Welcome to the Kentucky Safety and Prevention Alignment Network web site!
KSPAN is a coalition of public and private organizations, and individuals, dedicated to promoting safety and preventing injuries throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
This web site is currently under construction. We will be adding additional content regularly. Please check the site regularly to see our latest additions.
The next KSPAN meeting date will be September 26th, 2014, please take a moment to mark your calendar for Friday, September 26th, 2014 from 10:00am to 4:00pm. This will be our thrid quarterly KSPAN meeting for 2014. The KSPAN Executive Committee meeting will also be held on September 26th, 2014 from 9:00am to 10:00am. This is an open meeting and all are welcomed to attend!
The meeting location will be the training room at Kentucky Association of Counties (KACo) 400 Englewood Drive Frankfort, KY 40601. Please click on the LINK and register if you plan to attend or go to https://kspan.doodle.com/pczen5mm78hcsfvu. Lunches are being provided free by the National Safety Council. Please register as it allows us to know how many lunches to order. Please be sure to go to the end of Englewood Drive and follow the signs to park in the Training Parking Area. You will enter through the basement to access the training facility.
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The June issue of Health Communication Science Digest (HCSD or Digest) is now available at http://www.cdc.gov/healthcommunication/ScienceDigest/index.html
In the Digest this month several authors report research on new media in health communication. Some look at the role of social media in health campaign effectiveness (Avery & Lariscy; Friedman, et al.), others examine emerging uses of Facebook and Twitter in public health (Arcia, Ki & Nekmat; Lachlan, et al.; Rudat, et al.), and one paper details how audience feedback via new media alters organizational behavior (Lee, et al.). Evidence that health messaging impacts audience perceptions where delivered via new media (Paek, et al.; Saguy, et al.; Stavrositu & Kim) or multiple channels (Agaku & Ayo-Yusuf; Jensen, et al.) is also outlined. The use of fear appeals in health message design (Panic, et al.; Popova), health literacy (Chen & Feeley; Rubin, et al.; Verkissen, et al.), and social marketing strategies (Evans, et al.; Pringle, et al.) are the focus of several papers. And, the role of interpersonal communication in health campaign effectiveness is discussed by others (Hendricks, et al.; Kim).
Please remember that you can access all issues of the “Health Communication Science Digest” series online via the searchable Health Communication Science Digest Archive.
FRANKFORT, KY (June 20, 2014) – The state’s maternal and child health leaders are working together to address the rising number of infants born with neonatal abstinence syndrome, the condition caused by exposure to narcotics during pregnancy. The initiative, the Kentucky Perinatal Quality Collaborative, brings together representatives from the Kentucky Department for Public Health, Kentucky Perinatal Association and the March of Dimes, among others.
“This is an extremely important public health issue and one that deserves our attention. If we, as policymakers and health care professionals, are serious about improving the collective health of our state, we must be committed to ensuring our most vulnerable citizens – Kentucky’s infants – are getting the healthiest start to life possible,” said Stephanie Mayfield, M.D., commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health. “We must begin the discussion of substance abuse prevalence and the rise in substance exposed newborns and continue down the path to solving this problem.”
The number of babies exposed to drugs during pregnancy and undergoing withdrawal as a newborn - Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome or NAS - has dramatically increased during the last decade. In the year 2000, fewer than 30 infants were diagnosed with NAS in Kentucky. For the year 2013, that number was more than 950, according to DPH.
“The time has come to treat Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome like the true national public health emergency it is,” said Eric Reynolds, M.D., president of the Kentucky Perinatal Association (KPA). “In addition to the acute withdrawal syndrome as a newborn, infants affected by NAS are at increased risk for SIDS, abusive head trauma, attention and behavioral problems at school age, and their own addictive behaviors as adults.”
Just as the number of infants hospitalized with NAS has increased, the cost of care for the babies has grown exponentially. It was estimated that $190 million was spent nationally on patients with NAS in the year 2000. More recent data from 2009 suggests that the amount had increased to more than$720 million nationally. In Kentucky, figures from 2012 show that health care expenditures attributable to NAS were an estimated $40 million.
