies and practices and providing training to the child care, Headstart, and pre-K communities.
- Gov. Beshear Proclaims March Sexual Assault Awareness Month; Kickoff event spotlights prevention efforts
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
The prevention and advocacy efforts of several groups and individuals were highlighted today as part of the kickoff of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The Capitol Rotunda event was cosponsored by the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) and the Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs (KASAP). Governor Steve Beshear has signed a proclamation declaring March as Sexual Assault Awareness Month in Kentucky.
- New Screening Added to Birthing Hospitals
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Kentucky’s birthing hospitals have implemented a crucial screening for newborns, adding pulse oximetry testing for Critical Congenital Heart Disease to the list of routine newborn screenings. For early detection of this life-threatening birth defect, the testing is now performed on every infant before hospital discharge.
- Nominations Sought for Governor’s Volunteer Awards; Deadline is Feb. 26
Tuesday, February 04, 2014
Nominations are now being accepted for the annual Governor’s Awards for Volunteerism and Service, honoring service completed in 2013.
- Follow Safe Sleep Recommendations for Infants
Friday, January 31, 2014
The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) is reminding parents to follow recommended safe sleep practices for infants, particularly during the colder winter months that present different challenges for keeping babies warm and free from danger.