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New hepatitis C treatment service to provide option for patients in parts of Kentucky, Tennessee

A new hepatitis C treatment service will provide an immediate impact for patients living in southeast Kentucky and northeast Tennessee. With the assistance of a USDA grant, Dayspring Health purchased a FibroScan machine for its clinic in Jellico, Tenn. Previously, patients were traveling to Lexington or Knoxville to receive a liver scan to start treatment. “Our community no longer needs to travel...

CHFS, KDE leaders visit Dayspring Health Clinic, a possible beneficiary of proposed Medicaid plan

Kentucky is optimistic that phased-in implementation of expanded school health services will be possible during the 2019-20 school year, through a Medicaid state amendment known as “Free Care.” Leaders from the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) and the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) traveled to Williamsburg Independent School District (WISD) on Wednesday. The visit...

New state health commissioner Jeffrey Howard’s sincerity, passion ‘a breath of fresh air’ for Kentucky

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Kentucky’s recently installed health commissioner is a 30-year-old doctor, two years short of being a surgeon, a goal he still plans to achieve. But right now he’s in charge of public health in a state with huge health issues, and local health departments with big financial issues. Dr. Jeffrey Howard is still learning. He will graduate from Harvard...

Public Health tobacco program launches second phase of Quit Now Kentucky information campaign

Quitting tobacco isn’t easy – but Kentuckians don’t have to do it alone thanks to services like the state’s free tobacco quit line, 1-800-QUIT NOW. That is the message behind the Department for Public Health’s (DPH) new public information campaign. It features broadcast, print, and digital advertisements, along with targeted outreach to medical providers and community engagement initiatives...

CHFS names Howard Commissioner of Dept. for Public Health; announces additional changes

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) has made the following announcement regarding key leadership positions in various departments. Dr. Howard Dr. Jeffrey Howard, M.D. is now Commissioner for the Department for Public Health (DPH). Dr. Howard has been acting Health Commissioner since November 2017. Dr. Howard attended Union College, University of Louisville School of Medicine and the...

Kentucky Department for Public Health commissioner participates in national roundtable on opioid abuse

Kentucky is helping inform national policy on the opioid epidemic. Dr. Jeffrey Howard, acting Commissioner of the Department for Public Health took part in a national roundtable discussion earlier today focused on the prevention of opioid abuse through states’ prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs). The invitation-only event in Washington, D.C. was sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control...

Flu, pneumonia are 8th largest U.S. cause of death; officials urge all over six months to get flu shot

Flu season is here and will last through February or longer, prompting state health officials to encourage Kentuckians to get their flu vaccinations. “During the holidays families and friends will gather, which increases the potential for exposure to the flu virus,” Dr. Jeffrey Howard, the state’s acting health commissioner, said in a news release. “We urge everyone who hasn’t...