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.



After 50 Years, Medicaid Continues to Help Kentuckians, Official Says

July 29, 2015

Fifty years ago Thursday, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare and Medicaid. into law, initially creating programs to provide health care to the elderly and the poor. Read Story


Kentucky Hospitals Fall Short on Stopping In-House Infections, Rankings Show

July 29, 2015

The report examines hospitals' capabilities to keep patients from contracting infections in hospitals. Read Story

A Conversation on Racial Disparities in Mental Health Treatment

July 20, 2015

July is Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, a designation made to enhance awareness about mental health illness among diverse populations. Read Story


Kentucky’s Health Insurance Exchange Gets Average Rating for Patient-Friendliness

July 16, 2015

The report, compiled by the National Health Council, used five key areas to determine how each states' insurance market promoted policies that best protect patients—non-discrimination, transparency, state oversight, uniformity and continuity of care. Read Story


Kentucky Drug Overdose Deaths Increase

July 15, 2015

The number of Kentuckians who died from overdosing on drugs increased in 2014, according to numbers released Wednesday by the Office of Drug Control Policy. Read Story


Use Caution When Looking at Surgeon Ratings, Kentucky Medical Association Says

July 14, 2015

A recently launched website,, lists surgeons who have been identified as having better than average outcomes based on an analysis of more than four million surgeries by more than 50,000 surgeons. Read Story

U.S. Uninsured Rate Drops Again

July 10, 2015

The rate of uninsured U.S. residents continues to decline, according to a new poll by Gallup-Healthways. Read Story


Eastern Kentucky Is a Hotspot for Colorectal Cancer

July 9, 2015

The high risk counties are primarily located in northeastern Kentucky. Read Story

A user prepares drugs for injection in 2014 in St. Johnsbury, Vt.

Heroin Use Surges, Especially Among Women And Whites

July 7, 2015

Health officials, confronted with a shocking increase in heroin abuse, are developing a clearer picture of who is becoming addicted to this drug and why. The results may surprise you. Read Story


Employment Won’t Drop Because of Aetna-Humana Deal, Executives Say

July 6, 2015

If the Aetna-Humana deal goes through, Louisville will become the headquarters of the company's Medicare, Medicaid and Tricare businesses, officials from the companies said on Monday. Read Story

Safety Tips For the Fourth of July

July 4, 2015

It's Independence Day, which means many in Louisville have stocked up on sparklers, bottle rockets and and other illuminations. Read Story