Grayson Health Academy
We offer educational programs to help increase the overall health and well-being of our community through our health academy. These programs are listed below.
The Grayson County Health Center offers many opportunities for all members of the community to learn about various health topics and how to live healthier lifestyles. Their highly qualified staff is available and ready to organize and present classes to educate on many different health issues. They also conduct numerous community, workplace and school activities in the area to better improve the health of the county.
Those interested in scheduling a health education class or presentation should contact the center.
Cigarette smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States, and each year more than 8,000 people die from tobacco-related illnesses in Kentucky alone. The Grayson County Health Center strongly encourages the cessation of tobacco use.
Cigarette smoking diminishes overall health, increases the risk of death from many causes in both men and women and harms nearly every organ in the body.
Kentucky’s Health Access Nurturing Development Services, or HANDS, program is a free, voluntary mentoring program for all families. Home visitors offer participants guidance and positive lifestyle teachings to give babies the best start in life. Guidance includes information on having a healthy pregnancy, baby care, discipline and managing stress.
The program’s vision is to ensure every child is wanted and cared for in a stimulating and nurturing environment. Its goals are healthy pregnancies and births, healthy child growth and development, healthy safe homes and self-sufficient families.
Families must enroll during pregnancy or in the first three months of a baby’s life.
Call (270) 259-3141 to sign up.
If official birth or death certificates are needed, the appropriate forms are available at the Grayson County Health Center. You also may visit the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services website for more information and to download forms
Elevated Lead Management
Lead exposure can affect almost every system in the body, but can go unrecognized because often there are no recognizable symptoms. There are at least 4 million households with children in the United States with elevated lead levels. The Grayson County Health Center provides testing kits to help determine if houses have elevated lead levels.
If levels are elevated, health center staff can help manage the issue by identifying the source of lead and finding strategies to reduce lead levels. They also will help coordinate follow-up testing to make sure levels remain low.
Grief Counseling Services Referrals
In the event of the loss of a child, the Grayson County Health Center refers grieving families to local community counselors.
Medical Reserve Corps
During a disaster or mass emergency, proper response is critical. It’s imperative to have properly trained medical and public health professionals, as well as non-medical professionals ready to assist if necessary.
The Grayson County Medical Reserve Corp is a volunteer group of local community members trained to assist during a disaster and/or mass medical emergency. These volunteers are interested in strengthening the public health infrastructure and improving the preparedness and response capabilities for the benefit of our entire community.
For more information and if interested in becoming a Medical Reserve Corps volunteer, register online at Kentucky Health Emergency Listing of Professionals for Surge (KHELPS).
The Grayson County Health Center team includes a Preparedness Planner who works with officials throughout the county to assess possible emergency situations that could arise during a natural or man-made disaster and to determine solutions and strategies. They meet monthly to discuss possible vulnerabilities and formulate a plan for each circumstance.
The center also educates the public on how to prepare for emergencies such as tornadoes and earthquakes as well as winter weather.
The Grayson County Health Center has a variety of offerings promoting diabetes education. Classes are available that teach diabetes self-management, including healthy eating, being active, monitoring medications, reducing risks and healthy coping.
Diabetes Support Group classes also are available at the Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center. These are in collaboration with the University of Kentucky Extension Office and Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center and focus on various topics relating to diabetes and diabetes management.