Purchase District Health Department

Health
2:07 pm
Fri June 5, 2015

West Kentucky Health Officials to Examine Need for Needle Exchange Programs

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Some health departments in western Kentucky area are mulling the possibility of implementing needle exchange programs to stem transmission of bloodborne diseases like HIV and Hepititus C.

In March, Gov. Beshear signed SB 192, also known as the heroin bill, which gives local health departments the option of starting a program allowing addicts to swap out dirty needles for clean ones.

Earlier this week, Lousiville began the process of starting its own program and while needle use of drugs like heroin is more prevalent in other parts of the state, health officials are starting to take a look at whether the need for a program is great enough in our area.

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Health
5:32 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Regional Healthcare Officials Refine Ebola Response Plans

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Regional healthcare and community officials are tightening up their emergency response plans in the unlikely event that someone comes down with Ebola.

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Health
3:49 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Kentucky Public Health Grant to Help Fight Kids' Tooth Decay

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The Kentucky Department for Public Health is awarding one of five $160,000 grants to the Purchase District Health Department to fund a children's oral health program. 

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Society
7:30 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Region Sees Budget Cuts to Health Departments

Health Departments in the region are preparing to deal with a $6 million cut from state block grant funding.

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Health and Wellness
3:22 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

State Health Department Warns of Rise in Salmonella Cases

Purchase District Health Department

State Health Department officials are looking for the cause of increased Salmonella cases in the region. Purchase District Health Department Epidemiologist Brandi Earp says they’re examining reported cases this summer to try to find any links between them. She says while the number of cases is high, they’re not considering it an outbreak. She says,

“Kentucky Department for Public Health would just like to share that they’re seeing a little bit more increase in Salmonella cases than usual, and they just want to heighten awareness for the public and for providers.”

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