Governor's Office for Local Development
Governor Approves Grant for Bracken Health Department Expansion

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, May 21, 2008  
Contact Information:  Cindy Lanham

FRANKFORT, KY (May 21, 2008) –  Gov. Steve Beshear, in conjunction with the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD), has announced the approval of a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for the expansion and renovation of the existing Bracken County  Health Department. 

This grant, in addition to other state and local funds, will be used to construct a 3,664 sq ft extension that will allow for more programs and services for patients.  The modifications will also ensure handicap accessibility and meet the privacy and security requirements as outlined in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). 

“We know the additional space and upgrades will allow our staff and nurses do the best job possible in serving the community now and also helping us grow in the future,” said Tony Cox, Administrator of the Bracken County Health Department.  “We’ll be able to increase our patient load to treat illnesses and offer educational classes, diabetes testing and preventative care to create awareness.  We believe the results will help lower health care costs for individuals and the county.” 

Kentucky’s U. S. Congressional leaders’ continued support of the CDBG program has made the funding available nationally as well as within the commonwealth.  The state’s CDBG program is managed by GOLD and funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  Approved grants are used to assist counties and cities in revitalizing neighborhoods, expanding affordable housing and economic opportunities, providing infrastructure and/or improving community facilities and services.