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- Get Vaccinated Against Flu During National Influenza Vaccination Week
Friday, December 06, 2013
State public health officials are encouraging Kentuckians to get a flu vaccination during National Influenza Vaccination Week, Dec. 8-14, to reduce the spread of illness this holiday season.
- Food Safety Tips for the Holidays
Monday, November 25, 2013
Parties, family dinners and seasonal gatherings where food is served are traditional part of holiday cheer. This holiday season, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) urges consumers to take precautions in purchasing and preparing food items, and to pay close attention to good hygiene practices to combat foodborne illness this Thanksgiving and Christmas.
- State Honors Top Child Support Contracting Officials
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) has announced the state’s 20 top-performing child support collection partners, as well recognizing one that has made significant improvement during the past year.
- Montgomery County Selected as a HeartSafe Community
Monday, November 04, 2013
The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services and the Department for Public Health (DPH) announced today that Montgomery County is the next Kentucky county to earn the designation HeartSafe Community, an honor set aside for communities that have met criteria to better respond to cardiac arrests.
- Center will offer comprehensive medical care to foster children;
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
The Kentucky Commission for Children with Special Health Care Needs (CCSHCN) and the Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) are pleased to announce a new collaboration with the Home of the Innocents to serve the medical needs of children in foster care. Open Arms Children’s Heath, a service of Home of the Innocents, will provide primary care services to children in the Louisville area who are in out-of-home placements. The goal of the center is to meet the needs of children who often miss routine health care in a “one-stop” setting.
- State’s First Influenza Cases Reported
Monday, October 28, 2013
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct. 28, 2013) – The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) reported the first two positive influenza cases this week, indicating the presence of flu in Kentucky. The cases were from Henderson and Jefferson Counties.
- Food Benefits Set to Decrease Nov. 1 with Expiration of Stimulus Funding -- ARRA support of federal program ending
Thursday, October 24, 2013
The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) is notifying recipients of funding from the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – formerly known as food stamps – that they will see their benefits decrease beginning Nov. 1. The change is because increased benefits provided to SNAP by the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) in 2009 are set to expire. Congress has not voted to extend this stimulus funding.
- Food Safety Tips to Keep Your Halloween Safe
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Halloween is an especially enjoyable time of year for children as they attend Halloween parties and go trick-or-treating in their costumes. Some candy treats and snack foods can, however, quickly spoil the fun.
- Workshop to Address Communicating with Vulnerable Populations during Emergencies
Monday, October 14, 2013
The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) will host an interactive television (ITV) workshop from 10 a.m. to noon Eastern Time on Oct. 29 to address communicating with vulnerable populations during public health emergencies or other disasters.
- Bowling Green to Host Annual eHealth Summit
Monday, September 16, 2013
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 13, 2013)—Leaders in business, technology, health care, academia and government will gather in Bowling Green Sept. 17 for Kentucky’s annual e-Health summit, which brings together parties invested in advancing Health Information Technology (HIT) in Kentucky. The event will be held at the Sloan Convention Center, 1021 Wilkinson Trace, Bowling Green.
- Managed Care Contracts Awarded to Serve More Kentuckians Newly Eligible for Medicaid
Monday, September 16, 2013
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 13, 2013) – The Commonwealth of Kentucky has signed contracts with three managed care organizations (MCOs) to provide healthcare services to Kentuckians who will be newly eligible for coverage under the expansion of Medicaid, a provision of the Affordable Care Act.
- KARES Program Introduces New Website
Thursday, August 29, 2013
The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) has launched a new website http://www.chfs.ky.gov/os/oig/kares/ for the Kentucky Applicant Registry and Employment Screening (KARES) program. KARES is a voluntary fingerprint-supported state and FBI background check program launched by the OIG to help long-term care and other providers research the backgrounds of job applicants.
- Cabinet Awards kynector Grants
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 19, 2013)–The Cabinet for Health and Family Services’ Office of the Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange (KHBE) announced initial grant awards to agencies and organizations that will be known as “kynectors” to assist consumers who enroll for healthcare benefits through kynect, Kentucky’s Healthcare Connection. A second round of grants for certain geographic areas will be awarded later.
- Health Coverage Information, Wellness Tips Available at State Fair; State agency invites public to interactive display on Aug. 15-25
Monday, August 12, 2013
Visitors to the Kentucky State Fair in Louisville this month can get information about the state’s new health benefit exchange at the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) exhibit. A key element of the federal Affordable Care Act, the Commonwealth’s health benefit exchange is known as kynect: Kentucky’s Health Care Connection.
