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.



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


Kentuckians More Supportive of Higher Health Rates For Smokers Than Those Who Are Obese

April 9, 2015

More Kentuckians are supportive of higher insurance rates for smokers than for those who are obese, according to a new health poll released today. Read Story


Indiana Begins Needle-Exchange in County with HIV Outbreak

April 6, 2015

State and local health officials have begun a needle-exchange program in a southern Indiana county where an HIV outbreak among intravenous drug users has grown to nearly 90 cases. Scott County’s needle-exchange program started Saturday morning under an emergency executive … Read Story


Kentucky Health Officials Monitoring HIV Outbreak in Indiana

April 2, 2015

Indiana is launching a needle exchange program in Scott County to combat an outbreak of HIV related to intravenous drug use. Read Story


The Only Physician In a Small Indiana Town Opens an HIV Clinic

April 1, 2015

Dr. William Cooke knew he wanted to practice medicine in a rural town. He’s been a physician in Austin, Indiana, for 10 years—and he's the only physician in town. Read Story

Asthma Study Will Focus on Aging Population in Louisville

March 31, 2015

People age 60 or older living with asthma will be the focus of a new study by the University of Louisville. Read Story

Melinda Townsend-Breslin holds a photo showing her and her mother standing in the parking lot of a favorite thrift store in 2013.

Medical Bills Linger, Long After Cancer Treatment Ends

March 28, 2015

Melinda Townsend-Breslin keeps a photo of herself on her refrigerator standing with her mother, MaryLou Townsend, in the front of the Unique Thrift Store in Louisville, Ky. They're side by side in the parking lot, both wearing white shirts and sporting short, practical haircuts. Read Story