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- Foster Families Have a New Health Services Provider; HealthFirst Bluegrass now serving children in out-of-home care
Wednesday, October 01, 2014
The Commission for Children with Special Health Care Needs (CCSHCN) is announcing changes to the services available for children in out-of-home care placements.
As of Oct. 1, children in out-of-home or foster care will be able to receive primary care at HealthFirst Bluegrass locations in Lexington instead of the CCSHCN’s Thomas H. Pinkstaff Medical Home Clinic at 333 Waller Ave. in Lexington.
- Public Health Urges Consumers to Avoid Unpasteurized Milk
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
The Kentucky Department for Public Health is warning consumers about the dangers of consuming unpasteurized milk as well as other products that could lead to disease-producing E. coli infection, following a recent outbreak in North Central Kentucky and the hospitalization of four children.
- KHIE Unveils myhealthnow websit
Thursday, September 18, 2014
The Kentucky Health Information Exchange (KHIE) today unveiled a new tool to help patients access their personal medical records and information via the Internet. The project, a patient portal called myhealthnow, was previewed during KHIE’s annual eHealth Summit in Louisville.
- KHIE Unveils myhealthnow website
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
The Kentucky Health Information Exchange (KHIE) today unveiled a new tool to help patients access their personal medical records and information via the iInternet. The project, a patient portal called myhealthnow, was previewed during KHIE’s annual eHealth Summit in Louisville.
- Kentuckians Pledge to Get Things Done through AmeriCorps; 450 Kentucky members take part in national pledge to launch service year
Friday, September 12, 2014
Today in a nationwide, simultaneous swearing-in of AmeriCorps members and alumni, 450 Kentuckians from across the state gathered in Louisville to pledge to “get things done” as they begin a year of service to their communities.
- Kentucky AmeriCorps Members Package Meals to Fight Hunger; Food benefit project marks the AmeriCorps 20th anniversary and 9/11 Day of Service
Friday, September 12, 2014
More than 400 AmeriCorps members helped to package 63,762 vitamin-fortified meals Thursday as part of the national AmeriCorps 20th anniversary celebration and the annual 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance (9/11 Day).
- Health Coverage Information and Wellness Tips Available at Kentucky State Fair
Friday, August 08, 2014
Visitors to the Kentucky State Fair in Louisville this month can get information about Governor Steve Beshear’s new health initiative and updates about the state’s health benefit exchange at the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) exhibit.
- Applications Now Being Accepted for Child Care Assistance Program; Families can begin application process with ease online
Wednesday, August 06, 2014
The Kentucky Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) is now accepting new applications for its Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) through the Child Care Council (3C’s) of Kentucky, a nonprofit offering access to affordable, quality care and education.
- Medicaid Managed Care Forums for Providers Scheduled
Friday, August 01, 2014
- Gov. Beshear Honors Exemplary Volunteers
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Governor Steve Beshear today honored 14 groups and individuals from across the state for their volunteer and service contributions at a ceremony in Frankfort.
- Madison County Group Receives Award for Elder Abuse Prevention
Friday, July 18, 2014
A Richmond community group has received an award from the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) to help its efforts to stop elder abuse. CHFS presented the Public Awareness Initiative award for $250 to the Madison County Council for Elder Maltreatment Prevention (CEMP) at a conference focusing on elder abuse prevention last month.
- New Office Offers Support for Children and Adults with Autism
Thursday, July 17, 2014
The Commission for Children with Special Health Care Needs (CCSHCN) has announced a new Office of Autism has been established at the agency.
- Health Collaborative to Look at Best Practices for Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
The state’s maternal and child health leaders are working together to address the rising number of infants born with neonatal abstinence syndrome, the condition caused by exposure to narcotics during pregnancy. The initiative, from the Kentucky Perinatal Quality Collaborative, brings together representatives from the Kentucky Department for Public Health, Kentucky Perinatal Association and the March of Dimes, among others.
- Chikungunya Case Confirmed in Kentuckian Who Recently Traveled Abroad
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 24, 2014) – The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) has received lab results confirming the first case of the mosquito-borne chikungunya virus, also called CHIKV, in an Anderson County resident who recently traveled to Haiti. Results for nine possible cases in other individuals who recently traveled to the same region are still pending, but are expected to be positive.
- Some Kentuckians Eligible for Special Enrollment Through kynect
Friday, June 20, 2014
FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 20, 2014) – Although the next kynect open enrollment does not begin until November 15, several groups of Kentuckians are currently eligible for a special enrollment opportunity through kynect. These groups include COBRA participants and some individuals purchasing coverage in the individual market. Eligible individuals, including foster children aging out of the foster care system, can also apply for Medicaid at any time using kynect.
- Lee Specialty Clinic Opens Doors
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Louisville, Ky. (June 11, 2014) - Governor Steve Beshear and state Rep. Jimmie Lee, of Elizabethtown, joined Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary Audrey Tayse Haynes and behavioral health advocates today for the opening of a new health care clinic created specifically to meet the needs of individuals with behavioral and intellectual disabilities.
- Lexington Pediatrician Receives CDC Recognition
Friday, May 23, 2014
Grace F. Maguire, MD, a pediatrician with the Thomas H. Pinkstaff Medical Home Clinic in Lexington, has been named Childhood Immunization Champion in Kentucky by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for her outstanding efforts to promote childhood immunization in central Kentucky.
- Social Services Leader Honored
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Kentucky Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) Commissioner Teresa James was nominated and recently selected for induction into the University of Kentucky College of Social Work’s Hall of Fame Award by her peers.
- Learn More About Viral Hepatitis and Assess Your Risk
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Each May, public health officials around the country work to raise awareness about the health impact of viral hepatitis, a significant but often under recognized public health concern. In addition, May 19 has been designated as National Hepatitis Testing Day in the United States as an added measure to help educate the public about the disease and promote the importance of screening.
- May Is Asthma Awareness Month
Wednesday, May 07, 2014
Asthma takes an enormous toll on Kentucky in terms of disability, diminished quality of life, lost work productivity and health care costs. Throughout May, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) will be raising awareness of the impact of the disease on the Commonwealth and conducting outreach through the Kentucky Asthma Partnership to health care providers and schools to help children and adults living with asthma.
- Social Services Offices Implementing New Office Procedures
Friday, April 18, 2014
FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 18, 2014) – The Kentucky Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) is implementing new office procedures for walk-in customer benefit interviews at its family support offices. The new office procedures have been tested in 28 counties with great success. The change starts Monday, April 21, 2014 at all county DCBS offices.