UK College of Public Health Dean Donna Arnett will speak to members of U.S. Congress on the importance of using quality surveillance data to monitor, evaluate and plan interventions in communities impacted by the opioid epidemic on June 19.
June is Scoliosis Awareness Month
Scoliosis is a musculoskeletal disorder in which there is a sideways curvature of the spine, or back. People of all ages can have scoliosis, but adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (scoliosis of unknown cause) is the most common type and typically occurs after the age of 10. Girls are more likely than boys to have this type of scoliosis. Because scoliosis can run in families, a child who has a parent, brother, or sister with idiopathic scoliosis should be checked regularly for scoliosis by the family doctor. An xray of the spine can confirm the diagnosis of scoliosis.
52 Weeks of Public Health Campaign Spotlight: Reducing the Burden of COPD
FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 12, 2017) – As part of the 52 Weeks of Public Health campaign, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) within the Cabinet of Health and Family Services (CHFS) highlights the first ever COPD National Action Plan.
52 Weeks of Health Campaign Spotlight: Make Father’s Day Men’s Health Day
FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 5, 2017) – As Part of the 52 Weeks of Public Health campaign, the Kentucky Department of Public Health (DPH) within the Cabinet of Health and Family Services (CHFS) is encouraging men to make their health a priority while celebrating Father’s Day. Here are recommended tools to start.Get Good Sleep
Adults need between 7-9 hours of sleep. Insufficient sleep is associated with a number of chronic diseases and conditions, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and depression. Also, poor sleep is responsible for motor vehicle and machinery-related accidents.
Three of the college’s outstanding faculty received teaching awards presented at the graduation reception on May 5, 2017. These awards recognize faculty achievement in teaching and mentoring.
The 2017 University of Kentucky Libraries Spring Gala will recognize this year's recipient of the UK Libraries Medallion for Intellectual Achievement, national public health leader Dr. F. Douglas Scutchfield.
Dr. Xi Chen will deliver the UK College of Public Health Distinguished Lecture on “Climate and Environmental Health Challenges to Human Development in China” on April 27 at the University of Kentucky.
UK College of Public Health researcher Hefei Wen has authored a study showing state drug-monitoring programs are effective in reducing the number of opioids prescribed to Medicaid recipients.
The research, published in the April edition of Health Affairs, provides evidence that state mandates for provider participation in prescription drug-monitoring programs (PDMP) have influenced safer prescribing practices in providers who treat Medicaid patients. The analysis suggests state PDMP mandates are associated with a reduction in opioid prescriptions received by Medicaid patients and Medicaid spending on opioid prescriptions by as much as 10 percent.