Purpose and History

KRDC members discuss at a monthly meeting

Pictured above: A discussion among KCHC members at a meeting

Our Vision

Health for all of Kentucky.

Our Mission

To create healthy communities and improve the health of all people through:

  • Health awareness and education
  • Motivating self-care
  • Creating healthy living resources
  • Connecting communities to promote health
  • Improving care coordination through empowering communities

The HRSA grant seeks to:

  • Change clinical training environments into integrated geriatrics and primary care delivery systems.
  • Train providers who can assess and address the needs of older adults and their families or caregivers at the individual, community, and population levels.
  • Deliver community-based programs that will provide patients, families, and caregivers with the knowledge and skills to improve health outcomes and the quality of care for older adults.

The Plan4Health grant seeks to:

  • Increase access to healthy food in rural counties
  • Increase access to exercise in rural counties

History

Every day 10,000 Baby Boomers turn 65.  The current system says we will be fed and cared for in a safe and convenient place after all our money is spent.  According to a study by Faul & D'Ambrosio, Baby Boomers want:

  • Choice of living arrangements that encourage livability
  • To remain at home
  • Supportive living that promotes life satisfaction and stimulation
  • The right to die with dignity
  • Affordable health care
  • Coordinated and preventative health care
  • A life that remains meaninful and connected to community
  • Savings should not be depleted in securing support
  • Ability to live in alternative livable communities

Health overview

Diabetes in the state of Kentucky has increased steadily over the past several years. The graph below shows the rate of diabetes since 2004, which has now reached a rate above one in ten. The rates of diabetes in Spencer (11.2), Trimble (11.3), Bullitt (12.1), Shelby (10.5), Metcalfe (13.3), Hart, (11.3) and Barren (11.6) Counties are even higher than the overall rate of diabetes for Kentucky.  Shelby (10.5), Henry (9.8) and Oldham (9.4) Counties are below the KY rate of 10.6.

Pictured above: Graph of prevalence of diabetes in Kentucky, 2004-2013 orange is the US median (9.7) and red is the KY median (10.6)

Graph provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

According to the Alzheimer's Association, Alzheimer's in Kentucky will continue to rise,  Click here for the fact sheet.

Kentucky has the highest rate of lung cancer in the US and is in the top 10 for colorectal, breast and cervical cancers, all of which are preventable.  Click here for the 2013 fact sheet.