The Health Department operates out of six Northern Kentucky locations, including four county health centers.
Insurance enrollment assistance
Kentuckians can enroll in health care coverage through the healthcare.gov website. Individuals needing assistance with enrollment, can get help from the Northern Kentucky Community Action coalitions. List of contacts and locations.
Prescription drug drop-off boxes
Prescription drug abuse often starts at home, with teenagers stealing unused medications from family medicine cabinets. Unwanted prescription drugs can be safely disposed of in collection boxes. In 2015, the Northern Kentucky Drug Strike Task Force Collected more than half a ton of medication from Northern Kentuckians through these boxes. There are 14 local drop-off boxes. To find the one near you, visit http://odcp.ky.gov/Pages/default.aspx.
Medical Reserve Corps
The Northern Kentucky Medical Reserve Corps is a branch of the federal government's Medical Reserve Corps program, and its goal is to provide a volunteer pool for the region that can enhance and support first responders, public health agencies and the health care infrastructure during a crisis. An orientation session is planned for April 25, 2017, in Edgewood. Learn more.
Free patches can help you quit smoking
Quit Now Kentucky is a FREE tobacco cessation service to help Kentuckians quit smoking or using tobacco products. Residents of Boone, Campbell, Grant and Kenton Counties are eligible to receive four weeks of free nicotine patches when they get help through the Quit Line. Learn more.
Mobile website launched
Public health information in Northern Kentucky, including local food inspection scores, is now easier to access on-the-go through a mobile version of the Health Department’s website. When a visitor goes to nkyhealth.org from a mobile device, he or she is automatically taken to a website that is designed for mobile users with pages that are most frequently visited.
Free radon test kits available
Any building can have a high level of radon, so it is important to test your home for radon. Testing is easy and inexpensive. The Health Department has a limited number of free radon test kits available for residents of Boone, Campbell, Grant and Kenton Counties. Learn more.
Video: Prepare raw chicken safely
Following proper food safety guidelines can reduce the risk of food-borne illnesses, including Salmonella. In this video, Ted Talley, Environmental Health Manager, shows how to prepare raw chicken.
Reduce risk of rabies exposure by avoiding bats
Several Northern Kentucky families have gotten a rude awakening this summer: They awoke to find bats flying around their bedrooms, hanging on curtains or lying on a blanket. Beyond the initial shock of realizing a wild animal had entered their homes, these families are finding out that they are at risk for rabies. Learn more.
Low-cost hepatitis B vaccine available for high risk groups
Northern Kentucky residents who are considered high-risk for contracting hepatitis B are now eligible for low-cost vaccine at the Health Department. The vaccine consists of three doses given over a six-month period. Cost is on a sliding-fee scale based on the patient’s income and family size, with no one turned away for inability to pay. The vaccine is available by appointment at the Health Department’s four county health centers through a grant from the Kentucky Department for Public Health. Adults age 19 and older in high-risk groups are targeted for vaccination and include: men and women who are sexually active with multiple partners; men who have sex with men; individuals diagnosed with type I or type II diabetes, hepatitis C, HIV or a sexually transmitted disease; individuals seeking treatment for substance abuse; and household or sexual contacts of a person infected with hepatitis B. Those interested in vaccination can be screened further by health center staff when scheduling an appointment. Learn more.
Public health accreditation: One of first in nation
The Health Department was one of eleven in the nation to be accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, the independent organization that administers the national public health accreditation program.To achieve accreditation status, the Health Department had to undergo a rigorous, multi-faceted, peer-reviewed assessment process. It had to assure that it is providing the 10 Essential Public Health Services, and demonstrate that the agency supports efforts for quality improvement. Learn more.
Parents who are not married and who did not have the father's name listed on the birth certificate at the hospital may want to legally establish paternity by completing a paternity affidavit at the Health Department's county health centers. The process is free and can be done by appointment. Please call the health center most convenient to you and ask for the clerical coordinator. Please note: Both parents must be at the appointment to complete the affidavit and must bring proof of identity. Also note: the Health Department does NOT provide paternity testing. For more information on paternity affidavits, please call 1.888.675.7425.
HIV/AIDS case management program
The HIV/AIDS Case Management program provides support, referrals and guidance for persons living with HIV/AIDS and members of their households as part of the Kentucky HIV/AIDS Care Coordinator program. Assistance is available to people living in Boone, Campbell, Carroll, Grant, Gallatin, Kenton, Owen and Pendleton Counties. Learn more.
Birth and death certificates
The Health Department does not provide copies of official birth and death certificates locally. They must be obtained from the Kentucky Office of Vital Statistics. Northern Kentucky residents wishing to obtain an official copy of a birth of death certificate have several options to obtain a birth or death certificate, including by phone, online, mail or in person. Learn more about obtaining a copy of a birth or death certificate.
What's going around?
Find out about illnesses that are currently circulating at a higher rate than usual in Northern Kentucky (Boone, Campbell, Grant and Kenton Counties) on the What's Going Around page.
The Find-it-Fast page is designed to help you quickly find information about diseases, health topics and services provided by the Health Department.
Have mold in your home?
Mold in houses, apartments and condominiums is a potentially serious health risk. If you have mold in your dwelling, you can fix the problem and keep it from coming back. Learn more.
New retail food establishments
The Health Department is responsible for inspecting and regulating any establishment serving food, whether it's a restaurant or a temporary food establishment. Learn more about the steps that need to be taken to open a new permanent or temporary food establishment.
Volunteer with the Health Department
There are a variety of ways in which you can volunteer for the Health Department. Apply online.