College of Public Health students graduating

Kentucky Public Health Commissioner visits UK campus

Stephanie Mayfield Gibson, MD, FCAP, Commissioner, Kentucky Department for Public Health presented at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health’s Grand Rounds. Over 70 people, from various colleges across campus, attended the presentation that was held at the Hilary J. Boone Center on November 30.

Stephanie Mayfield Gibson, MD, FCAP, was appointed Commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health on October 1, 2012. Commissioner Mayfield Gibson spoke regarding the governor’s public health goals and priorities, as well as the strategic mission/vision.

Priorities include working to make Kentucky smoke-free, increasing the number of HPV vaccinations administered, as well as the expanding the Health Access Nurturing Development Services (HANDS) program so services are provided not only to first time families but to families who are parenting other children. Additional public health goals include assuring oral health for Kentucky, especially children in Appalachia, tackling obesity, and the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

The Kentucky Department for Public Health develops and operates all public health programs and activities for the citizens of Kentucky including health service programs for the prevention, detection, care and treatment of physical disabilities, illness and disease. Their mission is to improve the health and safety of people in Kentucky and they work to achieve this through responsiveness, equity, accountability, honesty and collaboration.

Commissioner Mayfield Gibson stated that communication and collaboration are key components to attaining their mission as well. The Kentucky Health Information Exchange (KHIE) is one way that helps to improve communication—using nationally recognized standards, it supports a statewide exchange of health information among health care providers and organizations. The importance of building relationship with other public health organizations as well as partnering/collaborating with those outside the public health realm to handle the health and safety needs of Kentuckians was stressed as well.