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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 are used to address priority state and local health issues and minimize gaps in public health programs with limited or no state funding available.

PHHSBG funding:

  • Develops and enhances state and local partnerships
  • Provides programmatic expertise through technical assistance and training
  • Develops collaborative leadership and coordination to reduce duplication
  • Addresses health equity and eliminate health disparities
  • Supports local health departments through health coalitions
  • Develops sustainable evidence-based interventions
  • Improves functions and processes through public health accreditation

PHHSBG legislation requires accountability by evaluating and reporting on program activities and health status indicators each year with assistance from block grant management information systems.

For additional information about the PHHSBG or a copy of the current year application, call (502) 564-7996 ext. 4452 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: 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 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 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. Trained staff members address the needs of victims. 

Worksite Wellness: Develop 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 Hearings

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

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.

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