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Who We Are

The Division of Women’s Health promotes preventive women's health care in partnership with local agencies by providing education, facilitating access and assuring quality services in the areas of breast and cervical cancer, family planning, adolescent health and domestic violence.  

Vision Statement 

Empowering women and girls to achieve optimal health and well-being. Created by the Kentucky General Assembly, the Office of Women's Health is authorized and required to:

  • Be a reliable source of data and information on women's health;
  • Recommend measures of women's health and well-being for study and reporting; and
  • Administer a Women's Health Resource Center focusing on preventive and comprehensive health education.

Breast Cancer Research and Education Trust Fund

The Kentucky Breast Cancer Awareness license plate is available from your county clerk. Displaying the Breast Cancer Awareness license plate is a wonderful way to pay tribute to the many Kentuckians and others affected by this disease and to raise awareness of the importance of regular breast cancer screening and early detection.

Legislation passed in 2005 established the Breast Cancer Research and Education Trust Fund (BCTF) as a means to further enhance Kentucky's efforts to reduce the incidence and mortality rate of breast cancer in Kentucky.

County clerk offices charge $44 for the initial purchase of a license plate. Of that, $28 goes to the state and $6 to the county and $10 goes to the Breast Cancer Trust Fund. 

Kentuckians also support the work of the trust fund by using a special checkoff option to contribute all or a portion of their Kentucky state income tax returns. Tax refund contributions to the trust fund will be used to advance promising Kentucky programs promoting breast cancer research, education, treatment, screening and awareness. The Breast Cancer Research and Education Trust Fund funds community grants that support local efforts to reduce the incidence of breast cancer. For more information regarding the BCTF grant funds see hyperlink to grant application.

FY 2020 Breast Cancer Trust Fund Application Process

The mission of the Breast Cancer Research and Education Trust Fund is to enhance efforts to reduce breast cancer incidence and mortality. These efforts target the program needs and challenges specific to underserved population groups and geographic regions.

Eligible grant applicants include nonprofit entities, educational institutions and government agencies in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Each applicant must offer a program or service that seeks to address the needs of the commonwealth.

The trust fund application is available in electronic format. Applicants will submit an application electronically, while mailing only one hard copy to the Division of Women's Health. The open-ended questions on the online application have a 20-minute completion time limit. To ensure meeting the 20-minute time limit, prepare your answers to these questions before beginning that section of the application. 

For any questions regarding how to fill out the application, please call or email Cindy Arflack at (502) 564-3236, ext. 4156. Applications are due by the postmarked date of Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. A detailed budget is required for all applicants. Please be sure to include your budget outline on the application.  If submitting forms electronically, please provide files in Microsoft Word format.

Current BCTF Grantees

BCTF application

Kentucky Women's Health Registry

The Kentucky Women's Health Registry is designed to enhance state efforts to track health trends across generations of Kentucky women. The registry will provide a better understanding of the impact of geographic, cultural, socioeconomic and other factors on the health of women in the commonwealth.

Research has shown that women and men respond differently to some medical treatments, present with different symptoms for the same diseases and generally experience health issues in different ways. Women also encounter stressors and other health influences that may affect their health differently than men.

According to Leslie J. Crofford, M.D., director of the UK Center for the Advancement of Women's Health, one of the objectives of the registry is to generate long-term health research data to improve the design and delivery of treatment and prevention options based on Kentucky women's needs. The registry may also help increase women's participation in UK medical research.

Registry participants receive health information and periodic status reports. Clinical trials offered through the registry program offer women access to new drugs and alternative therapies, specialty physicians, support systems and, in some cases, monetary compensation.

All personal information is safeguarded and confidential. Medical researchers must meet rigorous approval and screening criteria to qualify for access to registry information. Participation in both the registry and associated clinical trials is voluntary. 

You may also request a mail-in survey by calling (859) 323-5709 or toll-free (800) 929-2320.

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