- Behavioral Health Receives $4 Million for System of Care Expansion
Monday, August 05, 2013
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 5, 2013)—Kentucky will enter into a $4 million, four-year cooperative agreement with the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to enhance services and supports for children and youth with behavioral health needs, and their families, the Kentucky Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities (BHDID) announced today.
- HIV/AIDS Conference focuses on ‘Faces of AIDS’
Thursday, August 01, 2013
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 1, 2013)—The Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Department for Public Health, is proud to announce the 2013 African American and Hispanic/Latino Leadership Conference (AAHLLC) on HIV/AIDS. This year’s theme is “Faces of AIDS.” This conference is an opportunity for representatives of community-based organizations, faith-based groups, government agencies, and others active in the field of HIV/AIDS to come together to focus on improving the services available to persons infected with and affected by HIV disease. The conference will be held Aug. 2-3, 2013 at the Clarion Hotel in Lexington, Ky.
- Breastfeeding Families Need Support
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
The 2013 World Breastfeeding Week will be celebrated Aug. 1-7 with health officials working to promote the importance of supporting breastfeeding families, the Kentucky Department for Public Health announced today. This message extends to fathers, family members, friends, employers and other key individuals who can play a role in the effort to build a supportive network for breastfeeding mothers.
- Kentucky Receives $3.8 Million in Service Grants; Funding will help tutor students, aid seniors, provide housing placement
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary Audrey Tayse Haynes today announced that 12 Kentucky AmeriCorps programs, will receive more than $3.8 million in new grant money.
- Cabinet for Health and Family Services Asks for Input on New Website
Thursday, July 25, 2013
FRANKFORT, KY (July 25, 2013) – The Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) is seeking the input of Kentucky residents to help reconstruct its website. Kentuckians can provide thoughts and insights into improving the usability and features of the website by filling out the online survey at: http://chfs.ky.gov/online_survey by Aug. 5.
- Flooding Creates Health, Safety Concerns
Thursday, July 11, 2013
The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) is reminding Kentuckians to follow safety guidelines in the wake of flooding and potential flooding in some areas of the state.
- Public Health Asks for Statewide Input on Health Assessment Survey
Tuesday, July 09, 2013
The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) is seeking the input of Kentucky residents for the state health improvement plan. Kentuckians can provide their thoughts and insights into improving the health of the Commonwealth by filling out the online survey at: http://chfs.ky.gov/dph/CenterforPerformanceManagement.htm by Aug. 1.
- Grants Help Fight Breast Cancer
Monday, July 08, 2013
Fourteen Kentucky agencies promoting breast cancer awareness, screening and access to services are this year’s recipients of grants from the Kentucky Breast Cancer Research and Education Trust Fund. The trust fund, administered by the Department for Public Health (DPH) in the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, recently announced the grant awards, totaling over $278,000.
- Kentucky Medicaid Commissioner Selected for Medicaid Leadership Institute
Friday, July 05, 2013
(FRANKFORT, Ky.) July 5, 2013– Governor Steve Beshear announced today that the commissioner of the Kentucky Medicaid program Lawrence Kissner is one of seven Medicaid directors chosen nationally to participate in the Medicaid Leadership Institute. The Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) directs this initiative, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), to build the capacity of Medicaid directors to transform their programs into national models for accessible, cost-effective care.
- Lt. Gov. Abramson Honors Exemplary Volunteers; Service from 2012 Recognized
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Fourteen groups and individuals from across the state were honored for their volunteer and service contributions today at a ceremony in Frankfort. Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson and Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) Secretary Audrey Tayse Haynes presented the Governor’s Awards for Volunteerism and Service at the Governor’s Mansion. The awards honored for service completed in 2012.
- Services Offered As Part of HIV Testing Day
Friday, June 14, 2013
In honor of National HIV Testing Day on June 27, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) is promoting routine HIV testing and awareness. The HIV/AIDS Branch in DPH provides mini-grants to community-based organizations and local health departments to host free testing events in order for individuals to learn their status and be linked to services when indicated.
- New Chief Medical Officer Joins Kentucky Medicaid
Thursday, June 13, 2013
FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 13, 2013) – The Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) announced today that Dr. John Langefeld has joined the Department for Medicaid Services as chief medical officer. He began work on June 1.