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Free Health Screenings, Family Services Information Available at State Fair; CHFS exhibit in South Wing to feature information on electronic health records

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, August 16, 2011  
Contact Information:  Media Contact: Anya Armes Weber, (502) 564-6786,
ext. 3104; or Jill Midkiff, (502) 564-7042, ext. 3429
 


FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 16, 2011) – Visitors to the Kentucky State Fair in Louisville this month can get information to help their families’ health and well-being through free screenings and educational activities at the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) exhibit.

The interactive display, which will be located in the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center’s South Wing B, features a chance to speak one on one with health educators and learn more about family services.

CHFS Secretary Janie Miller said her staff working at the fair will encourage guests to make good lifestyle choices. 

“It’s a welcoming atmosphere, so visitors will have the chance to ask questions about how our services can improve their health or self-sufficiency,” she said.

The CHFS exhibit also features information about the Kentucky Health Information Exchange (KHIE),

the state’s new initiative surrounding the launch of electronic health records (EHRs). An EHR is a digitized copy of a person’s health record, essentially replacing the file folder that has typically held handwritten information about a patient. It generally contains information about a patient’s laboratory and radiology results, diagnoses, prescriptions and other treatment.

Polly Mullins-Bentley, deputy executive director of the Governor’s Office of Electronic Health Information, said KHIE’s message to the public is to “Make the Connection.”

“No matter how many doctors you see or in what cities, electronic records can always move with you,” Mullins-Bentley said. “The information is secure, and it gives rural medical centers greater access to technology than ever before.”

Mullins-Bentley said electronic health records can reduce medical errors by clearly highlighting information about allergies or other sensitive conditions. They may also prevent unnecessary prescriptions and treatments by noting drugs and tests that have already been ordered.

Other topics covered at the fair include tobacco cessation, diabetes management, finding quality child care, child support and services from referrals at public schools by family resource and youth services centers.

“These are the programs that can help when families are facing barriers to better health and success,” Miller said. “Our expert staff will be able to answer families’ questions to encourage them to take steps toward a positive lifestyle change.”

Staff will offer free daily blood pressure screenings, and body fat analysis will be available on several days.

Bone density screenings for women will be offered from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 21, and Sunday, Aug. 28.

Tobacco users who want to learn more about quitting can visit the fair on Saturday, Aug. 20, when staff from the Tobacco Prevention and Cessation program can provide information and referrals. The Respiratory Program will provide free lung health screenings.

Smoking is the No. 1 cause of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Secondhand smoke is one of the primary triggers for asthma.

On Friday, Aug. 26, the exhibit will feature an 8-foot by 20-foot walk-through replica of a colon. This educational model depicts what normal tissue, polyps and diseased, cancerous tissue look like. Program staff will offer tips for colon cancer prevention.

Health screenings are not a replacement for regular doctor visits, but, paired with counseling, they may indicate a concern to discuss in greater detail with a health care professional.

The exhibit also will feature information on recognizing and preventing abuse, finding quality child care and preventing prescription drug abuse. Programs such as diabetes education, childhood lead poisoning prevention, AmeriCorps service opportunities and the Special Needs Adoption Program will be highlighted as well.

Elder Kentuckians will be in the spotlight on Senior Day, Tuesday, Aug. 23, when staff from the Department for Aging and Independent Living, the Long-Term Care Ombudsman’s Office and the Department for Community Based Services’ Adult Safety Branch will answer questions. Also on Senior Day, staff from Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital will offer blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol testing from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

In the South Wing, the cabinet’s Nutrition Services Branch staff will assist visitors with the Rock and Relax room, sponsored by Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness and Baptist East Hospital. Parents can stop by to privately and comfortably nurse, feed or change their infants and learn about breastfeeding and baby safety.

Listed below is a calendar of daily and featured programs.

Exhibit buildings at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center are open daily from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Advance discount tickets, purchased at Kroger, are $8 for adults and $4 for seniors 55 and older and children ages 3 to 12. Beginning Aug. 18, tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for children and seniors.  Children 2 and younger get in free. Parking is $8 per vehicle.

For more information, visit kystatefair.org.

Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services 2011 State Fair Schedule

Programs Featured Daily
• Kentucky Health Information Exchange
• Blood Pressure Counseling

Thursday, Aug. 18
• Nutrition
• Public Health Lab Services
• Finding Quality Child Care
• Free Body Fat Analysis provided by Kentucky State University

Friday, Aug. 19
• Nutrition
• Finding Quality Child Care
• Women’s Health, University of Kentucky Cervical Cancer Prevention

Saturday, Aug. 20
• Tobacco Cessation
• Free Lung Health Screening for visitors 18 and older, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
• Abuse Reporting and Prevention

Sunday, Aug. 21
• Special Needs Adoption Program (SNAP) and Foster Care Recruitment
• Free Bone Density Screening for Women (18 and older) and Arthritis Prevention
• Abuse Reporting and Prevention
• Free Body Fat Analysis provided by Kentucky State University

Monday, Aug. 22
• Consumer Product Safety
• Family Resource and Youth Services Centers
• Children’s Mental Health
• Health Literacy
• Abuse Reporting and Prevention

Tuesday, Aug. 23 (Senior Day)
• Aging and Independent Living/long-Term Care Ombudsman
• Free Blood Sugar, Cholesterol and Blood Pressure Screenings – Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital; 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
• Adult Protective Services/Adult Safety

Wednesday, Aug. 24
• Diabetes Management
• Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention
• Child Support
• Abuse Reporting and Prevention

Thursday, Aug. 25
• Environmental Public Health Tracking Network
• Lead Poisoning Prevention
• Prescription Drug Prevention
• Child Support

Friday, Aug. 26
• Colon Cancer Prevention
• Public Health Preparedness
• Child Support

Saturday, Aug. 27
• Women’s Health
• Abuse Reporting and Prevention
• Oral Health
• Free Body Fat Analysis provided by Kentucky State University

Sunday, Aug. 28
• Special Needs Adoption Program (SNAP) and Foster Care Recruitment
• Free Bone Density Screening for Women (18 and older) and Arthritis Prevention


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Last Updated 8/16/2011