Health and Family Services Cabinet - Recent Headlines

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  • Get Vaccinated Against Flu During National Influenza Vaccination Week
    Wednesday, December 02, 2015
    State public health officials are encouraging Kentuckians to get a flu vaccination during National Influenza Vaccination Week, Dec. 6-12, to reduce the spread of illness this holiday season.
  • Kentuckians Pledge to Get Things Done through AmeriCorps; 350 new and returning members begin service year
    Friday, September 11, 2015
    Today, more than 350 first- and second-year AmeriCorps members took a pledge to “get things done” in Kentucky as they embark on a year of service to their fellow Kentuckians across the state. AmeriCorps members serve in one of 12 AmeriCorps state programs serving 78 counties where they will help address unmet local human service needs. About 30 percent of the members in this year’s class are second-year members.
  • Lt. Gov. Luallen Honors Exemplary Volunteers; Service from 2014 recognized during ceremony at Governor’s Mansion
    Wednesday, July 29, 2015
    Lieutenant Governor Crit Luallen honored 14 groups and individuals from across the Commonwealth for their volunteer and service contributions today at a ceremony in Frankfort. Lt. Gov. Luallen and Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) Secretary Audrey Tayse Haynes presented the Governor’s Service Awards at the Governor’s Mansion. The awards honored service completed in 2014.
  • Groups Receive Award for Elder Abuse Prevention
    Thursday, July 16, 2015
    Two community groups have received awards from the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) to help their efforts to stop elder abuse.At a conference focusing on elder abuse prevention last month, CHFS presented two Public Awareness Initiative awards – one for $400 to the Kentucky River Council Against the Maltreatment of Elders (CAME) and another for $250 to the Big Sandy Elder Abuse Council.
  • New Hotline Helps Kinship Relatives Caring for Children; Caregivers can get answers, support from toll-free phone line
    Thursday, June 11, 2015
    The Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) has launched a Kinship Support Hotline to provide continued assistance to kinship relatives. The hotline provides kinship relatives the chance to address program issues, talk about problems or ask questions. Local office staff will answer hotline calls.
  • Winter Storm Leaves Behind Potential Water, Food Safety Risks
    Friday, February 27, 2015
    Many private residences, businesses, schools and other public facilities across the Commonwealth, especially in eastern Kentucky, have been impacted or closed for an extended period of time following the recent winter storm, creating the potential for increased risks related to water and food safety.
  • Nominations Sought for Governor’s Service Awards; Deadline is Feb. 18
    Friday, January 16, 2015
    It’s time to consider making a nomination for one of the 2015 Governor’s Service Awards. To honor these individuals and groups and highlight the impact of volunteerism and service, the Kentucky Commission on Community Volunteerism and Service (KCCVS), an agency of the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, is now accepting nominations for the awards, which honor service completed in 2014.
  • Follow Safe Sleep Recommendations for Infants
    Wednesday, December 17, 2014
    The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) reminds parents to follow recommended safe sleep practices for infants, particularly during the colder winter months, which present different challenges for keeping babies warm and free from danger
  • Public Health Reporting Widespread Flu Activity
    Thursday, December 11, 2014
    Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) officials reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this week that the influenza (flu) activity level in the state has increased from “regional” to “widespread.”
  • Get Vaccinated Against Flu during National Influenza Vaccination Week
    Friday, December 05, 2014
    State public health officials are encouraging Kentuckians to get a flu vaccination during National Influenza Vaccination Week, Dec. 7-13, to reduce the spread of illness this holiday season.
  • Marion County Selected as a HeartSafe Community
    Thursday, December 04, 2014
    The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services and the Department for Public Health (DPH) announced today that Marion County is the most recent Kentucky county to earn the designation of HeartSafe Community, an honor set aside for communities that have met criteria to better respond to cardiac arrests.
  • Kentucky Public Health Observes World AIDS Day Dec. 1
    Monday, December 01, 2014
    World AIDS Day is being observed today around the globe on, celebrating successes in battling the epidemic and bringing into focus remaining challenges. The 2014 theme is “Getting to Zero:” Zero New Infections, Zero Discrimination and Zero AIDS Related Deaths.
  • Remember Food Safety This Holiday Season
    Friday, November 21, 2014
    With Thanksgiving right around the corner – and food traditionally playing a large part in the festivities – the Department for Public Health (DPH) wants the public to keep safe food preparation and handling practices in mind. Many holiday dinners incorporate meat and poultry, which are possible sources of foodborne disease – a serious public health concern that is more common than many people may realize. In fact, one in six Americans will get a foodborne illness this year.
  • Governor Beshear Proclaims November Adoption Awareness Month; More families needed to care for waiting children
    Thursday, November 20, 2014
    Governor Steve Beshear has proclaimed November as Adoption Awareness Month in Kentucky, and the Kentucky Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) is thanking adoptive parents and reminding the public of the great need for more adoptive homes.
  • State Honors Top Child Support Contracting Officials
    Tuesday, November 18, 2014
    The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) has announced the state’s 20 top-performing child support collection partners, and recognized one that has made significant improvement during the past year.
  • Pregnant Women Urged to Get a Flu Vaccination
    Thursday, November 13, 2014
    Pregnancy can increase the risk for complications from influenza (flu), such as pneumonia, making it even more important for expectant mothers to get a flu vaccination.
  • New Report Reveals Many Kentucky Veterans Suffer from Arthritis
    Monday, November 10, 2014
    This Veteran’s Day the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) is raising awareness about a public health issue affecting a significant number of Kentucky veterans – arthritis.
  • Electronic Death Reporting Becoming Mandatory
    Wednesday, November 05, 2014
    Coroners, funeral home personnel, physicians and others responsible for the registration of death certificates will soon be required to electronically file information needed to complete death certificates, using the Kentucky Electronic Death Registration System (KY-EDRS). The change will take effect Jan. 1, 2015, phasing out the paper-based system currently used by the Office of Vital Statistics in conjunction with electronic reporting.
  • Kentucky Department for Public Health Leading State’s Ebola Preparedness Efforts
    Thursday, October 16, 2014
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct. 16, 2014) – The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) is coordinating multiple efforts related to Ebola preparedness to increase the level of readiness for hospitals, local health departments, other health providers and partners to deal with any potential cases of Ebola in the state in the unlikely event of such an occurrence. There have been no cases of Ebola reported in Kentucky at this time.
  • Providers Receiving Child Care Assistance Funds Must Join State’s Quality Rating System; Changes slated to take effect in August 2015
    Thursday, October 16, 2014
    The Cabinet for Health and Family Services today announced proposed changes that will improve access to high-quality child care for children who qualify for the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP).