Health and Family Services Cabinet
Celebrate Public Health Day
DPH, Local Health Departments Deliver Host of Services to Kentuckians
The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) and the Kentucky Public Health Association (KPHA) are giving a special tribute on National Public Health Day on Nov. 19 to the staff of Kentucky’s state and local health departments.
“Through the work of our state health department and local health department workforce, we provide many services to and for Kentuckians every day,” said William Hacker, M.D., public health commissioner. “Among many other things, we make sure that our food establishments provide safe foods in all of our communities; check the safety of water supplies; and ensure that schools are inspected and suitable for the best learning possible.”
DPH and local health departments also utilize disease prevention and control measures that stress the importance of health choices, such as not smoking and following a healthy eating plan, as ways to prevent chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and certain forms of cancer. This work includes public education, outreach, awareness and counseling and treatment services provided through local health departments.
Public Health also administers numerous other services, such as nutrition and maternal and child health, designed to give people knowledge about and access to healthy foods and good child care practices.
“It is amazing to see the number of services provided across the state,” said Steve Davis, M.D., deputy public health commissioner. “It’s all done in an effort to keep our most precious resources safe and healthier every day – the 4 million residents of Kentucky.”
“The role of state and local health departments in promoting healthful living, and reducing the occurrence of illness through education, preventive measures and treatment, cannot be underestimated,” said Guy Delius, acting director of the division of public health protection and safety and president of the KPHA. “Our health team’s focus has expanded in recent years to include global issues such as bioterrorism, public health preparedness, pandemic influenza, and emergency response and recovery. DPH and local health departments across Kentucky need to be commended for jobs well done.”
For more information about Kentucky Public Health, visit www.chfs.ky.gov or the Kentucky Public Health Association Web site at http://www.kpha-ky.org.