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The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) is responsible for developing, monitoring and operating state public health programs and activities that affect the quality of life of all 4.4 million Kentuckians. The department oversees a variety of programs designed to improve the lives of our citizens and visitors through prevention of negative health outcomes, promotion of healthy lifestyles and protection from diseases, injury and environmental health impacts 

DPH as authorized by KRS 211.025 and 211.180, supervises and assists all local boards of health and 61 local health departments serving all 120 Kentucky counties. The department relies on local health departments to carry out core public health activities required by statute or regulation, and to provide preventive services to specific populations mandated by budget appropriations. 

DPH has identified the following seven core public health services that are required at the local level, either through local health departments or by another provider:  

  • Enforcement of public health regulations
  • Surveillance of public health
  • Communicable disease control
  • Public health education
  • Public health policy development
  • Reduction of risk to families and children
  • Disaster preparedness 

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DPH Commissioner

Angela Tackett Dearinger, M.D. is board certified in internal medicine, pediatrics, public health and general preventive medicine. She is an associate professor at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. She served as assistant dean of accreditation in graduate medical education and as associate chief of staff for education at the Lexington VA Health Care System.

After graduating from Transylvania University and the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Dearinger completed her residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. After residency, she returned to UK for a master educator academic fellowship in internal medicine. During that time, she completed a master's degree in public health at the UK College of Public Health. Public health gave her a broader perspective of individual health, population health and the health care system.

Dearinger helped create the Kentucky Public Health Research Network, the first public health practice-based research network in Kentucky. Last year she was appointed to the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure.

Originally from Paintsville, KY, she now lives in Versailles with her husband and three children.

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