Public Health and Wellness Offering Free Radon Test Kits

January is National Radon Action month. The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness wants you to know the dangers of radon and encourages you to test your home. The department is offering free radon test kits while the supply lasts. You can request a kit online at https://louisvilleky.wufoo.com/forms/qoixf410qzn3z/or by calling 574-6650.

Radon is a gas that you cannot smell, taste or see. It forms naturally when uranium, radium and thorium break down in rocks, soil and groundwater. People can be exposed to radon primarily from breathing radon in air that comes in through cracks and gaps in homes and other buildings. Radon can cause lung cancer through prolonged exposure. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, behind smoking, and the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers, causing between 15,000 and 22,000 lung cancer deaths each year.

The entire state of Kentucky is at high risk for radon exposure with about 40 percent of homes estimated to have unsafe levels. The only way to know if radon exists at dangerous levels in your home is to test for it.

“To encourage people to test their homes for radon, we are offering free test kits, “said Dr. Sarah Moyer, director of the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness. “People can’t see or smell radon so they may be unaware that it might exist at dangerous levels in their homes and be exposing them to deadly health effects.”

The lung cancer risk factors of tobacco smoke and radon are related. More radon-related lung cancers occur in individuals with a history of exposure to tobacco smoke. If you smoke and your home has high radon levels, your risk of lung cancer is especially high.

Lung cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States, with the highest mortality rate of any cancer. Kentucky has the highest incidence rate of lung cancer in the nation with a rate of 93.4 per 100,000 compared to the national average of 59.4.   According to the recently released 2017 Health Equity Report, cancer is the leading cause of death in Louisville.

The death rate from lung cancer in Kentucky is 69.5 per 100,000 compared to the national average of 43.4. In Louisville our lung cancer incidence and mortality rates are also well above the national average. According to the Kentucky Cancer Registry the incidence rate of lung cancer in Louisville is 94.8 per 100,000 compared to 59.4 nationally. The death rate is 61.7 compared to 43.4 nationally.

.Here are a few tips to help prevent radon in your home:

  • Stop smoking and discourage smoking in your home.
    • Smoking significantly increases the risk of lung cancer from radon.
    • Second hand smoking in the home is also a leading cause of Sudden Infant Death (SIDS).
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  • Increase air flow in your house by opening windows and using fans and vents to circulate air.
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  • Seal cracks in floors and walls with plaster, caulk, or other mate­rials designed for this purpose.
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  • Seek a qualified contractor to help remove the radon from your home.

The PreventT2 Program Reduces Your Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

If you have pre-diabetes or other risk factors for type 2 diabetes, now is the time to take charge of your health and make a change. The Prevent T2 lifestyle change program can help! Prevent T2 is part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It features an approach that is proven to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.

By improving food choices and increasing physical activity, you can lose 5 to 7 percent of your body weight — that is 10 to 14 pounds for a person weighing 200 pounds. If you have pre-diabetes, these lifestyle changes can cut your risk of developing type 2 diabetes in half.

Pre-diabetes Can Lead to Type 2 Diabetes One out of three American adults has pre-diabetes, and most of them do not know it. Having pre-diabetes means your blood glucose (sugar) level is higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. This raises your risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Without weight loss or moderate physical activity, many people with pre-diabetes can develop type 2 diabetes within 5 years. Type 2 diabetes is a serious condition that can lead to health issues such as heart attack; stroke; blindness; kidney failure; or loss of toes, feet, or legs. The lifestyle changes you make in the Prevent T2 program will help
you prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. 1 out of 3 American adults has pre-diabetes

YOU MAY HAVE PREDIABETES AND BE AT RISK FOR TYPE 2 DIABETES IF YOU:
• Are 45 years of age or older
• Are overweight
• Have a family history of type 2 diabetes
• Are physically active fewer than 3 times per week
• Ever had diabetes while pregnant (gestational diabetes) or gave birth to a baby that weighed        more than 9 pounds.

 

KIPTA (Kentuckiana Regional Planning & Development Agency) Assessment

LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD!!

Older adults, caregivers and persons with disabilities living in Bullitt, Henry, Jefferson, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer or Trimble county, are invited to participate in a Community Needs Assessment.

This research study allows your voice to be heard in planning future social services that will be available from KIPDA in your community. Your input will help ensure that people living in the KIPDA service area will be able to have their needs met and to lead lives of dignity and independence.

Who Can Participate?

Anyone living in Bullitt, Henry, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer, Trimble or Jefferson county is invited to complete the Community Needs Assessment Survey. The more people that participate, the more likely service gaps can be addressed. Older adults, caregivers, and persons with disabilities are especially encouraged to participate in this research study. Survey participants do not have to be recipients of KIPDA services.

Where Can I Get the Assessment?

The assessment can be found online or by calling 502-852-8953. The institute can provide a paper copy upon request or at senior centers within the seven counties.

What is the Deadline?

The deadline to complete the assessment is February 1, 2017. 

 

Click Here to Take the Assessment

 

The KIPDA Needs Assessment is conducted
by the University of Louisville Institute for Sustainable Health & Optimal Aging
and sponsored by the KIPDA Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living.

The Institute for Sustainable Health and Optimal Aging empowers older adults to flourish by building collaborative community networks of research, practice, innovation, and education. 

 Mailing Address:

300 East Market Street, Suite 200
Louisville, KY 40202 
www.OptimalAgingInstitute.org

Phone: Kentuckiana Regional Planning & Development Agency Email: OptimalAging@louisville.edu

FIGHT HEPATITIS A-An Important Message To Food Service Establishments

Currently there is a Hepatitis A outbreak in Louisville. As of this week we are up to 43 cases.  The people most at risk right now are the homeless, people who use drugs, and people who work in close regular contact with those populations.

The risk of hepatitis A infection is associated with poor sanitation and hygiene and is transmitted through ingestion of contaminated food and drink or through direct contact with an infectious person. The virus can live for months in a contaminated environment, particularly in the absence of good sanitation. 

We strongly encourage you to be vigilant with your employees in emphasizing good hygiene and sanitation practices.  To prevent the spread of hepatitis A from an infected food worker to co-workers and/or restaurant patrons, food workers should never touch ready-to-eat foods with bare hands, and should carefully wash their hands after using the bathroom, even if the food worker does not feel sick.  Food workers should never work while they are sick with stomach (gastrointestinal) illnesses.

The best way to prevent hepatitis A is to be vaccinated.  We recommend that you encourage your employees to get the hepatitis A vaccine from their own healthcare provider or a local pharmacy such as Walgreens or Kroger. (The Affordable Care Act mandates that preventive vaccines be given without charging a copayment or coinsurance.)

CLICK HERE to read additional information that you may find helpful with regard to talking with sick employees.

CLICK HERE to read more information about hepatitis A.

Neighborhood Place Partners Offer Multiple Opportunities to Strengthen the Home and Family in January

Neighborhood Place partners offer workshops and services in January to benefit all family members including a Healthy Living Club, two dates to meet with Legal Aid representatives, an energy management workshop as well as two employment recruitment events.  To learn more about these offerings and several others please refer to the list below.

Jan. 8, ElderCare 4 Families Employment Recruitment at Ujima Neighborhood Place, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Located at 3610 Bohne Ave. Call 313-4635 for more information. An employment recruiter will be on-hand from ElderCare 4 Families, an in-home non-medical care service for seniors that provides assistance such as cooking, cleaning, laundry and personal care.

Mondays and Thursdays, YMCA’s “Caring and Learning with Me” program at Thomas Jefferson Middle School, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Located at 1503 Rangeland Rd., side of Thomas Jefferson Middle School.  Call Keyonna Humphrey at 974-8457 for more information and to register.  This free program provides a wonderful learning environment for children ages 3-5 years old and their caregivers focusing on play and exploration.  The adult caregiver is required to attend with the child/ren and you may also bring other children ages (0-2). Sponsored by the YMCA with support from First Neighborhood Place.

