The health challenges faced by Kentuckians are daunting. With epidemics of cancer, obesity, heart disease, and diabetes, the Commonwealth suffers from severe health disparities – notably concentrated in the Appalachian region. Issues of health care access and cost compound the situation across entire populations. Yet in the dilemma faced by Kentucky, there is opportunity. Underway now is a large-scale initiative to integrate the public and private sectors – researchers, health care organizations, government agencies, communities – in a comprehensive program led by the newly-established Center for Innovation in Population Health at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health.
Men who have sex with men (MSM) are at high risk for sexually transmitted infections (STIs). National guidelines recommend that MSM receive HIV, syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia screening at least annually, and hepatitis A and B and human papillomavirus vaccinations. A multi-site team of researchers investigated associations between disclosure of male-male sexual orientation/behavior and receipt of this panel of services.
The University of Kentucky College of Public Health has named Dr. Heather M. Bush as Chair of the Department of Biostatistics, effective immediately.
“Dr. Bush has already proven herself an able leader, serving as interim department chair since August 2017,” said Dean Donna Arnett. “I look forward to working with her in this role, and anticipate that her tenure will be marked by continued excellence in the Department of Biostatistics.”
The Commonwealth of Kentucky provides a unique opportunity to study cross-jurisdictional sharing by local health departments. With 120 counties, Kentucky’s local governmental public health system includes 47 single-county health departments alongside 17 multi-county health department districts.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease) is a progressive and fatal neurodegenerative disease with no effective treatment. At any given time, more than 20,000 people living in the United States and about 450,000 people worldwide have ALS. Approximately 10 to 15 percent of ALS cases are familial and caused by gene mutations.
New research examines the effectiveness of interventions within the scope of occupational therapy (OT) to improve the performance of instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs) for community-dwelling older adults. The publication “Occupational Therapy Interventions to Improve Performance of Instrumental Activities of Daily Living for Community-Dwelling Older Adults: A Systematic Review” appears in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy. The authors are Dr. Elizabeth G. Hunter, of the University of Kentucky College of Public Health Graduate Center for Gerontology, and Dr.
A central objective of recent US health care policy reform has been to increase access to stable, affordable health insurance -- most notably through the Insurance Marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). However, changing market dynamics – rising premiums, changes in issuer participation and plan availability – raise significant concerns about the ability of the marketplaces to provide a stable source of health care for those Americans who rely on them.
What factors determine the level of care provided to women diagnosed with ovarian cancer? And how do those standards of care affect patient outcomes – including survival rates?
Researchers from the University of Kentucky Center for Public Health Systems and Services Research will discuss methodologies for evaluating the health and economic effects of population-level interventions at a series of national meetings next week.
June 23: at the AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting held in Seattle, Center director and professor of Health Management Policy Dr. Glen Mays will speak as a panelist at a methods workshop on “Generating and Understanding Evidence Needed for Complex Interventions and Real World Applications.”
How have medical marijuana laws affected the attitudes of adolescents and young adults toward use of the substance?