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Scheduling a Breast Cancer Screening Can Help Save Your Life

Breast Cancer Awareness Month will soon be upon us during the month of October. This is a time dedicated to raising awareness about the disease, which affects about 1 in 8 women in the United States over the course of their lifetime, according to the National Cancer Institute. As Breast Cancer Awareness Month approaches, Continue reading Scheduling a Breast Cancer Screening Can Help Save Your Life

Early Influenza Cases Reported

The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, reports two cases of laboratory-confirmed influenza, indicating the presence of flu activity in Kentucky. The cases are both from Jefferson County.

The CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends flu vaccine for all individuals aged six months of age and older. People who are strongly encouraged to receive the flu vaccine because they may be at higher risk for complications or negative consequences include: Continue reading Early Influenza Cases Reported

Newborn Screening Critical for Kentucky’s Babies

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), is celebrating Newborn Screening Awareness Month by promoting awareness about the importance of early screening for Kentucky babies.

“Early intervention with the new mother and baby is critical to provide care and support for the best outcome,” said CHFS Continue reading Newborn Screening Critical for Kentucky’s Babies

Kentucky Division of Forestry Sends Aid to Florida

Twelve Division of Forestry personnel are leaving today for the hurricane-stricken areas of south Florida.

Although KDF firefighters are best known for their wildland fire suppression skills, they also have experience responding to all types of hazards and emergency scenarios, including the aftermath of hurricanes and severe storms. Continue reading Kentucky Division of Forestry Sends Aid to Florida

McConnell, Barr Help Secure $2.62 Million for Substance Abuse Treatment Programs for KY Women and their Children

Mitch McConnell

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Congressman Andy Barr (R-KY-06) announced today that Chrysalis House, Inc. (CHI) in Lexington, Kentucky has received a $2.62 million competitive federal grant which will help CHI provide expanded comprehensive, high-quality residential substance abuse treatment for low-income, pregnant or postpartum women and their children. Additionally, this funding will allow CHI to provide outpatient services for children, such as counseling regarding substance abuse prevention, and targeted outreach in Kentucky to thousands of women and extended family members. Continue reading McConnell, Barr Help Secure $2.62 Million for Substance Abuse Treatment Programs for KY Women and their Children

KYTC issues emergency declaration in advance of Hurricane Irma

In anticipation of Hurricane Irma and its potential to cause damage to the southeastern United States, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Secretary Greg Thomas has waived certain regulations on commercial motor carriers involved in the relief effort.

Secretary Thomas issued an emergency declaration that provides temporary regulatory relief for crews heading to the affected areas to deliver goods, restore utilities and remove debris.

Continue reading KYTC issues emergency declaration in advance of Hurricane Irma

Residents Offered Lodging Discount at KY State Parks During Hurricane

Updated: Editors and broadcasters, the offer has been extended through Sept. 14 to residents of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and other states where evacuations are being ordered. The release has been revised to reflect these changes.

Original Release: Kentucky State Parks are offering a lodging discount to residents looking for a place to stay to avoid Hurricane Irma. Continue reading Residents Offered Lodging Discount at KY State Parks During Hurricane

Saint Joseph Berea Foundation Announces $1.1 Million Initiative to Assist Patients in Accessing Health and Social Services

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Catholic Health Initiatives’ Mission & Ministry Fund have awarded $1,124,240 in grant funding to the Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation, in cooperation with the Saint Joseph Berea Foundation, both Continue reading Saint Joseph Berea Foundation Announces $1.1 Million Initiative to Assist Patients in Accessing Health and Social Services

KSP Post 7 to Conduct Traffic Safety Checkpoints

KSP

The Kentucky State Police, Richmond Post, which provides coverage for Madison, Clark, Estill, Lee, Owsley, Jackson, Mercer, Boyle, Lincoln, Garrard and Jessamine counties, will be conducting periodic traffic safety checkpoints at locations approved by the Kentucky State Police Policy and Procedures Manual.  These checkpoints will be conducted in an effort to enforce the traffic laws of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Continue reading KSP Post 7 to Conduct Traffic Safety Checkpoints

Gov. Bevin Applauds Ruling by Federal Judge Striking Down Obama-Era Overtime Rule

Matt Bevin

Gov. Matt Bevin applauded a ruling by a federal judge in Texas yesterday striking down the Obama-era overtime pay rule for salaried workers. If implemented, the new rule would more than double the minimum salary overtime threshold for public and private workers—without Congressional authorization—thereby substantially increasing employment costs and threatening jobs. Continue reading Gov. Bevin Applauds Ruling by Federal Judge Striking Down Obama-Era Overtime Rule

Dealing with Alzheimer’s?

Everyday Activities: Finding Meaning in the Moment

Explore creative avenues for connecting with your loved one diagnosed with dementia by sparking old memories and helping them to have meaningful experiences regardless of their current abilities. This program will take place at the Lexington Public Library, Beaumont Branch located at 3080 Fieldstone Way, Lexington, from Continue reading Dealing with Alzheimer’s?

KIP Survey Emphasizes Importance of Suicide Prevention for Teens

The first few weeks of a new school year can be overwhelming and sometimes very difficult for many students. With classes now back in session across the Commonwealth, officials want school staff and parents to know about that a recent report that indicated an alarming number of Kentucky teenagers have considered or attempted suicide.

Continue reading KIP Survey Emphasizes Importance of Suicide Prevention for Teens