Community Services

The Lawrence County Health Department is committed to a wide range of community
outreach programs for health education and services.

CONTACT: Ashley Wilks,

Diabetes Prevention Program

Change for Life Diabetes Prevention Program

Have you ever been told by a health care professional that you:

  • Are at risk for diabetes?
  • Have prediabetes?
  • Have high blood sugar or glucose?
  • Have gestational diabetes?

You may be at high risk for type 2 diabetes but there is something you can do about it. The CDC National Diabetes Prevention Program can help you make a Change for Life. You will learn to change your lifestyle to prevent type 2 diabetes. Groups meet for 16 weekly sessions followed by six monthly sessions with a trained lifestyle coach.

To qualify you must be 18 years or older and have a BMI of at least 25 and have at least ONE of the following:

  • Fasting blood glucose (range 100 -125 mg/dl)
  • 2-hour glucose (range 140-199 mg/dl)
  • HbA1c (range 5.7-6.4)
  • History of Gestational Diabetes
  • Score 9 or more on the CDC Prediabetes Screening Test

Risk Test

CONTACT: Ashley Wilks, RN,

Diabetes Support Group

Healthy Living With Diabetes Support Group

  • Second Monday of each month
  • Open to the Public
  • Light Refreshments Provided
  • 5 p.m. at the Lawrence County Cooperative Extension Office
  • 249 Industrial Park Road

Sponsored by Lawrence County Health Department, Three Rivers Medical Center, UK Cooperative Extension Services, Kentucky Homeplace and Lawrence County Health Action Team.

For more information call (606) 673-9495 or (606) 638-4389.

Harm Reduction Program

Tuesdays from 1-3 p.m.
OVP Health
108 W. Madison Street
Louisa, KY

Free and Anonymous Services including:

  • HIV Testing
  • Narcan Distributed
  • Wound Care Kits
  • Hygiene Kits
  • Sharps Containers

Health Action Team (HAT)

The Lawrence County Health Action Team or HAT is a group of concerned citizens committed to improving the health and wellness of our citizens. HAT was formed on September 9, 2009 with a mission to unify our community resources to improve the health status of individuals in a safe environment. HAT has three focus areas:

  1. Group behavioral change that will result in improvement of diet, physical activity and tobacco free lifestyle.
  2. Unify health messages from the medical professionals by providing health education materials and continuing education programs.
  3. Improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diabetes.

HAT members include Three Rivers Medical Center, Lawrence County Board of Education, Lawrence County Cooperative Extension Service, Pathways Mental Health Agency, Lawrence County Health Department, Kentucky Homeplace, Kentucky Cancer Program and other interested individuals.


KY-Agency for Substance Abuse Policy

The Kentucky Agency for Substance Abuse Policy (KY-ASAP) was created in 2000 to develop a strategic plan to reduce the prevalence of alcohol, tobacco and other drug use among youth and adult populations in Kentucky and coordinate efforts among state and local agencies in the area of substance abuse prevention. KY-ASAP is unique in that local boards determine their own needs for their service area. Through a strategic plan and needs assessment, the local boards identify the issues that they need to direct their dollars toward concerning tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs as related to abuse.


Smile Savers Dental Hygiene Program

Smile Savers Dental Hygiene Program provides preventive dental hygiene services for students from Kindergarten through 8th Grade in the school setting. Services are provided by a Public Health Registered Dental Hygienist. There is no charge to parents for this service. Parents must complete a registration and consent form prior to their child receiving services. A dental report card with any findings and recommendations will be provided to parents after services have been completed. Each student will be referred to a local dentist for establishment of a dental home.

Services provided:

  • Cleaning
  • Fluoride Varnish
  • Sealant Placement – must have 6 or 12 year molars

CONTACT: Rhonda Collins, PHRDH,


Teen Outreach Program (TOP)

The Teen Outreach Program (TOP) is an in-school club that meets at least one time per week during the school year. The program is funded through the Personal Responsibility Education Program Grant (PREP).

Tobacco Education and Cessation


Quit Now Kentucky offers Kentucky residents free access to online quit tools, support from other tobacco users who are trying to quit, and other info to make your quit attempt easier.

Vital Statistics

Kentucky’s Vital Statistics Law, enacted by the General Assembly in 1910, provides for and legalizes the registration of births and deaths.

The Office of Vital Statistics does not have records of births or deaths prior to 1911, except delayed records of births for those born before 1911 which have been established by affidavits and documentary evidence.

Central registration of marriages and divorces began in Kentucky in June 1958. The Office of Vital Statistics does not have records of marriages or divorces prior to 1958. To inquire about marriage certificates prior to June 1958, please call the county clerk in the county where the marriage license was issued. To inquire about divorce certificates prior to June 1958, please call the circuit county clerk that granted the divorce decree.


CONTACT: Tina Savage,