Through three separate funding opportunities, the Barren River District Health Department has secured a total of $267,700 for local programs and services. The majority of the funding, $212,000 will supplement the operation of the Diabetes Prevention Program and Diabetes Group Education Classes. These resources are valuable to the health of our community, as 2018 data shows that 12.3% of adults in the BRADD region have diabetes.
Another grant though the Kentucky Department of Public Health awarded BRDHD Tobacco Cessation staff with $21,000 to help district schools make the change to being 100% Smoke-Free campuses. This project will allow two health department staff members to become Tobacco Education Specialists, fund tobacco-free signage at schools, a media campaign at Franklin Drive-In, and a 100% Tobacco-Free Schools Billboard Design Contest with local middle school students.
BRDHD Harm Reduction staff received $16,000 to double syringe exchange hours in both Warren and Barren county locations, as well as fund a multi-media, anti-stigma campaign on the importance of harm reduction in our community. This campaign will include 15-second educational videos that will air on a local TV station and social media.
The Barren River District Health Department is proud to have dedicated public health professionals who strive to do their part in improving the quality of life for all every day.
They encourage the public to stay up-to-date on local public health happenings on social media at Facebook @BarrenRiverDistrct, on Twitter @BarrenRiverHD, and on the web at www.barrenriverdistrict.org.