From 1994–2014, Kentucky saw an average of four work-related pedestrian fatalities per year. However, from 2015–2019, the average number of work-related pedestrian fatalities rose an alarming 75% to seven per year. The Kentucky Occupational Safety and Health Surveillance (KOSHS) program recently released a Hazard Alert that focuses on pedestrian fatalities.
Kentucky ranks above the national average for children who experience multiple adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), drug overdose, and suicide. This month, the CDC and American Public Health Association’s partnership—Communicating for Connection: Strengthening Messaging To Prevent ACEs, Overdose, and Suicide—will be presented during the Kentucky Safety & Prevention Alignment Network’s (KSPAN’s) quarterly meeting on May 26.
The Division of Overdose Prevention and the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) partnered to investigate the literature available on Health Equity in Drug Overdose Response.
Produced by KIPRC, KyOD2A Happenings is a quarterly newsletter to share information about drug overdose prevention research, community initiatives, data reports, and resources that are relevant to Kentucky. In this issue, "Statewide opioid overdoses treated in ER departments trending downward", "Franklin County asks its kids to 'Just Say Yes'", and more.
By changing how injuries are identified and categorized by health care providers, significant changes to the underlying healthcare coding system in 2015 have given injury epidemiologists new ways to track and understand patterns of injury across the United States.
Suicide is a leading cause of death in Kentucky. It is also preventable. As the COVID-19 pandemic passes the year mark, many continue to be concerned with mental health, isolation, and substance misuse — all of which are known circumstances to increase the risk of suicide.
Despite interruptions from an ongoing pandemic, the Mobile Harm Reduction Unit has been able to partner with local health departments to distribute naloxone kits and educational handouts during COVID-19 testing events.
As COVID-19 continues to impact the day-to-day lives of many, a KIPRC and College of Public Health pilot project is looking at how the pandemic could have negative effects on the well-being of older adults living independently at home.