A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Farm Safety and Health Week coming: Ag Com. Quarles urges farmers, motorists to take extra care

Farmers put their health, and even their lives, on the line to provide the food and fiber we all depend on, Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said in proclaiming the week of Sept. 16-22 as Farm Safety and Health Week. “Farmers encounter many hazards in their work from machinery, livestock, chemicals, extreme weather, and other factors,” Quarles said. “A death or injury on the farm is a tragedy...

Public health officials launch information campaign to increase disaster preparedness efforts

The Kentucky Department for Public Health, within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, is launching the First 72 On You information campaign during the month of September, which is National Preparedness Month. The goal of First 72 On You is to increase emergency preparedness efforts for Kentuckians and their families. When disasters such as flooding, record snowfalls, deadly tornadoes and wildfires...

State moves ahead on Kentucky HEALTH plan that federal judge has vacated; hoping for waiver

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Though Kentucky’s proposed Medicaid plan was vacated by a federal judge just days before it was set to go into effect on July 1, regulations for the changes have been proposed, and public comments were taken at a hearing Aug. 27. The new plan, called Kentucky HEALTH for “Helping to Engage and Achieve Long Term Health,” would require able-bodied...

Healthy Aging Month: Time to think about eye exams and maintaining healthy eyes and vision

According to a national survey released by the American Academy of Ophthalmology, nearly two out of three American adults report having eye or vision problems. A significant percentage of them, however, fail to seek medical attention in the form of regular, sight-saving eye exams. In observance of Healthy Aging Month in September, the Kentucky Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons joins the American...

Kentucky Health News: CDC study shows state has high rate of addicted mothers — and it’s rising

By Melissa Patrick and Al Cross Kentucky Health News Kentucky has had a very high rate of opioid-use disorder among women delivering babies in hospitals, according to a study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In Kentucky, 19.3 mothers out of every 1,000 who gave birth in a hospital in 2014 had an opioid-use disorder. Among the 30 states studied, only two were ahead of Kentucky:...

Panel tells legislative committee Kentucky Medicaid faces nearly $300 million 2-year shortfall

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky’s Medicaid program faces a massive shortfall over the next two years, according to a presentation made to a legislative committee Thursday. Cabinet Secretary Adam Meier, far left, testifies to a legislative panel about shortfalls in Medicaid. (Kentucky Today/Tom Latek) Cabinet for Health and Family Services officials appeared before the Budget Review Subcommittee...

Grant program for children’s health enters final year; foundation will share video with other communities

Kentucky Health News As a $3 million Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky grant program that focuses on children’s health moves into its fifth and final year, the foundation says it will conduct the final evaluations of the seven grantee programs at the end of this year and then share the results with other communities. Breathitt County youth using fitness equipment at Douthitt Park. (Photo:Foundation...

Public Health tobacco program launches second phase of Quit Now Kentucky information campaign

Quitting tobacco isn’t easy – but Kentuckians don’t have to do it alone thanks to services like the state’s free tobacco quit line, 1-800-QUIT NOW. That is the message behind the Department for Public Health’s (DPH) new public information campaign. It features broadcast, print, and digital advertisements, along with targeted outreach to medical providers and community engagement initiatives...

Interact for Health seeking proposals for funding to reduce tobacco use, secondhand smoke

Exposure to secondhand smoke can have a negative impact on a child’s health. Thus, the 2017 Child Well-Being Survey asked parents and guardians in the Greater Cincinnati region whether they allowed people to smoke in their home. In the region overall, only 7 percent of caregivers allowed people to smoke in their home. Children in lower-income families, however, were more likely to be exposed. Among...

Another food service worker in Florence is diagnosed with Hepatitis A — risk is low but pay attention

Another instance of a food service worker diagnosed with Hepatitis A has been reported. Risk to patrons is very low, but the incident is a reminder of the growing Hepatitis A outbreak and a caution to know the signs (and wash your hands). A food service establishment employee at Lee’s Famous Recipe Fried Chicken in Florence (6805 Burlington Pike), has been diagnosed with Hepatitis A. The employee...

Kentucky Medical Association recognizes Rep. Kim Moser with award as Outstanding Layperson

The Kentucky Medical Association (KMA) presented its Debra K. Best Outstanding Layperson Award to Representative Kim Moser of Taylor Mill during the Leadership Dinner at the 2018 KMA Annual Meeting.   The award is given to a non-physician or group in Kentucky who has made outstanding contributions in the field of public health and/or medical care. Rep. Moser has worked to support the medical community...

New chefs graduate from FreshLo Chef Fellowships Program of Center for Great Neighborhoods

The Center for Great Neighborhoods in Covington graduated of its first group of students from the new FreshLo Chef Fellowship Program Monday night. Funded through the Kresge Foundation, this program aims to give a hand up and a push forward to home cooks with the dream of creating a food-based business or those already in the food industry who need support to take it to the next level. The program...

Christ Hospital Health Network names Arturo Polizzi new president/CEO, replaces retiring Mike Keating

The Christ Hospital Health Network is pleased to announce that Arturo Polizzi has been appointed as the new President and CEO by its Board of Directors. He succeeds Mike Keating who, earlier this year, shared his plan to transition out of the role. Arturo Polizzi Polizzi will be joining The Christ Hospital Health Network effective Monday, October 8, from ProMedica, a Toledo-based healthcare system,...

Ovarian Cancer Alliance to hold 12th Annual Teal Power 5k Run/Walk on Sept 15; know early signs

Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Greater Cincinnati (OCAGC) will hold its 12th Annual Teal Power 5K Run & Charitable Walk on Saturday, September 15th at Summit Park in Blue Ash. As September approaches, more details can be obtained by visiting the website. Photo from last year’s event (Provided) The Teal Power 5K is one of the Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Greater Cincinnati’s most successful...

New resources help us understand health in Appalachia, focuses on Culture of Health factors

Three new resources released by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), and the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky offer a fresh approach to understanding health in Appalachia by focusing on community strengths and identifying local factors supporting a Culture of Health. These resources include case studies of ten “Bright Spot” counties, each defying...