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Division of Prevention and Quality Improvement

Established in December 2006, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) Division of Prevention and Quality Improvement (DPQI) is the cornerstone of state public health efforts to address chronic disease through prevention and assuring health care access for the underserved population. The DPQI provides the organizational focus for DPH to bridge the gap from research, discovery and development to delivery to improve the health status of Kentuckians.

The Division consists of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Care Access.

Chronic Disease Branch

The Chronic Disease Prevention Branch is responsible for a number of statewide initiatives and programs. Funding support is primarily through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; however, a number of programs also receive support from state general funds and some private funding. Collectively and individually these programs impact population health and community health in Kentucky through the following structure:

  • Establishing strong working partnerships with public and private stakeholders
  • Utilizing population based chronic disease strategies
  • Aligning programmatic goals to achieve meaningful chronic disease coordination
  • Implementing evidence-based interventions and strategies
  • Conducting ongoing evaluation to ensure feedback and program effectiveness

Learn more about the Chronic Disease Prevention Branch and its programs.

Health Care Access Branch

The Health Care Access Branch focuses on access to primary care for the citizens of Kentucky and houses the State's Primary Care Office. This branch administers programs relating to medical, dental and mental health primary care that impact the poor and uninsured.

Learn more about Health Care Access Branch programs.


Contact DPQI Director's Office

Gary L. Kupchinsky, MA,
(502) 564-7212, ext. 4427


Last Updated 4/10/2014