Kentucky articles

2017 KIDS COUNT County Data Book introduces benchmarks for child well-being

By Mara Powell The 2017 Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book offers the latest data on 17 measures of child well-being, showing whether outcomes for children have improved, worsened or stayed the same over a five-year period. It also calculates how many children would be impacted if Kentucky was able to make just a 10 percent improvement for each measure. Detailed data is available

The high cost of smoking in Kentucky

  Kentucky spends $1.92 billion every year on healthcare costs related to smoking, according to a new infographic released by the Coalition for a Smoke-Free Tomorrow. The infographic makes the case for raising the state’s current tax on cigarettes by at least $1 per pack, which would raise $266.2 million a year in revenue that the Commonwealth could

Kentucky moves up three spots in America’s Health Rankings report

America’s Health Rankings, released by United Health Foundation, show Kentucky continues to struggle with many health measures, but has moved up three spots from the 2016 report, to 42nd from 45th. The annual report ranks states based on 35 measures of behaviors, community and environment, policy, clinical care and outcomes data. Kentucky earned its highest

Preventing blindness: Sixty percent of Americans with diabetes skip annual eye exams

By Liz Roach People with diabetes are at increased risk of developing serious eye diseases, yet most do not have sight-saving, annual eye exams, according to a large study. This is especially timely as the Kentucky Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons (KAEPS) joined the Academy in reiterating the importance of eye exams last month, which is observed as Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month. Researchers

Louisville Metro releases 2017 Health Equity Report

The 2017 Louisville Health Equity report was released on November 30.  The detailed 168-page report is designed as a tool for policy makers and residents to better understand how they can create more equitable policies and practices. The study looks at health-related factors like suicide, mental health, asthma, housing, drug and alcohol use and homicides in