Northern Kentucky Health Department
History of the Health
Department established the annual “Award of Excellence in Public Health” to
honor organizations, groups and/or individuals in Northern Kentucky who are
dedicated to the advancement of public health efforts.
from U.S. Rep. Ken Lucas, the Medicare Nutrition Therapy Amendment Act of 2001
was passed. It provided Medicare Part B coverage of Medical Nutrition Therapy
for those patients with diabetes or kidney disease.
of Health formed a new committee, the Human Sexuality Education Committee, to
study the information provided to Health Department clients.
Northern Kentucky was selected by the National Association for
City and County Health Officials as one of nine national demonstration sites for
a new community assessment and strategic planning tool called “Mobilizing for
Action through Planning and Partnerships,” or MAPP. The Community Health
Committee continued with this process to the development of the “Public Health
System Improvement Plan 2003.”
Smoke-Free Day of Dining was held on November 15, with 10 restaurants going
smoke-free for the day.
child fatality review team is established in Boone County to investigate child
fatalities and use the information to prevent future deaths. Teams are later
formed in Campbell and Kenton counties.
outbreak occurred, with 306 cases in Northern Kentucky and 2,000 in Cincinnati.
District Board decided to offer only sexual abstinence until marriage curricula
in local schools. The “Choosing the Best,” program is selected, and is
implemented beginning in 2002.
Virus monitoring program began with surveillance of mosquitoes and birds.
to the events of September 11 and the anthrax scare, the Health Department
developed an updated version of its Disaster Response and Recovery Plan. Later,
additional staff are hired to address disaster planning and preparedness.
the District Board voted to remove the position of Medical Director. Reasons
given for this action were that a Medical Director was not needed since the
Health Department never entered into managed care and that the Northern Kentucky
Health District was not large enough to require a full-time Medical Director.
the Boone County Local Board of Health approved funding for its first
school-based health centers at Collins Elementary and R.A. Jones Middle School
in Boone County. The school-based centers provided basic physicals,
immunizations, screening tests, acute health care, case management and health
On June 19,
the District Board considered a motion to discontinue programs funded through
federal Title X family planning money. After considerable Board and community
debate, the motion failed and the family planning program continued.
17, the District Board of Health passed a resolution in support of smoke-free
Department Web site,
http://www.nkyhealth.org, is redesigned.
Health Department nurses were among the first in Kentucky to be vaccinated
against smallpox as part of a plan to protect health-care workers against
the disease. The Health Department was also the first local health department in
Kentucky to offer the vaccine to local health-care workers on March 17, 2003.
About 70 people were vaccinated.
Task Force, a group of Health Department staff, is formed to examine the Health
Department’s culture and create an Organizational Change Plan. The plan is
implemented throughout much of 2005.
sealant program created. Through the program, a Health Department dental
hygienist and assistant travel to local schools to place sealants, a protective
coating that prevents tooth decay, on the teeth of elementary school students.
Department partnered with the AMOS Project, a local faith-based group to provide
lead screenings in Covington.
Department staff coped with a nationwide flu vaccine shortage in the fall by
offering the vaccine only to those people considered by the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention to be at high-risk from developing complications from the
The “Get Up,
Get Out, Get Fit” campaign was launched in Grant County to encourage residents to
be physically active. The program later expanded to Campbell and Boone counties.
The Master Health Plan for Northern Kentucky is published in
January, and outlines important health issues in three areas: physical health,
lifestyle and environment and access to health services. This plan combines the
objectives of the APEX-PH, PACE-EH and MAPP strategic processes, and also
the priorities identified by other organizations within the public health
of the parasite Cryptosporidiosis was spread through the water in local swimming
pools. More than 100 Northern Kentucky residents are infected, and more than 600
are infected in Greater Cincinnati.
County officials considered pulling out of the health district. After studying the
issue at length, the Boone County Fiscal Court decided in January 2006 to remain
in the district. However, with buy-in from the County Judge Executives in Boone,
Campbell, Kenton and Grant counties, a reorganization subcommittee of the
District Board of Health’s Planning and Project Review Committee was formed to
examine changes in the structure of the district to better provide services
based on needs of individual counties.
Health Department staff members traveled to Mississippi between September and
November to assist with Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. Three groups of
nurses helped provide nursing care at a Red Cross shelter in Ocean Springs,
Miss.; and three Health Environmentalists worked throughout the Mississippi Gulf
Coast inspecting food preparation and sanitation as part of teams organized by
the Kentucky Department for Public Health.
A new Kenton
County Health Center, located at 2002 Madison Ave. in Covington, opened on June
5. The new facility has more space and parking than the previous location on
Scott Street. It is the result of more than a year of planning and remodeling
work led by the Kenton County Local Board of Health. The building was purchased
by the Kenton County Local Board for $1.5 million in July 2005.
The HANDS (Health Access Nurturing Development Services) program expands,
covering children from age 2 to 3 1/2. The extended program is intended to
bridge the gap between age 2 and the beginning of pre-school. Northern Kentucky
is the only region in the state to offer these services--elsewhere, HANDS ends at
Department responds to simultaneous outbreaks of Crypstosporidium and Shigella,
both diarrhea-causing illnesses. More than 190 cases of Crypto were reported and
more than 306 cases of Shigella were reported during the outbreak.
The food inspection listings on the Health Department's Web site is
upgraded, allowing users to search for scores by establishment name, location,
ZIP code and score received.
Department embarks on a new community health planning project, in partnership
with Vision 2015. The assessment looks at all aspects of the health care system
in the region, and gathers community input. The resulting report, "Vision for a
Healthy and Vibrant Community," is published in January 2010.
Department staff are given the option of working 10-hour days, four days a week.
The shift in scheduling allows for services to be provided at extended hours.
Department employees and one Northern Kentucky Medical Reserve Corps volunteer
are deployed to Louisville to work in a shelter for individuals evacuated from
New Orleans during Hurricane Gustav.
September, a windstorm causes widespread power outages in the area. The Health
Department staff responds providing information on food safety, and works with
restaurants to ensure that contaminated food is not served.
The economic downturn leads to an increased need for Health Department
services. Enrollment in the WIC (Women, Infants and Children) nutrition
supplement program grows by 1,000 over the course of a year--typical growth had
are deployed to Muhlenberg County, Ky., to work in a special needs shelter for
victims of an ice storm.
Department responds to the nationwide outbreak of swine flu (H1N1). More than
30,000 people receive the swine flu vaccine at community and school-based
clinics. Additionally, the Health Department allocates more than 60,000 doses of
vaccine to local medical providers. Throughout the response, education and
information are made readily available through public meetings, Web pages and
November, the Campbell County Health Center moves from its location on Fifth
Street in Newport to the new Campbell County Administration Building at 1098
Monmouth St. in Newport. The new facility provides additional space, parking and
conference room facilities.
The Health Department continues to serve residents of Boone,
Campbell, Grant and Kenton and provides more than 100,000 direct and indirect
services to each member of the community. Services include providing child and
adult preventative health and wellness services; family planning services;
communicable disease prevention and control; coordinated school health
programs/assessments; violence prevention programs; environmental health
services; birth and death certificates; community wellness services; and health
planning, monitoring and public information.
Health Department has about 190 employees, divided among five departments:
Administration and Accounting; Clinical Services; Community Health Promotion;
Environmental Health and Safety and the Office of the District Director—all
under the District Director of Health.
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