Kentucky Health Facts is 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.”
Start where you Are.
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. Additional regional, national and Kentucky-specific data is available through the following organizations.
SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL HEALTH INDICATORS
ACCESS TO CARE
MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH
USE WHAT YOU HAVE.
In addition to identifying local health needs and priorities through this website, reviewing community strengths and assets will enable planners to “use what you have.” The following planning models and resources may aid local organizations with this process.
- KU Workgroup for Community Health and Development: The Community Tool Box
- National Association of County and City Health Officials: MAPP (Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships)
- Kentucky Hospital Association's Community Benefits Toolkit
- Prevention Institute: THRIVE (Community Tool for Health and Resilience in Vulnerable Environments) and ENACT (Environmental Nutrition and Activity Community Strategies)
- MATCH County Health Rankings: Roadmaps to Health
DO what you CAN.
The ultimate goal of Local Data for Local Action is to empower local leaders to “do what you can” to create meaningful, positive change in the health of our communities. The following resources offer guidance on leveraging existing resources, developing sustainable programs, and securing additional funding.