Jan. 9, Foster Parent Recruitment Meeting at First Neighborhood Place, 6 – 8 p.m.

Located at 1503 Rangeland Rd., side of Thomas Jefferson Middle School.  Call 595-5437 (KIDS) for more information.  Detailed information will be provided on the requirements and process of how to become a foster or adoptive parent.  Information such as an explanation of foster care, special needs adoption, and information on foster parent training classes will be provided.  Sponsored by Kentucky Foster Care and the training classes will be provided.  Sponsored by Kentucky Foster Care and the Special Needs Adoption Program.          

Jan. 9, Healthy Living Club at South Jefferson Neighborhood Place, 1 – 2 p.m.

Located at 1000 Neighborhood Place, Call 363-1483 for more information.  Classes are open to anyone interested in gaining more knowledge to live a better and more fulfilling life. Monthly meetings are on the second Tuesday of every month to discuss healthy living and to get the support you need to eat better, get active, and lose weight.  This month, a representative from Family Health Center will discuss “A New Year and a New You.”  Come and join the fun and fellowship. 

Jan. 9Blood Pressure Checks at Ujima Neighborhood Place, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Located at 3610 Bohne Ave. Call 313-4635 for more information. Louisville Metro Health and Wellness health educators will provide free blood pressure checks.

Jan. 11, A Healthy Journey for Two Educational Baby Shower at First Neighborhood Place, 1- 3 p.m.

Located at 1503 Rangeland Rd.  For more information and to RSVP, contact Mendy Mason at 502-341-5400. A Healthy Journey for Two is an educational baby shower open to any expectant mothers.  The class will include a range of information and resources, as well as free baby items, gift cards, prizes, and snacks.  Hosted by Seven Counties and KIDSNow.  Fathers are welcome but must be registered.

Jan. 16, Sodexo Hiring Opportunities at South Central Neighborhood Place, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Located at 1503 Rangeland Rd., side of Thomas Jefferson Middle School. Call 313-4700 for more information.  Sodexo, a food-service agency, will provide on-the-spot interviews for positions with Jewish Hospital, Our Lady of Peace and University of Louisville Hospital. Bring your resume and be prepared for an interview.  This is one of Sodexo’s busiest hiring seasons.  Stop by if you are looking for employment that can lead to a full-time or part-time position. 

Jan. 17, Community Dental Care Information Sessions 
Call 366-4442 for more information.  Community Dental Care is a full-service dental organization designed to increase access to health care in communities with the goal of improving the overall health of the population. Representatives will be on site to provide information about services offered and to assist in scheduling appointments for dental needs or for pediatric health needs. 

  • South Jefferson Neighborhood Place – Fairdale location, 1000 Neighborhood Place, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • South Jefferson Neighborhood Place – Valley Location, 10200 Dixie Hwy., 1:30 – 3 p.m.

 Thursdays, Jan. 18 – March 8, 4 Your Child Dads Making the Difference at NorthWest Neighborhood Place, 4 – 8 p.m.  

Located at 4018 W. Market St.  For more information or to register for the upcoming weekly workshops, please contact Dr. Cheri Langley at 709-9323 or by email at 4YourChild@Outlook.com.  “4 Your Child” is an eight-week fatherhood program that aims to improve the quantity and quality of fathers’ involvement by integrating responsible parenting, economic stability, and relationship education services.  Participants may be compensated for their time up to $220 but registration is required. 

Jan. 23 and 25, Legal Aid Representative Sessions

A representative from Legal Aid will be on hand to discuss issues surrounding domestic violence, Emergency Protective Orders and making a safety plan for all family members.  Stop by to discuss your situation.  All matters are confidential.

Jan. 30, Energy Management Workshop at the First Neighborhood Place, side of Thomas Jefferson Middle School, 1 p.m.

