The WFPL News Community Health project examines all aspects of health and healthcare in the region, from institutions to legislation to individuals. The Next Louisville project is a partnership of WFPL News, the Community Foundation of Louisville and the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.



How a Louisville Ad Agency Helped Create Kynect

May 28, 2015

The advertising agency that marketed Kynect, Louisville-based Doe-Anderson, has won an Effie Award for having the most effective marketing campaign in North America. Read Story


Seniors in Kentucky Among Unhealthiest in the U.S., Report Says

May 25, 2015

The low ranking was attributed to a high prevalence of smoking, high premature death rates and a low percentage of dental visits. Read Story


Southern Indiana Drug User’s Choice Shows Side Benefit of Needle Exchanges

May 20, 2015

"I'm hoping that I can stay clean," Leona said. "I'm almost 40 years old. I'm over it. I'm tired of putting a needle in my arm." Read Story


Louisville Metro Asks Residents to Complete Community Health Survey

May 18, 2015

The Louisville Department of Public Health and Wellness is conducting the 2015 Community Health Needs Assessment survey to help the department and local hospitals determine which programs, policies and services will lead to a healthier Louisville. Read Story


25 Percent of Insured Still Can’t Afford Medical Care, Report Says

May 14, 2015

Twenty-five percent of adults who bought private health insurance plans went without needed care in 2014 because they couldn't afford it , according to a report released Thursday. Read Story


What Do Area Residents Think About a Needle Exchange Program in Louisville?

May 12, 2015

We talked to Louisville area residents about their views on the upcoming needle exchange program. Here's what they said. Read Story


A Day in the Southern Indiana Town Battling an HIV Outbreak

April 24, 2015

The outreach center is the hub of the community's fight against a growing HIV epidemic, the severity of which has drawn national attention to the tiny town about 30 miles north of Louisville. Read Story


How the Scott County, Indiana, Needle Exchange Program Works

April 22, 2015

Residents of the Southern Indiana community battling an HIV outbreak have gotten thousands of needled provided by the local health department since an exchange program went into effect April 4. Read Story


Indiana Governor Extends Scott County Needle-Exchange Program to Curb HIV

April 20, 2015

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has extended a needle-exchange program in a southern Indiana county to help combat an HIV outbreak. Read Story


Listen to WFPL’s Community Conversation on Kentucky’s Heroin Crisis

April 17, 2015

WFPL’s community conversation Thursday on the surge of heroin addiction in the region drew a wide range of participants, including public health officials, treatment professionals and people in recovery. Read Story


Southern Indiana Needle Exchange Program Serves Dozens in 10 Days

April 16, 2015

In its first 10 days, more than 40 people used a new needle exchange program in the Southern Indiana county struggling with an HIV crisis linked to intravenous drug use. Read Story


Louisville Metro Health Prepares for Needle Exchange Program

April 15, 2015

The health department has been working with community partners to determine a location, hours of operations and the type of needle to exchange with participants, said Dr. Sarah Moyer, medical director for the department. Read Story

Anesthesiologist Discusses Kentucky’s Prescription Drug Abuse Issue, Pain Management

April 14, 2015

Prescription drug abuse has been a problem for Kentucky, which has the third-highest drug overdose rate in the nation. Read Story