Health and Family Services Cabinet
Help Your Community Prevent Heart Disease and Stroke
Public Health to Host Regional Meetings
The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) and the Kentucky Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Task Force are teaming up to address two of the most serious health concerns in the commonwealth – heart disease and stroke.
Beginning later this month, DPH and the task force will host a series of regional meetings where members of the public can voice their concerns and ideas about preventing heart disease and implementing a statewide action plan.
“Heart disease and stroke affect thousands of Kentuckians and pose a major public health problem,” said William Hacker, M.D., acting undersecretary for health and DPH commissioner. “The increasing burden of heart disease and stroke continues to adversely affect the quality of life of many Kentuckians. We want to hear from members of the public to help us increase public awareness and get more people involved in heart disease and stroke prevention.”
According to DPH, heart disease and stroke are the No. 1 and No. 3 cause of death in Kentucky, putting the commonwealth in the top 10 states for heart disease and stroke mortality. In 2003, the total expenditures in Kentucky for treating these diseases were over $1.36 billion.
All members of the public are encouraged to attend the regional meetings to share concerns and ideas for the state plan. (Unless noted, all times are Eastern Standard Time.) The meetings will be at the following locations:
· Paducah: Carson Center, 5 to 7 p.m., March 25 (CST)
· Bowling Green: Carroll Knicely Center, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., April 15 (CST)
· Somerset: Center for Rural Development, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., April 29
· Hazard: Primary Care Center of Eastern Kentucky, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., May 1
· Louisville: Masterson’s Conference Center, 5 to 8 p.m., May 13
Registration can be completed on the Kentucky TRAIN Web site at www.ky.train.org. The Web site will provide detailed information about the locations and times for the regional meetings. For more information, contact Bonita Bobo at BonitaA.Bobo@ky.gov or (502) 564-7996, ext. 3625.