ABOUT Local data for local action
Kentucky Health Factsis sponsored by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. The aim of this website, begun as part of the Foundation’s Local Data for Local Action initiative, is to provide ready access to key health data for Kentucky communities. Our hope is that communities will use this data to identify local needs, to motivate change, to guide planning efforts, and to take meaningful, positive action toward improved health.
The philosophy of Local Data for Local Action is best expressed by the words of Arthur Ashe,
“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”
In order to “start where you are,” health advocates and decision-makers must first identify where that is. Kentucky Health Facts is designed to help communities with that process.
The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky was created in 2001 to address the unmet health care needs of Kentucky, by developing and influencing healthy policy, improving access to care, reducing health risks and disparities and promoting health equity.
About the Data
Source information for all data presented on this is site is listed immediately below the graph or table. In many cases, data is presented as a multiple-year average. This is done to increase the reliability of the data when working with small numbers.
Users are encouraged to think critically about the data when making decisions for their communities. Consider the trends over time – is the situation improving? worsening? What is the magnitude of the issue – how many people are affected? what are the consequences? How does this data relate to the “big picture” – what does this mean for our community? what can we do about it?
Unless otherwise indicated, the information presented on the Kentucky Health Facts website is in the public domain and may be freely reproduced with appropriate citation.
Suggested citation format:
The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, www.kentuckyhealthfacts.org. Data Source: (insert data source information provided below graph or chart)
The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, www.kentuckyhealthfacts.org. Data Source: Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH). Death Certificate Files. Frankfort, Kentucky: Cabinet for Health and Family Services .