52 Weeks to Health: Week 33, National Immunization Month

National Immunization Month Immunizations are public health’s great success story with the disappearance of many infectious diseases. Shots may hurt a little, but the diseases they can prevent are a lot worse – some are even life-threatening. Immunization shots, or vaccinations, are essential. They protect against infections like measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis A and B, polio, tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough). Immunizations are also important for adults, especially those against pneumonia, influenza and shingles. Your immune system helps your body fight germs by producing antibodies to combat them. Once it does, the immune system “remembers” the germ and can fight it again. Vaccines […]

Rural Health Opioid Program (RHOP)

The Lake Cumberland District Health Department is partnering with a consortium of area doctors, mental health facilities, and detention centers to reduce morbidity and mortality related to Opioid-Use Disorder (OUD).  The Rural Health Opioid Program (RHOP) offers case management to those who live in the Lake Cumberland area at risk for OUD.  Education related to opioid use disorder is provided to individuals who are currently incarcerated, the general public, and healthcare providers.  Referrals to receive services are received through in person self referral in the detention centers, court systems, health care providers, or general public. Case management and referral services offered through […]

52 Weeks to Health: Week 32, Eat Healthy

Healthy Eating on the Run: A Month of Tips You probably eat out a lot—most Americans do. People are looking for fast, easy and good-tasting foods to fit a busy lifestyle. Whether it’s carry-out, food court, office cafeteria or sit-down restaurant, there are smart choices everywhere. Here are 30 tips to help you eat healthy when eating out. Think ahead and plan where you will eat. Consider what meal options are available. Look for restaurants or carry-out with a wide range of menu items. Take time to look over the menu and make careful selections. Some restaurant menus may have […]

Hepatitis A Outbreak Update

The Hepatitis A outbreak continues, with more cases being confirmed in Taylor County (see Lake Cumberland trends). The Lake Cumberland region has had a total of 17 cases to date, 10 of which have occurred in Taylor County. The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) and the Lake Cumberland District Health Department recommend everyone residing in Taylor County be vaccinated. Hepatitis A vaccination is available at most local pharmacies, health departments and health care providers. Kentucky has been experiencing a hepatitis A outbreak since August 2017 with 1221 cases now reported, 687 hospitalizations and 8 deaths. According to the CDC: […]

52 Weeks to Health: Week 31, Health Screenings

Getting preventive care is one of the most important steps you can take to manage your health. That’s because when a condition is diagnosed early, it is usually easier to treat. And regular checkups can help you and your doctor identify lifestyle changes you can make to avoid certain conditions. Use the following link to see what preventive screenings are recommended for your age and gender: Preventive Screenings and Immunizations. While this is not a comprehensive list, these screenings are among the most important. Also listed are needed immunizations. The primary benefit of immunizations are to prevent disease. Immunization is […]

Six Lake Cumberland Counties Experiencing Better Health Outcomes Than Expected and Can Suggest Practical Lessons for Other Communities

Somerset, KY, July 25, 2018 – Three new resources released by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), and the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky offer a fresh approach to understanding health in Appalachia by focusing on community strengths and identifying local factors supporting a Culture of Health. These resources include a case study of Wayne and McCreary counties, and nine other “Bright Spot” counties in Appalachia defying predictions for health with better-than-expected outcomes; the performance-focused research methodology that helped identify these counties; and, a website that explores extensive county-level health data for the entire […]

52 Weeks to Health: Week 30, Personal Wellness Profile

Taking Steps Toward Personal Wellness Often the hardest part of getting started on the journey toward a healthier lifestyle is taking that first step.  A good “first step” can be by simply completing a Health Risk Assessment (HRA).  A HRA is a questionnaire with questions that help determine your current health and your health risks.  There are questions regarding your and your family history of illnesses and medical conditions which can identify health risks for you.  There are questions about your health habits and lifestyle, which can identify areas that you may need to work on to improve. The Lake […]

Hepatitis A: Still Rising for Most of the State

Kentucky is experiencing the worst Hepatitis A outbreak in the nation. Hepatitis A is vaccine preventable and can be largely prevented with good hand washing habits. In order to prevent the outbreak from spreading in Lake Cumberland, anyone who uses illicit drugs (both injection and non-injection), and the homeless should be vaccinated immediately. While Louisville has been the hardest hit, new cases seem to be on the decline there. However, for the rest of the state, new cases are still rising significantly. There are 1,094 reported cases of Hepatitis A in Kentucky as of July 7, 2018, 628 hospitalizations and 8 deaths. The […]