Education includes a variety of programs and activities directed toward encouraging a healthy weight for adults, children and adolescents, and improving dietary quality including “5 a Day” .
Our Diabetes Team consisting of a Registered Nurse and a Registered Dietician provide community education programs directed toward reducing the incidence and increasing early diagnosis as well as monthly diabetes self management education classes for diabetic persons and their family members.
Staff work with other agencies and the local Montgomery County Cancer Coalition to provide public education and awareness of the importance of screening and early detection as well as serve as a resource site for persons with cancer.
These initiatives include the Postponing Sexual Involvement (PSI) curriculum for Montgomery County sixth grade children, and partnering with the Montgomery County Coalition on Teen Pregnancy and the Montgomery County School system to develop and distribute media messages on abstinence.
Healthy Start in Childcare is a KIDS NOW Initiative to provide consultation on health, safety and nutrition to childcare providers. A trained Healthy Start Childcare Consultant participates in joint activities with the resource and referral agencies to ensure collaboration and coordination regarding health, safety and nutrition issues impacting the quality of childcare.
A variety of programs and education sessions are included such as partnering with the Montgomery County Cooperative Extension Service to facilitate the Montgomery County “Get Moving Kentucky Program” and updating and distributing the Montgomery County Physical Activity Resource Guide. The “Take 10” program provides physical activity breaks to students in the Montgomery County Public Schools. Work site programs to encourage increased physical activity are also conducted.
Reducing the Risk curriculum is offered to ninth graders in the Montgomery County Public School System. This abstinence-based sexuality education curriculum is taught by a trained Health Educator in an effort to promote healthy choices. Facts on disease and effectiveness of protection are emphasized in part of this program. Learning refusal skills and decision making are also emphasized in this program.
HANDS is a voluntary program for new and expectant parents. Families begin by meeting with a HANDS Parent Visitor who will discuss any questions or concerns about pregnancy or a baby’s first years. Based on the discussion, all families will receive information and learn about resources available in the community for new parents. Some families will receive further support through home visitation.
The health department maintains birth and death registration; however, certified copies of birth and death certificates must be obtained from the Kentucky Vital Statistics office.
CPR & First Aid Classes:
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first aide classes are offered on a periodic basis. We also provide specialized training for organizations, business and civic groups. For more information please contact Rachel Ragland at (859) 498-3808 ext: 2438.
Staff provide epidemiological investigation and follow-up, with the institution of appropriate control measures. Reportable communicable diseases are investigated and data is submitted to the state program.
Staff provide services directed toward preventing the initiation of tobacco use among young people, promoting cessation among young people, eliminating non-smokers exposure to environmental tobacco smoke, and identifying and eliminating the disparities related to tobacco and its effects on different population groups. Cooper Clayton Smoking Cessation classes are conducted on a regular basis (see Calendar of Events).