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Cabinet for Health and Family Services discusses public health response to Hepatitis A outbreak

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services has announced its support for a legislative resolution calling for an examination of the public health response to Kentucky’s hepatitis A outbreak.

State Response to Hep A outbreak

The Cabinet is supportive of a legislative resolution calling for an examination of the Public Health response to Kentucky’s hepatitis a outbreak. At the same time, Cabinet and health department leaders across the state are taking exception to a series of negative newspaper reports that ignored the positive aspects of Kentucky's Hep A response. It's all discussed at this press conference. Purchase District Health Department Pennyrile District Health Department Lincoln Trail District Health Department North Central District Health Department Three Rivers District Health Department Northern Kentucky Health Department WEDCO District Health Department & Home Health Agency Buffalo Trace District Health Department Gateway District Health Department Kentucky River District Health Department Cumberland Valley District Health Department Lake Cumberland District Health Department Barren River District Health Department State Senator Morgan Mcgarvey Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness Headquarters Ralph Alvarado Kentucky Public Health Association

Posted by Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services on Friday, March 1, 2019

Department for Public Health leaders welcome the opportunity to explain the situation to legislators and work collaboratively to identify best practices, service delivery gaps, and other attributes of the response in order to strengthen the public health system’s ability to respond to current and future outbreaks.

The cabinet also took exception to a series of newspaper reports that highlighted the negative, claiming some have ignored positive aspects of the state’s response.

A number of local health department leaders voiced support for the state’s leadership and response at today’s press conference.

Several supporting documents from the event have been posted online.

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services is home to most of the state’s human services and healthcare programs, including the Department for Medicaid Services. CHFS is one of the largest agencies in state government, with nearly 8,000 full- and part-time employees located across the Commonwealth focused on improving the lives and health of Kentuckians.


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