Tuesday, 07 09, 2013
Beth Fisher or Gwenda Bond,(502) 564-6786, ext. 3101 and 3100
The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) is seeking the input of Kentucky residents for the state health improvement plan. Kentuckians can provide their thoughts and insights into improving the health of the Commonwealth by filling out the online survey at: http://chfs.ky.gov/dph/CenterforPerformanceManagement.htm by Aug. 1.
DPH recently drafted the state health assessment to carefully examine the health of the population and identify key problems and assets in Kentucky. The ultimate goal is to provide data to guide decision making for a State Health Improvement Plan.
“The Department for Public Health is asking for your input to decide what priorities to focus on for the Kentucky State Health Improvement Plan,” said DPH Commissioner Stephanie Mayfield, M.D. “Once priorities have been vetted with various stakeholders, goals and objectives will then be drafted and used along with other, previously determined goals set forth by various public health partners. We plan to capitalize on progress already achieved in this area and use additional input to broaden outreach and build a healthier Kentucky.”
Currently, Kentucky ranks 50th in smoking, 40th in obesity, 50th in cancer deaths and very low in status for many other important health indicators. Overall, Kentucky currently ranks 44th among all states in major health status categories, according to the America’s Health Rankings Profile for 2012.
“The main objective of the state health improvement plan is to address these negative health indicators by developing a roadmap to transform Kentucky from a state that consistently reports poor health status to one that supports dynamic initiatives to help Kentuckian’s lead healthier lives,” said Dr. Mayfield. “Now is the time to make a move in the right direction. Too many Kentuckians are dying from issues that can be prevented. This will take public health, community partners, and the general public to weigh in on the best strategies to move in that direction.”
Public input will help DPH and community partners determine what is best for Kentucky. Individuals without computer access can obtain a paper survey by contacting 502-564-3970.
The Cabinet for Health and Family Services is home to most of the state's human services and health care programs, including Medicaid, the Department for Community Based Services and the Department for Public Health. CHFS is one of the largest agencies in state government, with nearly 8,000 full and part-time employees throughout the Commonwealth focused on improving the lives and health of Kentuckians.