February marks American Heart Month, a time when people are encouraged to take charge of their health and enact a heart-healthy lifestyle to help reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. In the United States, heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. And while several factors can increase a person’s risk for developing heart disease, Kentuckians in particular are vulnerable because of our high smoking rates, which are among the highest in the nation. Continue reading Cigarette Tax Increase Will Improve the Health of Kentuckians→
With locally heavy rains forecasted for the Commonwealth over the next week, Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet and state Emergency Management officials are warning residents to watch for possible flash flooding.
With 89,431 miles of rivers and streams, Kentucky is especially susceptible to flood events during sustained, heavy precipitation, especially when the ground is saturated, as it is now.
This program is specialized for family caregivers and will offer information about Alzheimer’s disease and care giving and will also provide an opportunity to reflect, regenerate, and gain a new perspective on your caregiving issues. Local and statewide experts Continue reading Alzheimer Family Caregiver Workshop→
The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) has begun financial assistance payments to eligible relative and fictive kin caregivers with children placed in their home by CHFS.
An October 2017 federal court ruling by the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in the case D.O. v. Glisson requires that Kentucky must pay relatives who serve as foster parents in the same manner it pays adults who are licensed as foster parents and are paid a daily rate. The ruling also includes fictive kin — close family friends — who provide foster care for children removed from their homes because of abuse or neglect. Payment amounts vary depending on a child’s needs but will average about $750 a month per child.
Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM) activated its State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) overnight, in support of flooding conditions in southeastern counties. The SEOC is activated a Level 4, which consists of KYEM personnel monitoring the weather system.
Harlan and Bell Counties, along with the City of Pineville have experienced flooding conditions. The Red Cross has opened a shelter at the Harlan Baptist Church, with 8 people in occupancy. Three other shelters in Harlan County are available and on standby if needed. Continue reading KYEM STATE EOC MONITORING HEAVY RAIN AND FLOODING→
American Heart Month is underway, a time during which community members are encouraged to learn about heart disease and how to make healthy lifestyle changes to lead to a lifetime of heart health. During the month of February, Saint Joseph Berea, part of KentuckyOne Health, is encouraging all to talk to your physician if you or a loved one experiences symptoms of irregular heartbeats, known as heart arrhythmias. Continue reading Learn More About Irregular Heartbeat During American Heart Month→
As part of American Heart Month, which is February, the Department for Public Health (DPH) within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) encourages Kentuckians to increase their levels of physical activity to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.
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Structuring Your Life with Alzheimer’s: a How-To Guide
When her husband Michael was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, Cheryl Levin-Folio learned how to structure their lives in an effort to fight the disease every step of the way. Dial in to hear from Cheryl, author of The 24-Hour Rule: Living with Alzheimer’s and learn the specific strategies that have helped to maximize the quality of life for both Michael and for Cheryl. The phone program will be held on Tuesday, February 13th from 1-2pm EST. Registration is required by visiting Continue reading Structuring Your Life with Alzheimer’s: a How-To Guide→
The Department for Public Health, within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), is reporting 100 flu-related deaths from the flu epidemic in Kentucky. At least four of those deaths have been pediatric cases. This season’s H3N2 strain of the flu virus can be extremely serious, even deadly, not just for those in higher risk categories but to generally healthy Kentuckians as well.
Gov. Matt Bevin today welcomed Acting U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Eric Hargan, along with officials and citizens of the Commonwealth, to the Governor’s Mansion for a roundtable discussion on Kentucky HEALTH and community engagement.