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Kentucky Rural Health Association accepting nominations for 2018 Dan Martin Award

Since 2003, the Kentucky Rural Health Association has awarded an individual with an award for their lifetime contributions to rural health in Kentucky. The award is named for its first recipient, Dr. Dan Martin of the Trover Foundation in Madisonville. Last year’s recipient was Loretta Maldaner, who had served in rural health for over 25 years before retiring in 2016 from her position as director...

Fourth annual Viral Hepatitis Conference to be held in Lexington; state leads nation in new infections

Kentucky will hold its fourth annual Viral Hepatitis Conference, “Ending the Epidemics: The Role of Professionals in Hepatitis Elimination” July 27 in Lexington, the day before National Hepatitis Day. The meeting is hosted by the Kentucky Rural Health Association, the state Department for Public Health’s Adult Viral Hepatitis Prevention Program and the Kentucky Immunization Program....

Kentucky Rural Health Association’s 18th annual conference set for Aug. 25-26 in Bowling Green

The 18th annual Kentucky Rural Health Association’s annual conference will be held Aug. 25 and 26 in Bowling Green. Matt Jones, a three-time cancer survivor, author and motivational speaker, will open the meeting with the keynote address titled “Rural Health Care is a Marathon: Developing your Marathon” and state Health Secretary Vickie Yates Brown will close the meeting on Friday....

Third annual hepatitis conference scheduled July 26 in Lexington; Hepatitis C Town Hall July 28 in Hazard

Kentucky, which leads the nation in hepatitis C infections, will have its third annual hepatitis conference July 26 in Lexington, followed by a Hepatitis C Town Hall Meeting in Hazard July 28, World Hepatitis Day. The first meeting, “Hepatitis: Breaking the Silence,” is hosted by the Kentucky Rural Health Association, the state Department for Public Health’s Adult Viral Hepatitis...

Kentucky Rural Health Association sponsoring HPV Conference in Lexington

The Kentucky Rural Health Association is sponsoring a summit on the human papilloma virus, “HPV – You ARE the Key!” June 21 at the Embassy Suites in Lexington. The HPV vaccine is nearly 100 percent effective in preventing pre-cancers and noninvasive cervical cancers caused by two strains of the virus, but most parents in Kentucky and the nation are still not getting their adolescents...

Commentary: Please help us clear the air, end tobacco epidemic in rural Kentucky

By Tina McCormick Kentucky Rural Health Association   We have an epidemic right here at home and rural Kentuckians are the hardest hit. We who live in rural Kentucky know it and we need help to fix it. Will the Kentucky General Assembly step up to the plate to help us save future generations from the scourge of tobacco use, disease and early death?   We know we’re losing the battle against...