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- Follow Safe Sleep Recommendations for Infants
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) reminds parents to follow recommended safe sleep practices for infants, particularly during the colder winter months, which present different challenges for keeping babies warm and free from danger
- Public Health Reporting Widespread Flu Activity
Thursday, December 11, 2014
Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) officials reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this week that the influenza (flu) activity level in the state has increased from “regional” to “widespread.”
- Get Vaccinated Against Flu during National Influenza Vaccination Week
Friday, December 05, 2014
State public health officials are encouraging Kentuckians to get a flu vaccination during National Influenza Vaccination Week, Dec. 7-13, to reduce the spread of illness this holiday season.
- Marion County Selected as a HeartSafe Community
Thursday, December 04, 2014
The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services and the Department for Public Health (DPH) announced today that Marion County is the most recent Kentucky county to earn the designation of HeartSafe Community, an honor set aside for communities that have met criteria to better respond to cardiac arrests.
- Kentucky Public Health Observes World AIDS Day Dec. 1
Monday, December 01, 2014
World AIDS Day is being observed today around the globe on, celebrating successes in battling the epidemic and bringing into focus remaining challenges. The 2014 theme is “Getting to Zero:” Zero New Infections, Zero Discrimination and Zero AIDS Related Deaths.
- Remember Food Safety This Holiday Season
Friday, November 21, 2014
With Thanksgiving right around the corner – and food traditionally playing a large part in the festivities – the Department for Public Health (DPH) wants the public to keep safe food preparation and handling practices in mind.
Many holiday dinners incorporate meat and poultry, which are possible sources of foodborne disease – a serious public health concern that is more common than many people may realize. In fact, one in six Americans will get a foodborne illness this year.
- Governor Beshear Proclaims November Adoption Awareness Month; More families needed to care for waiting children
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Governor Steve Beshear has proclaimed November as Adoption Awareness Month in Kentucky, and the Kentucky Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) is thanking adoptive parents and reminding the public of the great need for more adoptive homes.
- State Honors Top Child Support Contracting Officials
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) has announced the state’s 20 top-performing child support collection partners, and recognized one that has made significant improvement during the past year.
- Pregnant Women Urged to Get a Flu Vaccination
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Pregnancy can increase the risk for complications from influenza (flu), such as pneumonia, making it even more important for expectant mothers to get a flu vaccination.
- New Report Reveals Many Kentucky Veterans Suffer from Arthritis
Monday, November 10, 2014
This Veteran’s Day the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) is raising awareness about a public health issue affecting a significant number of Kentucky veterans – arthritis.
- Electronic Death Reporting Becoming Mandatory
Wednesday, November 05, 2014
Coroners, funeral home personnel, physicians and others responsible for the registration of death certificates will soon be required to electronically file information needed to complete death certificates, using the Kentucky Electronic Death Registration System (KY-EDRS). The change will take effect Jan. 1, 2015, phasing out the paper-based system currently used by the Office of Vital Statistics in conjunction with electronic reporting.
- Kentucky Department for Public Health Leading State’s Ebola Preparedness Efforts
Thursday, October 16, 2014
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct. 16, 2014) – The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) is coordinating multiple efforts related to Ebola preparedness to increase the level of readiness for hospitals, local health departments, other health providers and partners to deal with any potential cases of Ebola in the state in the unlikely event of such an occurrence. There have been no cases of Ebola reported in Kentucky at this time.
- Providers Receiving Child Care Assistance Funds Must Join State’s Quality Rating System; Changes slated to take effect in August 2015
Thursday, October 16, 2014
The Cabinet for Health and Family Services today announced proposed changes that will improve access to high-quality child care for children who qualify for the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP).
- Workshop to Address Communicating wtih Vulnerable Populations during Emergencies
Wednesday, October 08, 2014
The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) will host an interactive television (ITV) workshop from 10 a.m. to noon Eastern time on Oct. 22 to address communicating with vulnerable populations during public health emergencies or other disasters.
- Public Health Issues Call to Action for Preventing Obesity
Thursday, October 02, 2014
The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) is challenging early child care providers, education professionals, parents and health advocates to join them in the fight to end childhood obesity.
- Foster Families Have a New Health Services Provider; HealthFirst Bluegrass now serving children in out-of-home care
Wednesday, October 01, 2014
The Commission for Children with Special Health Care Needs (CCSHCN) is announcing changes to the services available for children in out-of-home care placements.
As of Oct. 1, children in out-of-home or foster care will be able to receive primary care at HealthFirst Bluegrass locations in Lexington instead of the CCSHCN’s Thomas H. Pinkstaff Medical Home Clinic at 333 Waller Ave. in Lexington.
- Public Health Urges Consumers to Avoid Unpasteurized Milk
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
The Kentucky Department for Public Health is warning consumers about the dangers of consuming unpasteurized milk as well as other products that could lead to disease-producing E. coli infection, following a recent outbreak in North Central Kentucky and the hospitalization of four children.
- KHIE Unveils myhealthnow websit
Thursday, September 18, 2014
The Kentucky Health Information Exchange (KHIE) today unveiled a new tool to help patients access their personal medical records and information via the Internet. The project, a patient portal called myhealthnow, was previewed during KHIE’s annual eHealth Summit in Louisville.
- KHIE Unveils myhealthnow website
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
The Kentucky Health Information Exchange (KHIE) today unveiled a new tool to help patients access their personal medical records and information via the iInternet. The project, a patient portal called myhealthnow, was previewed during KHIE’s annual eHealth Summit in Louisville.
- Kentuckians Pledge to Get Things Done through AmeriCorps; 450 Kentucky members take part in national pledge to launch service year
Friday, September 12, 2014
Today in a nationwide, simultaneous swearing-in of AmeriCorps members and alumni, 450 Kentuckians from across the state gathered in Louisville to pledge to “get things done” as they begin a year of service to their communities.
- Kentucky AmeriCorps Members Package Meals to Fight Hunger; Food benefit project marks the AmeriCorps 20th anniversary and 9/11 Day of Service
Friday, September 12, 2014
More than 400 AmeriCorps members helped to package 63,762 vitamin-fortified meals Thursday as part of the national AmeriCorps 20th anniversary celebration and the annual 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance (9/11 Day).
- Health Coverage Information and Wellness Tips Available at Kentucky State Fair
Friday, August 08, 2014
Visitors to the Kentucky State Fair in Louisville this month can get information about Governor Steve Beshear’s new health initiative and updates about the state’s health benefit exchange at the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) exhibit.
- Applications Now Being Accepted for Child Care Assistance Program; Families can begin application process with ease online
Wednesday, August 06, 2014
The Kentucky Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) is now accepting new applications for its Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) through the Child Care Council (3C’s) of Kentucky, a nonprofit offering access to affordable, quality care and education.
- Medicaid Managed Care Forums for Providers Scheduled
Friday, August 01, 2014
- 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.