Department for Community Based Services opens newly renovated offices in Fayette County

The Kentucky Department for Community Based Services (DCBS), part of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), officially opened its new Fayette County office Thursday. DCBS is the agency that provides child and adult protective services and determines eligibility for Medicaid, welfare assistance, child care assistance, food stamps and other programs. “Our priority is to provide quality...

52 Weeks of Public Health: Spreading awareness among Kentuckians about risks of lung cancer

As part of the 52 Weeks of Public Health Campaign, the Kentucky Department of Public Health within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services is raising awareness about lung cancer in Kentucky. Lung cancer impacts Kentuckians more than any other cancer. In Kentucky, both men and women have significantly higher rates of lung cancer than other states in the U.S. More Kentuckians have died from lung cancer...

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...

Diabetes Symposium draws hundreds of educators, prevention specialists from several states

More than 400 diabetes educators and healthcare professionals from several states gathered in Louisville today for the Diabetes Symposium. The event focused on diabetes prevention and control, the impact of diabetes on public health and the need for enhanced prevention efforts. It was hosted by the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS). “It...

CHFS announces availability of weekly influenza surveillance report to track activity across Kentucky

Officials with the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), announce the availability of an online weekly influenza surveillance report used to gauge current flu activity circulating in Kentucky. This new public service is an example of the Cabinet’s priority to strengthen data collection and analytics and then to make the information...

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: Kentucky Oral Health Program paying big benefits for rural youth

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 honoring the Kentucky Oral Health Program in recognition of National Dental Hygiene Month. The Oral Health Program consists of 11 public health dental hygiene teams providing services in 28 Kentucky counties. These teams visit local schools to...

New report shows massive increase in number of Kentucky adults, children receiving disability benefits

A new report shows an increase of staggering proportions in the number of Kentucky adults and children receiving disability benefits. The report was prepared by Kentucky’s Disability Determination Services (DDS), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) and presented at the Kentucky Work Matters task force meeting yesterday in Frankfort. The groundbreaking study of outcomes covers...

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...

Health and Family Services Cabinet expands ‘duffle shuffle’ program to reach foster children statewide

Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) leaders distributed several hundred duffle bags, backpacks and luggage to Service Region Administrators (SRAs) who met in Richmond last week. The SRAs will take the bags back to their multi-county regions and pass them on to front-line staff. Children coming into foster care will receive the bags for their belongings. “I do not want another child to...

CHFS unveils quality measures designed to better align reporting and improve outcomes

The Kentucky Department for Medicaid Services is collaborating with healthcare associations, advocates, and employers to align quality improvement measures and streamline reporting procedures for healthcare providers across the state. The project is designed to reduce administrative burdens for physicians and provide more uniform data for comparisons. “Quality measures are critical as we become more...

Pediatric Cancer Trust Fund seeking applications for first round of research grant awards

September is national Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) Secretary Vickie Yates Brown Glisson announced the Kentucky Pediatric Cancer Research Trust Fund will accept applications for its first round of research grants for institutions and agencies dedicated to the treatment and cure of childhood cancer. “These first-ever grants from the Kentucky Pediatric...

Cabinet for Health and Family Services to offer wellness information during Kentucky State Fair

Visitors to the Kentucky State Fair in Louisville this month can get information and expert guidance on health, wellness and family assistance programs at the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) exhibit. The fair is Aug. 17-27 at the Kentucky Exposition Center, and the CHFS exhibit in the Health Horizons area of South Wing B will feature information to help support the strategies...

52 Weeks of Public Health: One in three adults in rural areas dealing with impact of arthritis

As part of the 52 Weeks of Public Health campaign, the Kentucky Department of Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), is emphasizing the negative impact of arthritis on people who live in rural areas. A recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed that one-third of adults in rural areas have arthritis, and that more than one-half...

State employee charity Duffel Bag Drive will provide help for hundreds of children in foster care

A state employees’ charity drive inspired by Gov. Matt Bevin’s initiative to help improve the state’s child welfare system will help hundreds of children in need. The Foster Care Pack Drive, coordinated by staff at the Disability Determination Services (DDS), part of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services’ Division of Income Support, raised $4,240.95 and collected 879 duffel bags for...

52 Weeks of Public Health Campaign emphasizing importance of opioid overdose treatment

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 emphasizing the importance of naloxone education and services for communities to address the impact of opioid abuse. Public health officials say the program is particularly timely following a recent report of a death in Louisville linked to...

Bevin administration scales back effort to close down Kentucky’s last remaining abortion clinic

Gov. Matt Bevin has scaled back his effort to close Kentucky’s only abortion clinic, agreeing to renew its license until a lawsuit challenging the effort is resolved. Bevin’s lawyers and the attorneys for EMW Women’s Surgical Center of Louisville filed the agreement with U.S. District Judge Greg Stivers, who is expected to approve it. “The legal wrangling started recently when...

New Health and Family Services program KY-Moms focuses on substance use by pregnant women

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) is building on its collaboration with social services organizations and community partners to provide pregnant and parenting women with the education, guidance, and coordination of services needed to reach substance use recovery goals. KY-Moms provides prevention and case management services for mothers at risk of developing substance use disorders. “Many...

Legislative Update: Improving, protecting the lives of children the focus of legislative work last week

Improving the lives of Kentucky’s children was on the minds of the state’s legislators this week as several bills made their way through the General Assembly. Included were measures to stabilize the lives of children in foster care, stem the tide of young people being recruited into criminal gangs, and broaden the scope of background checks for adults who work in proximity with children. Senate...

Kentucky shows sharp improvement in number of low-income uninsured, study shows

Kentucky had the largest drop in low-income, working-age people without health insurance, and the biggest decline in adults who passed up medical care due to cost, after the state embraced the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Those two findings were the Kentucky highlights of the latest Commonwealth Fund report on the impacts of the 2010 health-reform law, released last week. The report...