Kentucky

Louisville, Kentucky Skyline
At a Glance
  • State Population: 4.4 million
  • Local Health Departments: 61
  • Frequent Public Health Emergencies: Severe Weather, Flooding, Disease Outbreaks
  • Key Emergency Operations Center Activations: 2020: COVID-19 Pandemic; 2018-2019 Vaccine Administration Adverse Reaction; 2017-2019: Hepatitis A Outbreak
  • CDC PHEP Funding:
    FY 2021: $8,510,043
    FY 2020: $8,348,507
  • CDC Crisis Response Funding: COVID-19
    FY 2021: $27,129,696
    FY 2020: $7,464,395
PHEP-Funded Staff (rounded)
  • Epidemiologists: 1
  • Laboratorians: 3
  • Educator: 1
  • Health Professionals: 1
  • CDC Preparedness Field Staff: 1
  • Other*: 25

*Includes IT specialists, administrative staff, statisticians, and other positions

Top 5 Preparedness Investments
  1. Community Preparedness
  2. Emergency Operations Coordination
  3. Community Recovery
  4. Public Health Surveillance and Epidemiological Investigation
  5. Public Health Laboratory Testing
Stories from the Field
Kentucky Eclipse
CDC Keeps Kentucky Residents and Visitors Safe During 2017 Solar Eclipse

In Kentucky, PHEP supports a CDC field scientist who works with local staff to improve surveillance, strengthen outbreak response, conduct epidemiologic investigations, and develop the public health workforce. On August 21, 2017, a solar eclipse passed through several U.S. states, including Kentucky. In preparation, the CDC scientist, with local partners, supervised development of a surveillance system that monitored health issues commonly associated with mass outdoor gatherings, like gastrointestinal illness, heat-related illness, and injuries. There was an influx of an estimated 116.500 visitors to the area, and with the system, public health staff could identify any outbreaks in near real-time and respond quickly.

Photo Courtesy of Kentucky Department of Public Health
Kentucky Opioid Epidemic
Public Health Preparedness Resource Helps Kentucky Fight Opioid Overdose Epidemic

In December 2016, the Kentucky Department for Public Health and the Kentucky Pharmacists Association partnered with county health departments to train community members to recognize overdose symptoms and administer naloxone. Naloxone is a medicine that can prevent death from opioid overdose. Once trained, community members receive naloxone kits from the state’s PHEP funded mobile pharmacy to use if they encounter someone suffering from an overdose. In about a year, the mobile pharmacy has been present at about 26 events. More than 1,200 community members received naloxone kits and training, ensuring that they have the skills and medicine to save lives.

Kentucky Winter Storm
Caring for the Chronically Ill During Emergencies

During two winter storms in early 2015 and 2016, the Kentucky Department for Public Health was able to continue caring for vulnerable patients, because they had established state and local public health emergency expertise and had relationships in place with partners such as law enforcement and were able to work together to mitigate the health effects of life-threatening emergencies.

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Page last reviewed: January 14, 2022, 01:40 pm