Author Archives: Sally McMahon

UK Center of Excellence in Rural Health releases research report on COVID-19 stakeholder experiences in Kentucky

Researchers at the University of Kentucky Center of Excellence in Rural Health (UK CERH) have released COVID-19 Stakeholder Experiences in Kentucky, a report that details the findings of surveys taken by more than 900 healthcare providers, school leaders, community health workers and their clients, and community members in Kentucky during the summer and fall of

March of Dimes and Anthem Foundation Tackle Inequity in Maternal Healthcare in Kentucky

 March of Dimes, the leader in the fight for the health of all moms and babies, and longtime partner,  Anthem Foundation, are working together to tackle America’s maternal and infant health crisis. As both organizations continue to address health inequity across the country, the partnership in Kentucky aims to address the racial disparities and social determinants of health that

Peer review privilege in Kentucky: A revolution in public policy

By Ed Monarch and Kyle Virgin Peer review information and communications are privileged in Kentucky, but only through a relatively recent enactment, and after a complicated legal history. KRS 311.377 grants broad privilege protections to peer review proceedings and documentation in medical malpractice cases.  As effective on July 14, 2018, this statute extended privilege and

GLMS Foundation encourages Kentuckians to get COVID-19 vaccine in video PSAs

As the COVID-19 vaccine becomes more widely available, the Greater Louisville Medical Society (GLMS) Foundation is launching a public health campaign encouraging community members to get the vaccine once they are eligible. The campaign encourages all residents, with a focus on Black, Spanish-speaking and elderly Kentuckians, to learn more about the vaccine and includes two

Integrating behavioral health into end-of-life care

By Lisa King, PsyD According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) approximately 20 percent of the US population experiences symptoms of mental illness (mild to severe in nature). Around five percent of the US population suffer from a severe mental illness which is defined as “a mental, behavioral, or emotional disorder resulting in serious

Synchronizing primary care and behavioral healthcare for patients

By Candace Shireman Kentucky Integrated Care was established in September 2017. Embedded within Seven Counties Services, it serves the following counties in Kentucky, which surround the Louisville metropolitan area: Bullitt, Henry, Jefferson, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer and Trimble counties. The program was launched as a five-year project to synchronize primary care with behavioral healthcare. This mission