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What It Is

​The Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant (PHHSBG)  provides funding to the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to address health problems, prevent diseases and promote health. 

PHHSBG funds enable DPH to address priority health issues in the state and local communities and to minimize gaps in public health programs with limited or no state funding available.

DPH focuses PHHSBG funding to:

  • Develop and enhance state and local partnerships
  • Provide programmatic expertise through technical assistance and training
  • Develop collaborative leadership and coordination to reduce duplication
  • Address health equity and eliminate health disparities
  • Support local health departments through health coalitions
  • Develop sustainable evidence-based interventions
  • Improve functions and processes through Public Health Accreditation

PHHSBG legislation also requires grantees to be accountable for awarded funds by evaluating and reporting on program activities and health status indicators on a yearly basis. Block Grant Management Information Systems (BGMIS) enables states to complete an electronic annual report that includes this required information.

For additional information about the PHHSBG or a copy of the current year application, call (502) 564-7996 or email.

Priority Funding

Priority health issues receiving funding for 2017 and 2018 include the following areas:

Accreditation: Both the state and local health departments in Kentucky have identified strategies to improve their capacity to become accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board. They conduct community assessments, develop state or community health improvement plans, strategic plans and performance management plans.

Office of Health Equity (OHE): Provides training on health literacy and cultural competency, develops the Kentucky Minority Health Status Report and provides technical assistance to programs, health systems and organizations on how to improve policies and practices to address health disparities and health equity.

Community Health Action Teams (CHAT): Local health departments in Kentucky collaborate with hospitals, healthcare professionals, schools, universities, and other partners to develop strong community coalitions which prioritize their own health outcomes. Funds are awarded through a Request for Application (RFA) process.

Education and Workforce Development: Maintains modules, video training, and health workforce training to meet the needs of the public health workforce in Kentucky.

Kentucky Asthma Management Program: Develops a strong Kentucky Asthma Partnership; analyzes and disseminates data on asthma and the burden and cost of avoidable hospitalizations, lost workdays and quality of life. Develops tools for training school nurses, childcare providers and health professionals so that they can assist children and adults with asthma to manage their disease, create healthy homes and reduce the disparities that exist.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Program: Build capacity for addressing COPD in Kentucky, one of the leading causes of death and disability. Coordinate a state level advisory committee, develop fact sheets and a state strategic plan.

Cancer Prevention: Provides for the development of tools and training for professionals and public awareness activities to reduce the number of new cancer cases and increase early detection. Focus areas include colon cancer, pediatric cancer and lung cancer.

Kentucky Osteoporosis and Arthritis Program: Provides technical assistance in developing state and local strategies to decrease disability from falls, bone fractures and limited mobility. Strategies include those which impact the life continuum through prevention.

Sexual Assault Prevention and Rape Crisis: DPH contracts with the Department for Community Services (DCBS) and Rape Crisis Centers to fulfill this mandatory set-aside funding from the PHHSBG. Staff members from the Rape Crisis Centers implement sexual assault prevention strategies throughout communities. But when sexual assault has occurred, trained staff members address the needs of victims. 

Worksite Wellness: Provide for the development of a coordinated strategy to assist both large and small employers in Kentucky to develop comprehensive worksite wellness interventions by providing tools, training and employer recognition. 

Public Hearing

The Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant Advisory Committee holds public hearings for the purpose of public review and comment. 

The hearings are held at the Department for Public Health, 275 East Main Street, Frankfort, KY, 40621.

Requests for a copy of the grant application may be made in writing to the department by using the information listed in the Contact Information section.