Epidemiology and Disease Control

Epidemiology is the study and analysis of the patterns, causes, and effects of health and disease conditions in defined populations. In short, it is trying to figure out why certain people are getting ill. At Lake Cumberland District Health Department(LCDHD), the Epidemiologist works to help prevent and control infectious diseases. The Epidemiologist investigates reportable diseases and outbreaks. There are certain diseases and viruses that due to their infectious nature and the risks they pose to others, are mandated under the Kentucky law to be reported to public health. Physicians and hospitals report these diseases to the health department. The Epidemiologist, […]


Lake Cumberland District Health Department (LCDHD) is pleased to announce it has received a grant for $593,321 from the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Rural Health Services Outreach Program to provide cardiovascular disease education and activities in Casey and Cumberland Counties. HRSA awards grants through a competitive application and review process. The target population for this project is congregation members of two churches located in Casey and Cumberland Counties as well as individuals in the surrounding community. Residents of these counties share many of the same health woes that come from unmet primary prevention healthcare needs. Kentucky residents have […]

March is National Nutrition Month

With the holidays behind us and spring/summer approaching, many people are deciding to make a change for a healthier lifestyle. The first thing most people decide to do is an extreme restriction in calories; which is usually not the best way to make a lifestyle change. As a Registered Dietitian, we try to teach goals that are achievable and truly become a lifestyle habit and not just a fad. Below are a couple of quick tips that can help you in achieving your optimal healthy lifestyle. The Dietary Guidelines encourage Americans to eat more: Whole Grains: Increase whole grains by […]

What is Public Health?

When the local health departments are running well they often go unnoticed. Sure, local health departments are in the lime-light during a foodborne outbreak or when there are emerging diseases such as Swine Flu and associated vaccine shortages. But what about all the foodborne outbreaks that are prevented, the sexually transmitted diseases that are controlled, or the vaccine preventable diseases that are kept in check? The public doesn’t often see the work that local health departments do to achieve these and other successes. Nor does the public realize the work we do to identify and prevent cancers through our Cancer […]

Governor’s Proposed Budget Adds Over 30 Million Dollars in Liabilities to Local Health Departments

If passed by the State Legislature, the Governor’s draft of the 2018-2019 budget passes over 38 million dollars in retirement contributions to local health departments. The Lake Cumberland District Health Department’s (LCDHD’s) share of this is over 2 million dollars! Over the last few years, state and federal funding cuts and increases in expenses have already resulted in the LCDHD reducing its staff size from over 300 to around 160 full-time employees. An additional 2.2 million dollar increase in retirement liabilities could mean that 35% to 50% more of our staff could lose their jobs, severely reducing our capacity to […]

2018 Wellness Promotion

Would you like a chance to win a $1,000.00* (see terms below) cash incentive just for taking a few minutes to learn more about your health status and how to improve your general fitness and overall well-being? Fill out your wellness profile today! At the end of the profile, you will be given a chance to enter your name into the contest. Even if you entered our 2017 contest, you are welcome and encouraged to enter this contest. You may view our previous winners here: view our past winners! After completing a health questionnaire, developed by a team of experts at the Lake […]

Cumberland News Release: Flu and Pertussis (Whooping Cough)

As you may be aware, flu season is here and we are experiencing widespread flu activity across the Lake Cumberland area, including Cumberland County.  Cumberland County residents are also seeing an increase in Pertussis (“Whooping Cough”) cases at this time.  The Lake Cumberland District Health Department and the Cumberland County and Burkesville City Governments want you to know how to protect yourself from illness. Both Pertussis and Influenza are vaccine preventable diseases.  It is strongly encouraged for all residents to make sure they are current and up-to-date on their vaccines.  If you are not sure or need to schedule an […]

Pertussis (Whooping Cough)

Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is a potentially deadly bacterial infection that can strike at any age, but is particularly dangerous for babies. The sounds of pertussis are like no other, marked by a “whoop” made when gasping for breath after a severe coughing attack. Listen below (or follow this link: the sound of whooping cough). More than 50% of babies with reported cases of pertussis must be hospitalized. Coughing can be so severe that it is hard for babies to eat, drink or breathe. Pertussis is vaccine preventable. Please check with your local healthcare provider to make sure […]