KY Health Officials Report First Flu-Related Deaths

Dec 31, 2019
Adobe, Public News Service

Four people in Kentucky have died from the flu, and health officials say this year they expect an increase in flu cases across the Commonwealth.

The Kentucky Department for Public Health also reports more than 1,600 laboratory-confirmed flu cases since early August.

Acting state epidemiologist Dr. Doug Thoroughman said he expects this flu season to stretch out, lasting longer than last year's.

Medical News Today

Saying that Kentucky needs to do more to tackle the steep rise of vaping among teens and pre-teens, state Rep. Buddy Wheatley has pre-filed legislation that would ban added e-cigarette flavors on the market.


The following notice provided by the Morehead Utility Plant Board:

Due to difficulties faced in chemically treating flood waters from the heavy rainfall on November 30, 2019 and December 1, 2019, the water at our current intake is not able to be treated within drinking water requirements.

The Morehead Utility Plant Board (MUPB) has reached out to the Army Corp of Engineers for assistance in water quality and release.


The American Lung Association has released the annual “State of Lung Cancer” Report, which reveals that Kentucky has the highest lung cancer incidence rates in the nation, as well as some of the lowest survival rates. However, the state ranks well for lung cancer screening rates.

The annual “State of Lung Cancer” report examines the toll of lung cancer throughout the nation, and outlines steps every state can take to better protect its residents from lung cancer.

My Community Partners

In Kentucky, more than 700,000 people live with lung disease including lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma and other respiratory issues. That’s why the American Lung Association in Kentucky announced today that it will host the LUNG FORCE Expo on November 22 at the Appalachian Wireless Arena in Pikeville.

Daily Independent

Officials at Bon Secours Kentucky Health System have announced that imaging services at Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital (OLBH), the OLBH Ashland Imagining Center (1816 Carter Avenue, Ashland) and the OLBH Ironton Imaging Center (1005 East Ring Road, Ironton) have been awarded three-year accreditations as the result of recent surveys by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

The Hub

Gov. Matt Bevin has announced that the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), in partnership with the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE), will seek an amendment to Kentucky’s Medicaid state plan to provide greater healthcare access to students in schools across the Commonwealth by allowing for the payment of qualifying physical and mental health services.

Floris UMC

May is Mental Health Awareness Month.

On Tuesday, May 28th NAMI Morehead (National Alliance on Mental Illness) will present a documentary film titled "God Knows Where I Am," from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Rowan County Library Conference Room in Morehead.

The film explores the experience of a woman with schizophrenia who finds and lives in an abandoned house when she is released from a mental hospital. The film is based on the journals she wrote there in the months before her death.

Community Hospice

Community Hospice was recently recognized for its exemplary patient quality and satisfaction. The prestigious Hospice Honors award was presented by HEALTHCAREfirst’s Deyta Analytics, and recognizes hospices providing the highest level of quality as measured from the caregiver’s point of view.

PNV Lawyer

Officials from the Kentucky Labor Cabinet today applauded recent reports by the federal government that show continued improvement in workplace safety throughout Kentucky, including the lowest rate of nonfatal incidents recorded in more than two decades.

According to the latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the rate of recordable nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses for all industries dropped to 3.3 cases per 100 full-time employees in 2017 – a decrease from the previous rate of 3.4 in 2016 and the rate of 3.7 in 2015. 

Addiction Recovery Care

Pregnant women with substance use disorders now have a new resource in Eastern Kentucky for recovery. U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) joined state and local leaders in Louisa on Thursday morning for a ribbon-cutting celebration for Karen’s Place Maternity Center operated by Addiction Recovery Care.

Office of U.S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers

In an effort to address healthcare workforce needs in Kentucky's Appalachian Region, U.S. Rep. Harold "Hal" Rogers (KY-05) convened a roundtable discussion at Morehead State University on Tuesday with leaders from all of the region's hospitals and post-secondary education institutions.

Operation UNITE

More than 400 basketballs, soccer balls, volleyballs, footballs and balls of all types have been donated to Operation UNITE (Unlawful Narcotics Investigations, Treatment and Education) for distribution throughout southern and eastern Kentucky.

The sports balls were donated by the American Heart Association in a special media event held on Wednesday, July 25 on the campus of the University of the Cumberlands during the 12th annual Camp UNITE, a week-long leadership/adventure program for middle school-aged youth.


After more than 150 illnesses were reported, the Fayette Mall said Monday it’s closing the food court to clean and sanitize and requiring tenants in the area to do the same.

In a statement released Monday, the mall said it’s working with the Fayette County Health Department. The department said it received more than 150 reports of illnesses.

KY Moms: U.S. Should Not Discourage Breastfeeding

Jul 17, 2018

Some parents are still reeling from word of the United States' opposition to a global resolution supporting breastfeeding. According to a New York Times article, the U.S. wanted to water down a World Health Assembly resolution promoting and protecting breastfeeding around the world.

Alex Turpin with the Le Leche League of Louisville said she is worried about threats to the scarce breastfeeding resources that are available. She said a lot of parents are not able to get the support they need.


