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LouisvilleKY’s Healthy Start Program Awarded $4.6 Million

Public Health and Wellness Initiative Works to Lower Infant Mortality and Improve Infant Health in West Louisville Neighborhoods   Louisville, KY., – The Healthy Start Initiative of the Department of Public Health and Wellness has been awarded a five-year $4.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Healthy Start works to reduce infant mortality, the rate at which babies die before their first birthday, and to improve the health of newborns in five west Louisville ZIP Codes – 40203, 40208, 40210, 40211 and 40212.  The infant mortality rate in these…

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West Nile Mosquitoes Found in LouisvilleKY

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (August 23, 2017) – The Department of Public Health and Wellness has found West Nile infected mosquitoes in surveillance traps in six Louisville ZIP Code areas.  The ZIP Codes are 40204, 40205, 40206, 40208, 40212 and 40214. “It’s common for us to find mosquitoes infected with West Nile in Louisville around this time each year,” said Public Health and Wellness director Dr. Sarah Moyer. “What this means is people should take the appropriate precautions.  They should wear insect repellant if going outside at dusk and at dawn, and should remove standing water around the home.” Last year one…

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LouisvilleKY’s library and Public Health and Wellness Department Offer Heroin Use Prevention Course

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Have you ever worried about your child and drugs? Have you wondered what you can do to stop this problem before it starts? Are you worried that someone you love may be using drugs? The Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness and the Louisville Free Public Library will offer a course Heroin Hurts Louisville: What We Can Do to help parents, grandparents and caregivers with valuable insights as to why adolescents use drugs, how to start the dialogue about the dangers of substance abuse, and how to act quickly if someone they love is at risk of using….

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LouisvilleKY community partners announce Bold Moves Against Suicide Summit

Louisville, KY — Citing a suicide rate that is higher than the national average, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, the city’s Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods and several community partners have announced a suicide prevention summit on Nov. 9-10 that aims to champion “Zero Suicide” as a community goal, while educating citizens and community leaders, and arming them with the tools and resources necessary to reach that goal. “The number of suicides in our community is tragic and unacceptable,” Mayor Fischer said. “Our Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods is working closely with the Louisville Department of Public Health and Wellness and…


LouisvilleKY Community invited to discuss expanding city’s Smoke-free law to include e-cigs and hookah

LOUISVILLE (September 21, 2016) – Mayor Greg Fischer is inviting the public to participate in a community educational forum next week to discuss the possibility of expanding Louisville’s Smoke-free ordinance to include electronic-cigarettes and hookah products. The Department of Public Health and Wellness will host the event from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28 at its headquarters, 400 E. Gray St. The public will have the opportunity to hear from local experts, ask questions and share comments. Panelists include: Aruni Bhatnagar, PhD, FAHA, professor at the University of Louisville School of Medicine; Robert Jacobs, PhD, professor at the University…

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LouisvilleKY offering support to help prevent infant deaths

Healthy Babies Louisville Advises Parents How to Help Prevent Infant Deaths Mayor Greg Fischer: “As a community, we must do everything possible to help all Louisville babies celebrate their first birthday” Photos from Mayor Fischer’s Twitter page LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and officials from 13 local health and social service institutions today reminded parents how to help prevent infant death and pointed to community resources to assist.  September is Infant Mortality Awareness month. “The path to a successful career and a fulfilling life starts before children take their first steps,” the Mayor said.  “That’s why we have…

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Louisville Councilman Magre issues statement about Health Department actions against the Economy Inn

Louisville, Ky., – Councilman Steve Magre (D-10) has issued the following statement upon learning that the Department of Public Health and Wellness has issued a notice of intent to suspend the Economy Inn’s operations (June 18 store here): “This action really comes as no surprise for those of us who have continued to hear about the problems in the operation of the Economy Inn. I am glad the Department is taking this process seriously in enforcing the same rules and regulations as other businesses in Metro Louisville. It would appear they now understand what needs to take place. I have…

Mini-Grants in Louisville KY Available for Healthy Activities

Louisville, Ky., – The application deadline for the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement’s mini-grants is fast approaching. The grants will range from $7,500 to $10,000 each and will fund activities that support several focus areas within the Healthy Louisville 2020 Plan. Applications must be received at the Department of Public Health and Wellness at 400 E. Gray St. by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 8. Applicants must be incorporated as nonprofit corporations and qualified to do business in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Grant guidelines and the application are available online at “The Healthy Hometown mini-grants have brought opportunities for physical…