Kentuckians asked to take health survey

State seeks help on setting priorities

mmeehan1@herald-leader.comJuly 15, 2013 

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Kentuckians are being asked to help the state improve the health of the commonwealth by taking a Kentucky Department for Public Health survey.

Residents have until Aug. 1 to go online and answer questions about health priorities in the state. For example, as part of the survey residents are asked to rank a number of health issues such as diabetes and maternal and child health by importance to the state.

"The Department for Public Health is asking for your input to decide what priorities to focus on for the Kentucky State Health Improvement Plan," said Commissioner Dr. Stephanie Mayfield.

Currently, Kentucky ranks 50th in smoking, 40th in obesity and 50th in cancer deaths. Overall, Kentucky currently ranks 44th among states in major health status categories, according to the America's Health Rankings Profile for 2012.

There is no target for the number of participants, but health officials hope to get input from as many people as possible.

Information from the survey will be analyzed and used to dictate how health issues are addressed in the state.

To access the survey

Go to

To receive a paper copy of the survey call: (502) 564-3970.

Mary Meehan: (859) 231-3261. Twitter: @bgmoms. Blog:

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