The Kentucky Perinatal Quality Collaborative was introduced earlier this month at the KPA annual meeting at Lake Cumberland State Park with the goal of collecting information from partnering hospitals in Kentucky. From there, information on best practices for treating infants with NAS will be disseminated to hospitals and maternal-infant health care providers.
The results of data collected will provide information toward standardized treatments to improve the outcomes of both the mothers and children affected by NAS. Initially, the focus will be on interventions for hospitalized newborns with NAS, including both medication and non-medical treatments.
“We recognize that the treatment of the infant is just the beginning of this process. Ideally, we need to devise policies and interventions to assist the mother, before and after birth, aimed at reducing substance abuse and eliminating NAS in Kentucky,” said Scott Duncan, M.D., a neonatologist and board member of the Kentucky Perinatal Association. “This is not a problem that will go away overnight.”
Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has made improving the health and wellness of Kentucky’s children, families and workforce one of his highest priorities. To significantly advance the wellbeing of Kentucky’s citizens, Gov. Beshear launched kyhealthnow in February as an aggressive and wide-ranging initiative to reduce incidents and deaths from Kentucky’s dismal health rankings and habits. It builds on Kentucky’s successful implementation of health care reform and uses multiple strategies over the next several years to improve the state’s collective health.
Addressing substance abuse is chief among the program’s list of goals, which target a 25 percent reduction in the number of deaths attributed to drug overdose.
“Substance abuse, particularly prescription drug abuse, is an epidemic in the Commonwealth and far too many Kentuckians have been affected by addiction,” said Health and Family Services Secretary Audrey Tayse Haynes. “As the perinatal quality collaborative makes clear, this is a problem that not only affects the health of addicts ky,but is also damaging the lives Kentucky’s infants.”
Additional information about the perinatal quality collaborative can be obtained through the Kentucky Perinatal Association at www.kentuckyperinatal.com.
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As the stigma surrounding suicide is starting to lift, the language of suicide prevention is becoming more nuanced. “We’re more open about it than we used to be,” said Julie Cerel, chairwoman of the board of the American Association of Suicidology. Suicide-prevention advocates say it is important to choose words carefully to prevent further stigmatizing those who have attempted suicide or lost a loved one:
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The combination of multiple prevention approaches such as mandatory enrollment and use of the Kentucky All Schedule Prescription Electronic Reporting system by prescribers and dispensers, physician ownership of pain clinics, prescriber guidelines for pain treatment, and increased law enforcement resulted in substantial decreases in Kentucky resident prescription drug overdose deaths, inpatient hospitalizations, and ED admissions from 2011 to 2012.
On Friday, December 7, 2012, Murray State university (MSU) became the first public university and only the third university in the world to be formally designated an International Safe Community by the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre on Community Safety Promotion. MSU joins a network of more than 200 communities around the world that have met the organization's standards to promote safety and health initiatives. About 150 community members, staff, faculty, and students, participated in the prestigious ceremony that was held in the Murray Room at the CFSB Center in conjunction with the Murray-Calloway County Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting. To read more about their accomplishment and safety program please visit http://www.murraystate.edu/safeCommunities/about.aspx or click HERE.
While much good work is already being done in Kentucky, the member organizations of KSPAN believe that the risk of exposure to injury and violence in our communities can be significantly reduced through strategic planning and partnerships among these many organizations. The mission of KSPAN is to increase capacity and improve effectiveness of safety and injury prevention efforts by promoting greater coordination and alignment of resources throughout the state.
Kentucky's Violence & Injury Prevention 2013 Plan provides objectives and strategies for strengthening the public health response to injuries and violence.
KENTUCKY VIOLENCE & INJURY PREVENTION PLAN 2013
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We encourage organizations with an interest in injury and violence prevention to join KSPAN. We currently have over 100 organizations represented within KSPAN and hope that your organization will consider joining KSPAN. There is no cost for joining KSPAN.
To view our KSPAN by-laws please click HERE.
For an organization to formally join KSPAN please click HERE to download the form.
This form should be filled out and sent to:
Kentucky Injury Prevention & Research Center
333 Waller Avenue, STE 242
Lexington KY 40504-2915
There are hundreds of organizations throughout the Commonwealth that are dedicated to increasing the safety of our state’s citizens and visitors by working to prevent injuries and violence in homes and workplaces, at school and at play, on our roads and in our communities.