health & welfare

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Gov. Andy Beshear has announced $2.8 million for 14 Recovery Kentucky centers across the commonwealth to help ensure safe, stable housing for those recovering from substance use disorder.

Through Community Development Block Grant CARES Act (CDBG-CV) funding, each center will be eligible for approximately $200,000 to offset costs incurred due to the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). Funds also help ensure centers can continue services while protecting residents and staff from COVID-19.

DePaul Community Resources

Gov. Andy Beshear and Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) Acting Secretary Eric Friedlander met with social work staff to talk about the needs of state child welfare professionals and how Gov. Beshear’s proposal to add 350 more staff can help better protect families and children.

Chapters Capistrano

Huntington fire chief Jan Rader will be the keynote speaker at Bridges Out of Addiction, a free conference open to all and sponsored by the Healthy Choices, Healthy Communities (HCHC) coalition and the Tri-County Kentucky ASAP Board and hosted by Ashland Community and Technical College.

The conference is scheduled for Thursday, March 14 beginning at 9 a.m. at the Ashland campus of ACTC.

Rader’s keynote address will focus on the importance of community collaboration in addressing the drug crisis and its impacts.

Free Medical Transport

Nearly half of area residents in Eastern Kentucky and Southern Ohio identified their primary means of transportation as being something other than a personal automobile.

The finding was just one of many revelations from a new study released by Healthy Choices, Healthy Communities (HCHC).

The coalition study resulted from a $35,000 planning grant from the Community Transportation Association of America to identify gaps, facilitate development, and to connect transportation systems in the area.

Tufts Now

The Kentucky Air National Guard is teaming with the Kentucky Department for Local Government and other branches of the U.S. military to offer health care at no cost to citizens in four Eastern Kentucky counties starting June 15.

Medical screenings, non-emergency medical treatments, sports physicals, dental exams, cleanings, fillings and extractions, optical exams, and single-prescription eyeglasses will all be offered, said Lt. Col. Amy Mundell, a medical administrative officer in the Kentucky Air Guard’s 123rd Medical Group, which is serving as the lead military agency.

Senior Advice

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) announced today the Eastern State Hospital Long Term Care Facility will be closed due to state budget constraints. The facility currently serves 14 residents with acquired brain injuries (ABI) or geriatric residents with long-term care needs.

Eastern State Hospital, a state-owned psychiatric facility, is managed by UK HealthCare and primarily serves patients with acute mental health needs. The current action impacts only the long-term care facility, and all other services will remain intact.

ABC News

The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) has declared an outbreak of acute hepatitis A with cases in multiple counties in Kentucky.

In total, 31 cases of acute (rapid onset with symptoms of illness) Hepatitis A  have been reported throughout Kentucky in 2017, a 50 percent increase above the average of 20 cases per year reported over the past 10 years. 

Alzheimer's Association Greater Kentucky & Southern Indiana Chapter

Specialty license plates supporting the Alzheimer’s Association are now available in Kentucky. Kentucky is the first state in the US to have this specialty license plate for Alzheimer’s awareness and education.

Having these plates will raise awareness of the disease, which will become more prevalent as Kentucky's population ages. Nearly 70,000 people in Kentucky right now have Alzheimer's disease and that number is only growing.

Norton Healthcare

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has announced that he has appointed Steve Ready of Norton Healthcare in Louisville, Kentucky, to serve on the Health Information Technology (HIT) Advisory Committee which is within the executive branch and established by the 21st Century Cures Act.

“Norton Healthcare provides critical patient services to the people of Kentucky, and I am proud to recommend their System Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Steve Ready, in this new, national role,” Majority Leader McConnell said.

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.

Attorney General Andy Beshear has joined state and local officials in Kenton County to present Transitions Inc., Women’s Residential Addiction Program (WRAP) $450,000 to support women suffering from alcohol and substance abuse.

A core mission of the Office of the Attorney General is to address Kentucky’s drug epidemic by supporting recovery efforts and organizations like Transitions.

Burden of Stress on Children and Adolescents

Dec 16, 2015
Mom Junction

For most people, the teenage years are a time when emotions can often seem overwhelming.

Physical changes, social pressures, and the rapid onset of young adulthood are all stress factors for adolescents as they begin to gain autonomy. For those without a solid support system at home or school, stress can build up and lead to lasting mental health issues, substance abuse, or even suicide.


Every angler has at one time or another forgotten something in their rush to leave for a fishing trip.

It’s disheartening when that something is sunglasses. Squinting and shielding your eyes for hours takes some of the fun out of the experience.

Portland Pedal Power

Ashland Mayor Chuck Charles says he and city commissioners need to develop strategies to make Ashland a more “walkable community."

He says that requires a comprehensive approach beyond additional and better sidewalks.

“We need to start thinking about getting our people walking. Some neighborhoods have actually reduced the speed limits so they could make a bicycle lane within those communities. I think we just need to be open-minded on everything we do to try to get our citizens healthier.”

Health Center Wellness

“We are still in the middle of flu season and with more flu cases on the rise we need to do everything that we possibly can to protect ourselves, our families and the people around us,” says William Melahn, M.D., SCR vice president of medical affairs.

“We are seeing an elevation in the number of flu cases across the Bluegrass State, and much of it is due to the actual strain of flu, H3N2 Flu-type “A”, that has been most prevalent,” adds Melahn.

Kentucky Below Average For Family Care

Jul 7, 2014
National Partnership for Women and Families

Kentucky got a grade of 'D-' in a new report analyzing how each state supports, or doesn't support, new parents in terms of leave time and job protection. Only three states in the nation provide paid family leave.

McKenzie Cantrell, employment attorney with the Kentucky Equal Justice Center, said a good first step for the Commonwealth would be to expand family medical leave protections to smaller businesses.

Medical Marijuana Supporters Speak To Lawmakers

Jan 10, 2014

Supporters of medical marijuana in Kentucky are once again taking their efforts to Frankfort.

Advocates briefed lawmakers in the House Health & Welfare Committee on Thursday (Jan. 9) on the medical benefits of marijuana. They say it can alleviate symptoms of multiple illnesses.

Josh Stanley works at the Colorado-based Realm of Caring, a non-profit organization that cultivates strains of marijuana for medical use.