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What It Is

The Kentucky Health Alert Network (HAN) is the primary communication and collaboration tool for public health in Kentucky. HAN is a secure, Internet-based system that allows government and non-government public health personnel to instantly contact and work with each other. HAN provides simple tools for issuing alerts, sharing and reviewing documentation and retrieving contact information. The system is administered by DPH at the state level and at the local level by health department public health preparedness planners. To learn more about becoming a participant please contact us.


The innovative role-based directory allows the appropriate parties to be notified of public health events while protecting the confidentiality of any involved individuals. HAN participants are contacted by their preferred methods based on the alert level. Alert priorities are high (public health emergency), medium (public health advisory) and low (public health information or update). The system uses a text-to-speech engine to alert participants via phone and personal four-digit PIN is required to access messages sent by HAN.  

Current, accurate contact data is crucial to appropriate response to public health events. To maintain current contact data, participants maintain their own profiles and the system requires all participants to verify their profile data every 30 days. 

Document Library

HAN contains a document library accessible online. The document library allows users to develop documents efficiently and collaboratively using check-in, check-out and publish controls. 

Participants can securely share, review and modify documents. An approval routing feature alerts staff when documents are posted for review and approval. Online discussions for each document are supported by the system and a subscription service allows participants to choose to be notified when changes are made to documents. Documents also may be faxed directly from the document library. 

Public Health Directory

The Public Health Directory provides contact information for HAN participants. The role-based directory lists personnel functions and agency responsibilities undertaken during a public health event. Contact information is voluntarily provided by participants and only participants with access to issue alerts may view participant non-work contact information.

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