Northern Kentucky Health Department
History of the Health
caseload reached 2,379 and the program was moved to the Maternal Child Health
Center at 12 E. Fifth St. in Newport. The Northern Kentucky WIC program was
selected to take part in a national survey to determine the benefits of
providing WIC cereals with high iron contents. Clients would be part of a
national control group.
On August 18,
1981, the Boone County Fiscal Court declared that Boone County would join with
Campbell and Kenton as part of the Northern Kentucky District Health Department.
A month later, on September 28, Grant County joined with Boone, Campbell and
Kenton counties as part of the District Health Department.
marked the first time income guidelines were used for the WIC program. Before
this, anyone at medical or nutritional risk could benefit from the free service.
Department began offering family planning services on April 15, 1981.
On March 24,
the Board moved that the District office be relocated to 401 Park Ave. in
Newport, a building owned by the St. John’s United Church of Christ. At $1 per
year for 15 years, Board members strongly encouraged the relocation. The Health
Department remained in the building through 1999. The renovation to the building
at 401 Park Ave. started in August. On October 5 and 6, the District office
moved to the new location.
Rivers District Health Department met on October 12 to discuss a possible merger
with the Northern Kentucky District. The merger did not take place.
Diabetes Control program was established in Northern Kentucky.
hepatitis epidemic in Fort Mitchell, the Board expressed a desire to implement a
program to increase the knowledge of food service for restaurant personnel
and management. Morrell Raleigh, Environmental Health Educator at the time,
assumed responsibility for educating food operators on hygienic food handling
Department came together on August 6 to address the problem of teenage pregnancy
and established three initial goals: 1) to organize a community coalition
specifically to address the problem of the increase in teenage pregnancy; 2) to
evaluate existing Comprehensive Family Life Programs and school curriculums; and
3) to develop ideas for public awareness.
Department nurses received requests to become more actively involved in the
assessment and treatment of jail inmates. Some Board members expressed concern
about the safety of the nurses. Later, in 1985, it was concluded that nurses
wouldn’t be involved with jails except in Grant County, where a nurse would work
with a contracted physician.
Department purchased a building at 634 Scott St. in Covington, which would later
house the Kenton County maternal and child health programs. The services offered
here included WIC, prenatal, and well child for mothers and infants.
handlers’ classes began for restaurant staff.
Department requested permission to post food service inspection scores on the
premises of restaurants. Later, it was decided that posting scores could be
misleading to the consumer because it reflects the sanitation of the restaurant
only at the time of the inspection. Scores, along with an explanation of the
inspection process, are now posted on the Health Department Web site.
city officials required Cincinnati restaurant proprietors to assign designated smoking
areas and post signs stating so. A regional environmental group, W.A.S. (Water,
Air and Soil), proposed that the Northern Kentucky District Board of Health take the lead
and regulate public smoking as well. In October, the Health Department
established a Public Smoking Ordinance Committee. After much discussion, the
Board decided to wait and see the response from Cincinnati’s ordinance and not
implement one of its own.
Age Defensively Adopt Prevention Today, program was created. It was a locally
funded health promotion program whose target audience was people 55 years and
over in the counties of Boone, Campbell, Grant and Kenton. In the first four
months, 849 patient contacts were provided for Boone County citizens 55 and
marked Judge Dressman’s last meeting with the Board after 13 years of dedication
to the Health Department. The Kenton County Health Center is named after him.
Department purchased a building at 2388 Crisler Ave. in Fort Mitchell. Now
Grandview Drive, the building is currently the Administration Annex.
had the highest rate of teen pregnancy in the nation at 18.4 percent. The Board
of Health began to strongly encourage school personnel in Northern Kentucky to
establish family life education curriculum in their schools for grades
kindergarten through 12. The Board also pushed for the principals of these
schools to train their teachers as well.
19, the Board adopted a resolution for Northern Kentucky schools to promote
early substance abuse prevention and education in their schools through
appropriate curriculum. The Health Department began strongly promoting
curricula such as “Take Charge,” for grades K-6 and “Dual,” for grades 7 and
8, which focused on tobacco, alcohol and drug use, abuse and prevention.
passed a resolution to strongly encourage restaurant and nursing home managers
to create and enforce a non-smoking area of their establishments.
time, there were 122 staff members at the Health Department.
updated its bylaws.
considered offering primary care as part of a statewide plan endorsed by the
Kentucky Public Health Association. The plan was never implemented.
Department began offering family planning and sexually transmitted disease services at Northern Kentucky
Department adopted an AIDS policy for testing and began dealing with HIV in
schools and other public places. It promoted education and control.
Department’s diabetes program was nationally recognized by the American Diabetes
Association as a quality education program. It was the first local health
department to gain this recognition.
County Health Center moved from Woodspoint Drive to a new facility at 7505
Burlington Pike in Florence. It was named after Earl Parker Robinson, a deceased
resident of Boone County. Upon his death, Robinson left the BCHC half a million
dollars in a trust to be spent on renovation, expansion and upkeep of the health
center. The center still bears his name.
Troubadours youth peer education program began giving presentations on family
living and sexuality at local schools.
began discussing legislation on becoming an independent district.
worker was hired for the AIDS program.
In March, the Health Department assumed control of the Northern
Kentucky Air Quality Board “V.I.P.” Vehicle Inspection Program. The office was
located at 1885 Dixie Highway in Fort Wright, and served Boone, Campbell and
The Air Quality Board was responsible for vehicle emissions
control testing. It was established because Northern Kentucky was facing
sanctions from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the form of withheld
highway funds earmarked for the upgrade of the I-75 “death hill” curves if it
did not improve the air quality. In 1991, a new state law allowed the state to
assume responsibility for the vehicle emissions program and the Health
Department closed the V.I.P. office.
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