Northern Kentucky Health Department
History of the Health
The Northern Kentucky District Board of Health was created, joining the Health
Department in Campbell and Kenton counties. The total
expenditures in the first year as a district came to $462,308.22 and the
district health department provided 33,306 services to the people of Northern
Dressman (Kenton County) and Andrew Jolly (Campbell County) were Judge
Executives at this time.
When the District Health Department was formed, it had
47 employees, and was divided into six departments: Office of Biostatistics
Research and Planning; Environmental Services; Medical Services; Administrative
Services; Health Education and Nursing—all under the Health Officer.
The first meeting
of the District Board was held on July 5, 1972, at the Town and Country Restaurant
in Covington. The Chair was Frederick Stine, MD, and the Health Officer was
William V. Banks.
The first district
administrative office was located at 24 W. Fourth St. in Newport.
As of 1973, the District office was relocated to 413 Central Ave. in Newport;
the Campbell County Health Center was located at 401 Park Ave. in Newport; and
the Covington/Kenton County Health Center was located 15th Street in
Department began offering WIC services for the first time. WIC is a federal
program created by Congress in 1972 to provide nutrition and health
education, as well as supplements for nutritious foods
for pregnant women, nursing mothers, infants and children considered at health
risk because of poor nutrition and low income. Kentucky was the first
state to offer WIC. In 1974, the Health Department’s WIC program had a caseload
of 400 patients. By August 1978, WIC had grown to 1,598 patients.
two years, the Campbell County Fiscal Court considered leaving the district, but
decided to remain in the district with the creation of a Campbell County Local
Board of Health-funded medically indigent tax.
office moved from its quarters at 412 Central Ave. in Newport to the Union
Light, Heat and Power building at 107 Brent Spence Square in Covington.
threatened the United States,
48 million Americans got the swine flu vaccination only to learn it was a false alarm. Only a few
hundred cases were recorded nationally. The Health Department held vaccination
clinics in county health centers and off-site.
Department started offering community-wide flu clinics.
District bought the 12 E. Fifth St. building, Newport, in 1977. It opened to the
public in 1979 as the Maternal Child Health Center. Currently, it is used as the
Campbell County Health Center.
and fifty dogs were vaccinated in September and October at 10 mass rabies
mission statement read: “The purpose of the Northern Kentucky District Health
Department is to improve, protect and maintain the general public health and
make each individual aware of his responsibility in maintaining the health of
himself, his family and his community.”
Kentucky received an additional $25,500 from the state health department as an
incentive to remain a district health department.
County Health Center moved into a newly remodeled building at 912 Scott St. in
Covington on March 22 and 23 from a temporary center at 823 Scott St. The
services at the new building at 912 included STD testing, tuberculosis, adult
health and lead testing.
Department began offering a program for senior citizens 55 and over including
diabetes screening, hearing tests and cancer screenings.
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