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Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant

The Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant (PHHSBG)  funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention addresses gaps in public health services with limited or no state funding available. Services range from addressing obesity in adults through physical activity programs to sexual assault and rape crisis intervention. The block grant currently funds three Kentucky health programs. Ninety-three percent of grant program funds are allocated directly to local communities.

Block grant funds are used in Kentucky to protect public health and fund the following services: health care access, physical activity programs for adults and children and rape and sex offense crisis centers. Listed below are some examples of programs that serve our state's unique health needs through the PHHSBG.

For additional information about the Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant, e-mail Sue Thomas-Cox or call 502-564-7996, extension 3866.

Kentucky Physician Care Program

Many low-income Kentucky adults have no access to basic acute primary health care. According to the U.S Census Bureau Current Population Survey, in 2005 and 2006, approximately14 percent of Kentucky's total population (568,514) did not have health insurance. 

In Kentucky, the PHHSBG provides some funding to the Health Care Access Branch to work in collaboration with Health Kentucky and the Kentucky Physicians Care program (KPC). The KPC program recruits volunteer health care providers and pharmacies to provide services and free prescription mediation on a one-time basis to uninsured adults ages 18 to 64. In 2007, prescriptions valued at more than $12 million were distributed throughout the commonwealth through this partnership.

Community Health Action Teams

Community Health Action Teams is a KDPH initiative aimed at providing assistance to communities to develop infrastructure and capacity to prevent chronic diseases and make communities a healthy place to live, work and play.

The Department for Public Health has identified action areas with profound impact on prevention of chronic diseases. These action areas are supported by evidence collected from research and practice by the CDC, HHS and other reputable sources and include:

  1. Form strong community coalitions that meet regularly with a wide range of partners such as health systems, schools, transportation and zoning, agriculture, universities, employers and private foundations.
  2. Conduct community assessments to determine priorities that will improve health and address social determinants of health considering community strengths and weaknesses.
  3. Cultivate strong community and clinical linkages to improve health outcomes, reduce healthcare costs and improve quality of life.
  4. Promote policy, environmental and system changes that will support healthy choices and healthy living throughout Kentucky and its communities.

To promote community dialogue and action around these action areas, KDPH has allocated funding to local health departments to begin or continue working with their local governments, boards of health and coalitions/partnerships to complete community assessments and develop a plan of action. The local health departments' Community Health Action Team budget and plan should focus on the evidence-based strategies that best accomplish the objectives in their community plan.

Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Program (Rape Crisis Centers)

Rape and sexual abuse are devastating problems facing our society. Their impact can be profound due to the sheer frequency of occurrences and the physical and emotional trauma to victims of these crimes. Specialized services can help minimize trauma and meet the needs of sexual assault victims.

Kentucky's 13 rape crisis centers offer a 24-hour hotline to link survivors of sexual assault and their friends and family to no-cost, specialized support services such as advocacy and crisis intervention. These services help decrease the potentially life-altering effects of sexual violence.

The Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs serves as a resource in Kentucky for information and services related to sexual assault.

For additional information about the Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Program, contact (502) 564-9433.

Rape Crisis Center Service Areas

Workplans and Annual Reports


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Related Information

Chronic disease affects not only individuals, but the nation as a whole. This report from the Milken Institute outlines the state-by-state influence of chronic disease.

These Web sites provide fact sheets on health and disease education in different languages:

Health Information Translations

CLAS Act Virginia Language Resources

Health Translations Directory


Public Hearing

The State Preventive Health Advisory Committee for the Kentucky Department for Public Health in the Cabinet for Health and Family Services holds meetings the third Wednesday in January and the third Wednesday in September. A public hearing is held for public review and comment on the Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant application at the September meeting at the Department for Public Health. To attend the public hearing or obtain a copy of the new year block grant application e-mail Sue Thomas-Cox or call (502) 564-7996 ext 4431

An additional Preventive Health and Health Services Advisory meeting and public hearing will be held June 20, 2016 at 2:30 p.m. at the Kentucky Department for Public Health. Contact Sue Thomas-Cox for information.


Last Updated 6/17/2016