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Who We Are

The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) is responsible for developing and operating state public health programs and activities for the citizens of Kentucky. The mission of DPH is to improve the health and safety of people in Kentucky through prevention, promotion and protection. 

The department oversees programs designed to improve the lives of citizens and visitors through prevention of negative health outcomes, promotion of healthy lifestyles and protection from diseases, injury and environmental health impacts. DPH has almost 150 different programs to help Kentuckians become healthier in cooperation with its partners such as local health departments, universities, private providers, etc. To support many of these programs, the department relies on high-quality data to guide decision making at the state and local levels such as the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Immunization Registry and Office of Vital Statistics.

The department is organized into seven divisions with the Commissioner's Office providing oversight and support for the divisions and programs. The Office of Health Equity and the Public Health Nursing Office are located in the Commissioner's Office. More information about each division can be found on the links at the left of this page.


Agency News

52 Weeks of Public Health

The 52 Weeks of Public Health Campaign is designed to highlight the impact of health programs on the lives of Kentuckians. Throughout the campaign, public health professionals will share weekly reminders on the many ways Kentuckians benefit from public health. Visit this page each week for tips for healthy Kentucky living or follow us on Facebook.

DownloadPublished Date
Week 12 - Diabetes Alert Day3/27/2018
Week 11 - World TB Day3/24/2018
Week 10 - National Nutrition Month3/9/2018
Week 9 - National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month3/2/2018
Week 8 - National Children's Dental Month2/21/2018
Week 7 - Congenital Heart Defects Month2/14/2018
Week 6 - American Heart Month2/9/2018
Week 5 - Radon Action Month1/31/2018
Week 3 - Folic Acid: A Critical Component in Preventing Birth Defects1/27/2018
Week 4 - Cervical Cancer Awareness Month1/24/2018
Week 2 - Cold Weather Safety1/4/2018
Week 1 - National Birth Defects Prevention Month1/2/2018
Week 38 - Eating Healthy Around the Holiday12/25/2017
Week 37 - Toy Safety12/18/2017
Week 36 - Kentucky Prescription Assistance Program12/11/2017
Week 35 - National Influenza Vaccination Week12/4/2017
Week 32 - The Great American Smokeout11/16/2017
Week 33 - Frying a Turkey11/15/2017
Week 31 - National Diabetes Month11/8/2017
Week 30 - Prematurity Awareness Month11/1/2017
Week 29 - Resources for Kentucky Children with Down Syndrome10/25/2017
Week 28 - Sudden Infant Death (SIDS) Awareness Month10/18/2017
Week 27 - National Dental Hygiene Month10/11/2017
Week 26 - Breast Cancer Screening10/4/2017
Week 24 - Childhood Obesity Awareness Month9/20/2017
Week 25 - Eat More! Fill Your Plate with Fruits & Veggies9/20/2017
Week 23 - Newborn Screening Awareness9/13/2017
Week 21 - Keeping Your Fair Food Safe8/23/2017
Week 20 - Eclipse8/16/2017
Week 19 - Prediabetes Awareness8/10/2017
Week 17 - World Hepatitis Day7/26/2017
Week 18 - Cleft and Craniofacial Defects7/26/2017
Week 16 - Milk Safety7/21/2017
Week 15 - Summer Heat Safety7/12/2017
Week 14 - Avoid Exposure to Rabies7/5/2017
Week 13 - Leave Fireworks to the Pros6/26/2017
Week 12 - Scoliosis6/20/2017
Week 11 - COPD National Action Plan6/12/2017
Week 10 - Men's Health6/5/2017
Week 9 - Arthritis Awareness Month5/29/2017