Located at 1503 Rangeland Road.   Call 313-4728 or 313-4700 for registration.  Project Warm's free workshops help families take control of their energy usage and learn "do-it-yourself" energy-saving tips. Free supplies will be distributed at the end of the workshop such as clear plastic/tape for windows, caulk to seal openings around windows and sealing foam.

About Neighborhood Place
Louisville’s Neighborhood Place -- a partnership of Louisville Metro Government (including the Office of Resilience and Community Services, and Public Health and Wellness), Jefferson County Public Schools, Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services and Centerstone (formerly Seven Counties Services) -- provides community-based centers which bring together health care, education, employment and social services at eight locations across the community. To find a Neighborhood Place in your neighborhood, please call Metro Call at 311.

Crisis Phase of Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Begins Jan. 8

The annual program that helps prevent low income residents of Louisville from being disconnected from utility services begins Monday, Jan. 8, 2018. Expanded eligibility allows residents with a past due amount on current utility bill to apply.

LIHEAP, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, is administered by Louisville Metro Office of Resilience and Community Services. The Crisis Phase of LIHEAP will run from Jan. 8 - March 30, or until available funds have been expended, whichever comes first.

This year’s Crisis Program features expanded eligibility which allows residents  receiving a current utility bill with a past due amount to apply, in addition to continuing to serve residents receiving a disconnect notice.

Residents wishing to apply must make an appointment utilizing the automated appointment system.  Appointments can be scheduled by phone by calling 502-991-8391 or online at louisvilleky.cascheduler.com.  The toll-free service is currently open and is available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

Applicants must be Jefferson County residents with a household income at or below 130 percent of the federal poverty guidelines (e.g. for a household of four, the gross monthly income cannot exceed $2,665.00). 

Applicants must also meet one of the following eligibility requirements:

  • Disconnect notice from utility service provider, or
  • Current bill with a past due amount, or
  • Eviction notice if utilities are included in the rent, or
  • Bulk fuel is within four days of running out; or
  • Pre-paid electric services is within ten days of running out.

Applicants must provide the following documents.

  • Proof of all household income for the preceding month (Food Stamp award letter, Social Security Award letter, pay stubs, or other proof of $0 income). Note: Zero Income forms are available at the LIHEAP offices or at 701 W. Ormsby Ave., Suite 201 or by clicking here.
  • Social Security card(s) or (official documentation with Social Security Numbers) or Permanent Residence card (Green Card) for each member of the household; and
  • Disconnect notice or a current bill with a past due amount; or
  • Eviction notice if heating expenses are included in the rent. If heat is included in rent, clients must also provide a copy of the lease in addition to the eviction notice; or
  • Statement from utility company that shows 10 days or less of service if participating in pre-paid electric service.

Individuals who are unable to apply for this program in person may send an authorized representative on their behalf with a signed, written, note including the applicant’s name, address, phone number, Social Security Number, and the name of the designated representative.  The authorized representative must provide a picture ID to verify they are the person designated in the note. Residents who are homebound and who are unable to send a representative may call 502/780-7937.

LIHEAP applications will be completed at the time of the appointment at one of the six locations listed below. 

Callers who require more information can contact MetroCall 311 by simply dialing 311 or 574-5000, email metro.call@louisvilleky.gov, visit the website’s On Line Customer Service or Live Chat at www.louisvilleky.gov/metrocall, tweet @LouMetro311, or download the free Mobile 311 app from the website.  Residents can also call Metro United Way’s 2-1-1 help referral service.

LIHEAP is made possible by the United States Department of Health and Human Services and is a pass through block grant from the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, which contracts with Community Action Agencies across the state. Louisville Metro Office of Resilience and Community Services serves as the administering agency of Louisville Metro Community Action Partnership. For more information about Community Services, visit our website: http://www.louisvilleky.gov/government/community-services or call 574-1157 (TDD available at Metro Call – 574-5000); or Community Action Kentucky at 1-800-456-3452