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Rise in work-related pedestrian fatalities prompts KOSHS Hazard Alert notice

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.

CDC, APHA to present partnership at KSPAN meeting

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.

Launch of Health Equity in the Response to Drug Overdose webpage and resources

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.

KyOD2A Happenings: Volume 2, Issue 1

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.

KIPRC hosting quarterly community summits

The Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center (KIPRC) is hosting a virtual discussion of trends and patterns in drug overdose deaths that occurred in 2020.

Healthcare Coding Changes Yield New Insights On Injury Patterns

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.

QPR trainings provide tools for suicide prevention

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.

KOSHS releases hazard alert on electrocutions

From 2000–2019, 64 workers in Kentucky died by electrocution, which accounts for nearly 3% of all work-related fatalities in the state during that time period.

Mobile Harm Reduction Unit teams up with COVID-19 testing events

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.

Project looks at how the pandemic could have negative effects on older adults

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.