52 Weeks of Public Health Campaign
April 5th, 2017
Kentucky Project is Part of National Public Health Week Celebration
FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 5, 2017) – The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, launched the 52 Weeks of Public Health campaign this week to highlight the impact of programs making a difference in the lives of Kentuckians. The announcement coincides with National Public Health Week, which began April 3 and runs through Sunday.
Governor Matt Bevin has officially proclaimed the observance for the state, praising Kentucky public health for creating a system that, “strives to protect communities against illness and disease by educating businesses, organizations and schools of best practices to decrease the impact of social and environmental impact on public health.”
“Our Public Health workers are incredibly dedicated, committed, and talented. We are glad to highlight their efforts to promote the health and well-being of their communities,” said DPH Commissioner Dr. Hiram Polk. “We look forward to sharing all the components of the 52 Weeks of Public Health series. Building support for the work we do is crucial as we move forward and prepare for and to face new public health challenges.”
The Kentucky public health system encompasses programs and policy initiatives aimed at improving the health of society from chronic disease prevention and control to disease surveillance. Emergency preparedness is a major component of public health for planning and executing activities to prepare residents for public health emergencies, acts of terrorism, disease outbreaks and crisis response in addition to overseeing statewide public health disaster planning.
“Educating Kentuckians about the wide array of vital work performed by our public health professionals will prove extremely beneficial,” continued Vickie Yates Brown Glisson, CHFS Secretary. “We look forward to starting these weekly healthy conversations about public health topics and engaging more Kentuckians in our efforts to build a healthier generation.”
Throughout the planned 52 Weeks of Public Health promotion, DPH will send out a weekly reminder of the many ways Kentuckians benefit from public health. Local health departments will be encouraged to showcase events and activities in their communities that coincide with the weekly DPH topic. Additional information about the 52 Weeks of Public Health campaign is available on the DPH website http://chfs.ky.gov/dph/52weeks.htm and will be posted on the CHFS Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/kychfs where Kentuckians are encouraged to like and share posts among their networks of friends
Meanwhile, information on National Public Health Week is available online at: http://www.nphw.org/.
Additional information is available at http://chfs.ky.gov/.
The Cabinet for Health and Family Services is home to most of the state’s human services and healthcare programs, including the Department for Medicaid Services, the Department for Community Based Services the Department for Public Health and the Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities. CHFS is one of the largest agencies in state government, with nearly 8,000 full- and part-time employees located across the Commonwealth focused on improving the lives and health of Kentuckians.