Welcome to the Health Department’s Services Page
The Northern Kentucky Health Department provides services to the community through three divisions: Environmental
Health and Safety, Community Health Promotion and Clinical Services. In addition, the Health Department services its internal customers through the Administration and Accounting
Environmental Health and Safety is responsible for enforcing state regulations that deal with many of the community safety and sanitation issues. This division addresses food safety issues (restaurant inspections and food handlers training), vector control (rabies and
West Nile Virus investigations), sewer and sanitation inspections, and the monitoring of public environments for disease control (swimming pool inspections, animal bites). In addition, Environmental
Health and Safety provides education and monitoring devices for
radon gas, and helps coordinate the agency's
disaster preparedness efforts, such as the Medical
Reserve Corps program.
Community Health Promotion services are provided through a wide variety of programs, which assess the community’s health status and plan to address health problems, prevent disease through lifestyle changes, and provide for the needs of vulnerable populations when gaps in services exist.
Tobacco prevention and control,
violence and bully prevention,
physical activity and nutrition, and
HIV prevention are examples of the many health promotion and education services. In addition, the Health Department is the sole provider of
case management services for individuals who are HIV positive and their families.
Clinical Services provides immunizations to children and adults, well child examinations for children, and family planning services for women. The
WIC (Women, Infants and Children) nutritional supplement program is also coordinated through Clinical Services. WIC provides nutritional counseling and healthy food to childbearing women and their children. Many other preventive health services are also provided through this division, including home visits for new parents and their babies,
School-Based Health Centers, screening, self-care education and management of
diabetes, arthritis and cancer, and disease investigation, surveillance and prevention through
day care audits and
disease prevention education.
Other services provided through the District Director of
Health's office include human
resources, public information
and community health planning. Community health planning involves community assessments, and development and implementation of plans that target the identified health problems, utilizing the Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) process. The
Northern Kentucky Public Health Institute
is also coordinated through the Director's office.