52 Weeks of Public Health: Helping mothers deliver healthy babies during Prematurity Awareness Month

Premature birth is the leading cause of newborn death and childhood disability. As part of the 52 Weeks of Public Health Campaign, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) is promoting preterm birth prevention as a part of Prematurity Awareness Month. In Kentucky, the preterm birth rate in 2015 for Kentucky babies was 10.8 percent, higher...

52 weeks of Public Health: The ABC’s of safe sleep reduce the risk of sudden unexpected infant death

This October, as part of the 52 Weeks of Public Health, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) is promoting awareness about Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) and the importance of safe sleep as part of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month. Sudden Unexpected Infant Death is a term used to describe deaths occurring within the first year of life in which the cause of death...

52 Weeks of Public Health: Screening, early detection vital in battle against breast cancer

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In Kentucky, breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among women. Breast cancer awareness is this week’s focus of the 52 Weeks of public health campaign from the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS). “Breast Cancer awareness, early detection and screening are vital issues...

52 Weeks of Public Health: Fruits and vegetables should comprise half of every meal you eat

As part of the 52 Weeks of Public Health campaign, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) is striving to help Kentuckians fill their plate with more fruits and vegetables during Fruits and Veggies-More Matters Month. Choosing healthier foods like fruits and vegetables instead of high fat and calorie foods can help you and your family...

52 Weeks of Public Health Spotlight: Newborn screening critical for Kentucky’s babies

As part of the 52 Weeks of Public Health campaign, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), is celebrating Newborn Screening Awareness Month by promoting awareness about the importance of early screening for Kentucky babies. “Early intervention with the new mother and baby is critical to provide care and support for the best outcome,”...

52 Weeks of Public Health: State DPH urges caution around wild animals to avoid possible rabies exposure

As part of the 52 Weeks of Public Health campaign, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), along with local health departments across the state, is reminding the public about the potential for rabies exposure from contact with infected wildlife. Wildlife rabies cases, primarily in bats, raccoons, skunks and foxes, have been identified...

52 Weeks of Public Health: State Public Health Department raising awareness of lung diseases

As part of the 52 Weeks of Public Health campaign, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) within the Cabinet of Health and Family Services (CHFS) is raising awareness of the impact of Cardio Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), a term used to describe lung diseases such as emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and asthma. Kentucky has the second highest incidence of COPD in the U.S. To better address...

52 Weeks of Health: Make Father’s Day an opportunity to observe Men’s Health Day

As Part of its 52 Weeks of Public Health campaign, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) within the Cabinet of Health and Family Services (CHFS) is putting the focus on men’s health as we prepare to celebrate Father’s Day on June 18. The purpose of the promotion is to reach more men across Kentucky and help educate them about how they can make their health a priority. By following public...

State Department of Public Health uses 52 Weeks Campaign to spotlight laboratory services

As part of the 52 Weeks of Public Health campaign, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), is promoting the impact of the Public Health Laboratory. The Kentucky Division of Laboratory Services partners with community, state, and federal health entities, including local health departments in every Kentucky county, to prevent and control...