Welcome and thank you for choosing the Pike County Health Department. We are leading our community in prevention!
We are open Monday through Friday from 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM. All offices are closed from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM for lunch.
Medical Reserve Corps (MRC)
The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a nationwide network of community-based groups of volunteers who are interested in strengthening public health. MRC units supplement a community’s existing emergency medical response capabilities and public health infrastructure. As of May 2015, there are 996 MRC units in the United States and its territories with over 206,000 volunteers. MRC units are locally based teams of medial and non-medical volunteers who can assist their community during large scale emergencies, such as an infectious disease pandemic, a chemical spill or an act of terrorism. Volunteers can also work together to improve the overall health and well-being of their neighborhoods and communities through education and prevention. The Pike County MRC was established in December 2006. Our local MRC unit has been participating with several agencies and organizations over the years in both preparedness and community efforts. To find out more about the MRC program visit mrc.hhs.gov or Pike County MRC click here. Click here to register to be a volunteer!
Employee of the Quarter
Dale Thacker, with over twenty years of service to the Pike County Health Department, is the current employee of the quarter. This recognition was determined by nominations and votes of confidence from his co-workers. Dale started at the health department in July 1999 as Janitor. It didn’t take long before he progressed to Maintenance Technician. Later, he was promoted to Maintenance Supervisor. At the staff Christmas party in December, Dale was recognized for his dedicated service. Some of the comments made by those who nominated Dale include, "He’s such a patient, kind person while putting up with all of us. Wonderful coworker," "Dale goes above and beyond to help anyone here at the health department. He is always offering to help and does what is asked of him, and I have never heard him complain about doing anything." Several people have commented on the great job Dale has done throughout the recent construction process. He has had a lot on his plate and has handled it in stride in typical Dale fashion. Thank you, Dale, for everything you do for the health department and for your coworkers! It does not go unnoticed. We deeply appreciate you!
The Pike County Health Department utilizes "same day scheduling." This means you will call or walk-in the day you need an appointment and make arrangements for that day. No longer do you have to remember to call ahead and set up an appointment and then remember to keep that appointment. If you call before 9 AM you are almost guaranteed to be seen on that day. You may also walk-in without calling to make an appointment. Walk-ins must check in by 8 AM to guarantee availability.
Free Dental Screening
Effort in Eastern Kentucky
It is common knowledge that dentists are on the lookout for issues such as cavities and gum disease during dental checkups. However, many do not realize that dentists are also checking for signs of oral cancer. In support of Oral Cancer Awareness Month... UKCD is working with the Pike County Health Department to offer additional screening dates.
To learn more please read the Kentucky College of Dentistry news release.
Safe Sleep Kentucky
In Kentucky, the infant mortality rate is higher than the national average. Every five days a baby dies with a sleep-related risk factor in Kentucky. SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) is the sudden death of an infant less than one-year old that cannot be explained after a full investigation. SIDS cannot always be avoided, but there are ways to lower the chances of SIDS by following Safe Sleep practices.
To learn more please visit the Safe Sleep Kentucky website.
Community Health Assessment &
Community Health Improvement Plan
We would like to thank you, as a community partner, for all your dedication, support, and input that made these two documents a reality. Without the community’s input we would not have been able to accomplish this assessment of Pike County. Below you will find PDF versions of the Community Health Assessment (CHA) and the Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). Hard copies of both documents will be available at the health department’s main location in Pikeville. We welcome your feedback and questions on both documents. Thank you!
Did You Know?
- Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries (TBI).
- According to a newly released CDC study, fall-related TBI deaths in the United States increased by 17% from 2008 to 2017—with older adults age 75 and up most at risk for a fall.
- Healthcare providers can help prevent falls among older adults by implementing CDC’s STEADI initiative with their patients.
The Pike County Health Department inspects every restaurant and other eating establishment twice yearly. We check food storage, preparation, personnel, restrooms, water and other possible health conditions.
Restaurant inspection scores and details may be found by clicking here.
All commercial drivers of vehicles in interstate commerce with a maximum gross vehicle weight rating of over 10,000 pounds are required to obtain and maintain a valid Medical Examiner's Certificate (ME Certificate).
The Pike County Health Department has a nurse practitioner on staff who is a certified medical examiner for the U.S. Department of Transportation. Call today to schedule an appointment for a CDL physical.