The Northeast Kentucky Area Health Education Center (NE KY AHEC) was presented with the Center of Excellence Award in Distribution at the National AHEC Organization’s biennial conference, held July 8-11 in Arlington, Va.

The Distribution award recognizes an AHEC program that is improving health care workforce distribution throughout the nation, particularly among rural and underserved areas and populations. Other Center of Excellence awards were given in Diversity and Practice Transformation.

Kentucky program connects kids with diabetes

Jul 15, 2018
Richmond Mom

A diagnosis of diabetes can be overwhelming, especially for a child. And a Kentucky program is working to provide emotional support for kids with Type 1 diabetes and their families.

The "Family Link" program is a collaboration of the American Diabetes Association in Kentucky and the UK HealthCare's Barnstable Brown Diabetes Center. Dr. Laura Hieronymous, associate director of education and quality services at the center, said patients have a lot to figure out when they're first diagnosed, including how to use insulin and properly monitor blood-glucose levels.

Kentucky ranked 48th in senior health

Jun 1, 2018

New data reveals a rural/urban divide when it comes to the health of older Kentuckians.

The United Health Foundation's 2018 Senior Health Report examines 34 health indicators and ranks Kentucky 48th among states, up one notch from last year's rankings.

Morehead State University

Are you a Morehead State University student, alum or community member interested in a career in health care? If so, the Health Care Job Fair at MSU may be the opportunity for which you have been searching.

The event is co-sponsored by the Morehead State University Department of Nursing and Career Services.

The fair will be held in the Center for Health Education and Research (CHER) Room 102 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11. Graduate programs and employers from health care related fields will be in attendance.

Poll shows voters disagree with Medicaid work rules

Jan 17, 2018
Public News Service

Kentucky will be phasing in a rule saying people who get Medicaid have to work if they can - but a new national poll suggests voters could see that as part of a very unpopular pattern.

A new national poll finds three-quarters of voters agree - and half agree strongly - that Republicans are waging a "war on health care."

San Diego Union-Tribune

Department for Public Health (DPH) officials, within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), now report “widespread” flu for the first time this flu season. 

Widespread activity is the highest level of flu activity, which indicates increased flu-like activity or flu outbreaks in at least half of the regions in the state.

Prison Fellowship

The holiday season is underway and as families gather to celebrate, it’s important to remember it’s not always the most wonderful time of the year for everyone.

While depression can occur at any time, the holiday season particularly may bring on loneliness and a lack of fulfillment for some. During the month of December, Saint Joseph Mount Sterling, part of KentuckyOne Health, encourages people to learn more about holiday depression and how it might impact loved ones.

USA Today

Public health specialists, health care providers, environmental experts, school personnel and representatives from child health organizations were among those gathered today at the Children’s Environmental Health Summit in Bowling Green.

CHFS Secretary Vickie Yates Brown Glisson opened the event by providing an overview of issues impacting children’s health and urging attendees to continue their efforts to protect young people.

CHOC Children's

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, a time set aside to help educate the public about the prevalence of childhood cancer across the U.S. and promote the need for continued research and treatment.

As part of the observance, Governor Matt Bevin has officially proclaimed Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in Kentucky and will be illuminating the Kentucky State Capitol dome gold tonight.

New Jersey Chapter of NWCOA

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 in the U.S., and these result in human and animal exposures requiring thousands of human rabies post-exposure treatments and animal euthanasia or quarantines.

Statewide initiative to address dental care

Jul 4, 2017
Stress Free Dental

A new initiative is taking a personalized approach to addressing the unmet oral health-care needs of Kentucky kids.

The 2016 Oral Health Study of Kentucky's Youth found that while the state has made strides in improving dental care for children, more progress is needed.

Delta Dental of Kentucky and Kentucky Youth Advocates are teaming up to launch five regional networks to develop localized dental-care solutions.

Healthy summer meals reaching more Kentucky children

Jul 4, 2017
Kentucky Teacher

Hunger prevents some Kentucky kids from enjoying the carefree days of summer, but the state is making progress to make food available for youngsters in need.

According to the Food Research and Action Center's annual "Hunger Doesn't Take a Vacation" report, Kentucky had the third-largest increase nationally in the number of children served by summer meal programs in July 2016.

Reid Livingston, coordinator of the No Kid Hungry Kentucky campaign, said that means 32,000 kids received much-needed nutrition.

Daily Mirror

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 of that population is limited in their daily activities by the condition.

In Kentucky, more than one million adults have doctor-diagnosed arthritis and more than half (570,000) of those with arthritis live in rural parts of the state.  Furthermore, 45 percent of rural working age adults report that arthritis limits their ability to work.

Office of the Kentucky Governor

Gov. Matt Bevin has proclaimed May as Brain Tumor Awareness Month and May 17 as Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) Awareness Day in Kentucky. He was joined by Dr. Maryam Fouladi of the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, 17-year-old Kentucky native Kayne Finley, and other special guests during a ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda.


Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS)  Secretary Vickie Yates Brown Glisson, Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarles, representatives from the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), renowned experts and response partners gathered in Lexington this week for the 2017 Kentucky Zika Summit.