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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.


A gift of teddy bears is helping to make winter a bit warmer for some children in need.

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services’ (CHFS) Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) has 2,000 handmade teddy bears that social services staff can use to help comfort children during crisis situations. 

High Costs Still Keeping Some Kentuckians from Seeking Medical Care

Oct 12, 2016
Public News Service

Because of the cost of medical care, one out of every five Kentucky adults has delayed or skipped care this year according to a new report.

The report is part of ongoing research by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky into the impact of the Affordable Care Act. Ben Chandler, the foundation's president and chief executive, said the rate rises to more than 29 percent among Kentuckians with lower incomes - those below 138 percent of the federal poverty level.

Health and Recreation Focus of Mason Fiscal Court

Oct 12, 2016
Marla Toncray

A presentation on Wald Park and another on community health were featured Tuesday during Mason County Fiscal Court.

Dr. Josh Owens, president of Wald Park Inc., gave commissioners an update on progress being made at the park in Maysville East End.

Morehead State University

Morehead State University’s Imaging Sciences’ Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program will offer free, two-dimensional fetal ultrasounds to expectant mothers, who are between 18 and 32 weeks of pregnancy.

The ultrasound examinations will be given through July 25 through 27 and Aug. 17 through Sept. 8 on Wednesdays and Thursdays by appointment only on the fourth floor of the Center for Health, Education and Research, Room 402B, in the University’s sonography lab.


St. Claire Regional (SCR) is proud to welcome Cletus Carvalho, M.D., board certified psychiatrist, to our Medical Staff. Dr. Carvalho will serve as Medical Director for our Behavioral Health Unit.

With more than 15 years of experience, Dr. Carvalho comes to SCR from UK HealthCare where he held a variety of positions, most recently Medical Director of the Adult Inpatient Psychiatry Unit and Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs for the Department of Psychiatry.

Boston University

Stakeholders for children and youth with special health care needs convened Wednesday (May 25) in Frankfort with a goal to strengthen the network that supports this group and their families.

Santa Cruz Health

The Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services (KBEMS) is celebrating National EMS Week May 15-21.

This year’s theme is, “Called to Care.” Kentucky’s EMS heroes provide outstanding day-to-day practice of patient care, provider and patient safety, community awareness and injury prevention.


It’s important to have regular mammograms for women ages 40 or more. Early breast cancer detection can increase survival rates.

St. Claire Regional and Susan B. Komen continue to have a limited number of free mammograms thru March 31, 2015. The mammograms will be given out on a first- come, first-serve basis and provided at no cost at St. Claire Regional Women’s Imaging and Aesthetics. 

Participants must be uninsured or underinsured, 40 years or older and have not had a mammogram within the last year or had a lump identified during a clinical exam.

New Study Examines Child Poverty in Kentucky

Mar 9, 2015
Greg Stotelmyer

The federal government has been measuring poverty the same way since the 1960's. It does not take into account where a family lives and does not adjust for inflation. Child advocate Terry Brooks says it is so out of date it no longer defines poverty.

He says a new report, released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, provides a more realistic look at the problem.

Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates, says the new data confirms safety net programs and tax policies are helping lift families out of poverty.

Appalachian Health Research Project Planned

Feb 6, 2015
Stars And Stripes

In a state with pressing health problems often referred to as the "Kentucky uglies" - cancer and obesity, to name two - a powerful partnership is being forged to foster innovation.

The Appalachian Regional Commission, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky are launching a three-year health-research project across Appalachia. The focus will be on bright spots in a region beset by health problems - communities that are, as David Krol, senior program officer for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, put it, bucking the trend.

RAM Event Seeks Volunteers

Sep 8, 2014
Remote Area Medical Oklahoma

The volunteer services of more medical professionals are being sought for next month’s Remote Area Medical Clinic in Morehead. The event is taking place October 25th and 26th at the Johnson First Church of God on Cranston Road.        

Cassie Mace is with the Greenup County Health Department and serves as president of Kentucky RAM. She says about 300 health care providers have already pledged to participate.

Kentucky One Health

Saint Joseph Mount Sterling, part of KentuckyOne Health, has been awarded a $16,200 grant to support a Violence Prevention Design and Start-Up Program for the Mount Sterling/Montgomery County area.

Morehead-Rowan County Chamber of Commerce Luncheon. 

Morehead Conference Center, Morehead (KY)

August 7, 2014

Guest Speaker: Secretary Audrey Haynes

Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services

Health Forum Planned In Morehead

Jul 18, 2014
Social Moms

As part of the Saving Our Appalachian Region initiative, 5th District Congressman Hal Rogers will be joined by the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for a listening session in Morehead on Wednesday, August 6th.

The Republican says Dr. Thomas Frieden will be in Morehead to learn more about eastern Kentucky’s health problems.

The region ranks among the worst in the United States when it comes to incidents of cancer, diabetes, heart disease, obesity and drug overdose mortality rates.

CDC Reports Shift In Teen Behaviors

Jul 7, 2014

Less cigarette smoking, soda drinking and physical fighting, but more time at computers and other tech devices, that's the snapshot from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's most recent National Youth Risk Behavior Survey.

The government goal of reducing teen smoking nationally to less than 16 percent has been met. But CDC’s director, Dr. Tom Frieden, notes that it's a fragile victory at 15.7 percent – and it comes with a rise in popularity of e-cigarettes, smoking pens and electronic hookahs.

Go Get Funding

Several area families were recently honored for their service as adoptive and foster parents to some of the state’s most vulnerable children.

The Kentucky Department of Community Based Services (DCBS) and the University of Kentucky’s College of Social Work presented the awards to the Northeastern Service Region families at a recent reception.

Lexington Offers Summer Lunch Program

Jun 12, 2014
American Progress

National studies indicate only one of seven children who receive a free or reduced school lunch gets a similar meal over the summer. Officials with Kentucky's Department of Education believe the state's statistics are even more sobering.

Feeding hungry children in the summer requires mobile services and more sponsoring agencies.  In Lexington, there are 35 feeding sites with hopes of establishing another 35 this summer. 

Rick Christman with the non-profit Employment Solutions says there are criteria for setting up feeding locations.

Teens Health

The Kentucky House of Representatives has approved legislation intended to help the parents of autistic children access state and community services.

The measure sponsored by Representatives Rocky Adkins and Greg Stumbo, creates a 24 member advisory board within the Cabinet for Human Resources to spearhead the effort. Stumbo is a Democrat from Prestonsburg and Speaker of the House.

Biological Therapies in Psychiatry

Mental illnesses in Kentucky could be better treated if patients had more peer support, motivational counseling to stay on their medications, and if there were additional drop-in centers scattered across the state.

Those suggestions are from a man who spent more than 30 years counseling patients at two psychiatric hospitals in Kentucky. Reggie Gentry testified in Frankfort on Wednesday (September 18) before the Interim Joint Committee on Health and Welfare.