Health and Family Services Cabinet - Recent Headlines
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- 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).
- Workshop to Address Communicating wtih Vulnerable Populations during Emergencies
Wednesday, October 08, 2014
The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) will host an interactive television (ITV) workshop from 10 a.m. to noon Eastern time on Oct. 22 to address communicating with vulnerable populations during public health emergencies or other disasters.
- Public Health Issues Call to Action for Preventing Obesity
Thursday, October 02, 2014
The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) is challenging early child care providers, education professionals, parents and health advocates to join them in the fight to end childhood obesity.
- Foster Families Have a New Health Services Provider; HealthFirst Bluegrass now serving children in out-of-home care
Wednesday, October 01, 2014
The Commission for Children with Special Health Care Needs (CCSHCN) is announcing changes to the services available for children in out-of-home care placements.
As of Oct. 1, children in out-of-home or foster care will be able to receive primary care at HealthFirst Bluegrass locations in Lexington instead of the CCSHCN’s Thomas H. Pinkstaff Medical Home Clinic at 333 Waller Ave. in Lexington.
- Public Health Urges Consumers to Avoid Unpasteurized Milk
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
The Kentucky Department for Public Health is warning consumers about the dangers of consuming unpasteurized milk as well as other products that could lead to disease-producing E. coli infection, following a recent outbreak in North Central Kentucky and the hospitalization of four children.
- KHIE Unveils myhealthnow websit
Thursday, September 18, 2014
The Kentucky Health Information Exchange (KHIE) today unveiled a new tool to help patients access their personal medical records and information via the Internet. The project, a patient portal called myhealthnow, was previewed during KHIE’s annual eHealth Summit in Louisville.