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- 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.
- Oldham County Is Healthiest in Kentucky
Friday, March 28, 2014
- Focus on Public Health
Friday, March 28, 2014
The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) is working to promote National Public Health Week, an annual observance that focuses on critical public health issues to raise awareness and help people live longer, healthier lives. This year’s theme, “Public Health: Start Here,” positions public health professionals as the community’s guide through the public health system to help them achieve and maintain better health by effectively navigating the available choices.
- March 24 Is World TB Day
Monday, March 24, 2014
As part of its ongoing work to educate the public about tuberculosis (TB) and prevent the spread of the disease, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) is reminding the state that March 24 is World TB Day.
- Public Health Receives Grant for Obesity Prevention Efforts
Friday, February 28, 2014
The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) is helping numerous early care and education centers in the state improve nutrition and physical activity standards for young children by promoting targeted health policies and practices and providing training to the child care, Headstart, and pre-K communities.
- Gov. Beshear Proclaims March Sexual Assault Awareness Month; Kickoff event spotlights prevention efforts
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
The prevention and advocacy efforts of several groups and individuals were highlighted today as part of the kickoff of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The Capitol Rotunda event was cosponsored by the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) and the Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs (KASAP). Governor Steve Beshear has signed a proclamation declaring March as Sexual Assault Awareness Month in Kentucky.
- New Screening Added to Birthing Hospitals
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Kentucky’s birthing hospitals have implemented a crucial screening for newborns, adding pulse oximetry testing for Critical Congenital Heart Disease to the list of routine newborn screenings. For early detection of this life-threatening birth defect, the testing is now performed on every infant before hospital discharge.
- Nominations Sought for Governor’s Volunteer Awards; Deadline is Feb. 26
Tuesday, February 04, 2014
Nominations are now being accepted for the annual Governor’s Awards for Volunteerism and Service, honoring service completed in 2013.
- Follow Safe Sleep Recommendations for Infants
Friday, January 31, 2014
The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) is reminding parents to follow recommended safe sleep practices for infants, particularly during the colder winter months that present different challenges for keeping babies warm and free from danger.
- January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month
Friday, January 10, 2014
More than 120,000 babies are born with a birth defect each year in the United States – 3,000 of which are born in Kentucky, according to the state Department for Public Health (DPH).
- Flu Level Raised to Widespread in Kentucky
Tuesday, January 07, 2014
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 7, 2014) – Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) officials reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this week that the influenza (flu) activity level in the state has increased from regional to widespread. Widespread activity is the highest level of flu activity, which indicates increased flu-like activity or flu outbreaks in at least half of the regions in the state. The activity levels for states are tracked weekly as part of the CDC’s national flu surveillance system.
- Marshall County Selected as a HeartSafe Community
Monday, January 06, 2014
The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services and the Department for Public Health (DPH) announced today that Marshall County is the most recent Kentucky county to earn the designation of HeartSafe Community, an honor set aside for communities that have met criteria to better respond to cardiac arrests.
- Reduce Stress to Prevent Child Abuse During Holidays; Report suspected abuse to (877) KYSAFE1
Friday, December 20, 2013
Stress can increase during the holidays, even in the most loving of families. And that can put some children at risk for abuse. The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), the state agency charged with child and adult protection, reminds adults to keep their cool this winter when it comes to disciplining kids.
- Get Vaccinated Against Flu During National Influenza Vaccination Week
Friday, December 06, 2013
State public health officials are encouraging Kentuckians to get a flu vaccination during National Influenza Vaccination Week, Dec. 8-14, to reduce the spread of illness this holiday season.
- Food Safety Tips for the Holidays
Monday, November 25, 2013
Parties, family dinners and seasonal gatherings where food is served are traditional part of holiday cheer. This holiday season, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) urges consumers to take precautions in purchasing and preparing food items, and to pay close attention to good hygiene practices to combat foodborne illness this Thanksgiving and Christmas.
- State Honors Top Child Support Contracting Officials
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) has announced the state’s 20 top-performing child support collection partners, as well recognizing one that has made significant improvement during the past year.
- Montgomery County Selected as a HeartSafe Community
Monday, November 04, 2013
The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services and the Department for Public Health (DPH) announced today that Montgomery County is the next Kentucky county to earn the designation HeartSafe Community, an honor set aside for communities that have met criteria to better respond to cardiac arrests.
- Center will offer comprehensive medical care to foster children;
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
The Kentucky Commission for Children with Special Health Care Needs (CCSHCN) and the Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) are pleased to announce a new collaboration with the Home of the Innocents to serve the medical needs of children in foster care. Open Arms Children’s Heath, a service of Home of the Innocents, will provide primary care services to children in the Louisville area who are in out-of-home placements. The goal of the center is to meet the needs of children who often miss routine health care in a “one-stop” setting.
- State’s First Influenza Cases Reported
Monday, October 28, 2013
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct. 28, 2013) – The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) reported the first two positive influenza cases this week, indicating the presence of flu in Kentucky. The cases were from Henderson and Jefferson Counties.
- Food Benefits Set to Decrease Nov. 1 with Expiration of Stimulus Funding -- ARRA support of federal program ending
Thursday, October 24, 2013
The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) is notifying recipients of funding from the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – formerly known as food stamps – that they will see their benefits decrease beginning Nov. 1. The change is because increased benefits provided to SNAP by the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) in 2009 are set to expire. Congress has not voted to extend this stimulus funding.
- Food Safety Tips to Keep Your Halloween Safe
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Halloween is an especially enjoyable time of year for children as they attend Halloween parties and go trick-or-treating in their costumes. Some candy treats and snack foods can, however, quickly spoil the fun.