Last year was a busy one for the Institute. We hosted 14 events, gave 11 national presentations about our work and 10 local presentations. We completed the AIR Louisville project with 251,379 data points about asthma medication use and 1.4 million related environmental data points. We published report cards for the asthma project and Green for Good. This study tested the idea that a greener neighborhood is a healthier one.
In October we launched Green Heart, a project that builds on Green for Good by expanding the idea to a neighborhood level. On October 26, we had speakers at the Kentucky African American Heritage Center, tours of the neighborhood and a dinner to celebrate. This project is a collaboration that includes the University of Louisville, Hyphae Design Lab, Washington University in St. Louisville, the Institute, and The Nature Conservancy. The five-year project will test the hypothesis that a greener neighborhood is a healthier one. Lauren Anderson of t*he Institute has taken the lead on community outreach. She has met with leaders in the south Louisville neighborhood where the study will take place. Lauren completed 30 engagement meetings in 2017 and has more on the schedule for 2018. The Institute also hired Jennifer Nunn, a resident of the Green Heart neighborhood. She is offering feedback on the project to the leadership team and connecting with residents in the neighborhood.
Also in 2017, city government leaders worked on an update to the Comprehensive Plan. Based on data from AIR Louisville, we proposed 2 new policies:
In 2017, we worked with City Lab to host Louisville in Harmony. The goal of this event was to define the next phase of the cross-sector collaboration that powered AIR Louisville. Now that the three-year community asthma project is complete, how can we take the energy and analysis from that work and direct it at a new project to improve the health of everyone in Louisville? At this event, we heard from Health Ambassadors who had developed their own unique collaborations across companies, organizations and individuals. The group then took on three challenges found in many Louisville neighborhoods:
We are finishing a report on the event and will be identifying next steps for one of these challenges by the end of Q1.
In addition to getting the word out in Louisville about our work, the Institute team traveled around the country to share our research and citizen science projects with other interested groups.
— Mayor Greg Fischer (@louisvillemayor) February 25, 2017
Along with our partners, we are thrilled to announce the launch of our most important work to date. The Green Heart Project is a five-year collaboration with scientists and residents to precisely define the power of nature to project human health.
Click here to read more about our work.
We are thrilled to welcome 27 new Ambassadors for Health in all Policies. These individuals join the founding class inducted this spring. We are looking forward to getting to know these individuals and lifting up their work in our city. Collaboration is the key to solving the many problems facing Louisville.
Congratulations! Check out the full roster with pictures here.
Neville Blakemore, GN Building Products
Allison Brown, Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP
Micah Cargin, Humble Warrior Incorporated
Leslie Clements, Humana
Ava Corwin, Center for Health Equity
Dr. Kish Cumi, Smoketown Family Wellness Center
Sarah Lynn Cunningham, Louisville Climate Action Network
Kelley Dearing Smith, Louisville Water Company
Sandra Diminnie Bowling, Project Warm
Jody Duncan, Building Our Blocks
Stephanie Fellon, Gilda’s Club
Rob Frederick, Brown-Forman
Jeff Gill, Hip Hop Cares
Jud Hendrix, Global Human Project
Kyle Kramer, Passionist Earth & Spirit Center
Kel McBride, Clearly Depart
Josh Miller, IDEAS xLab
Cheyenne Mize, Strive 502
Becky Montague, Family Community Clinic
Karyn Moskowitz, New Roots
Dr. Sarah Moyer, Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness
Patti Olsen, Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness
Prasanthi Persad, Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness
Father John Rausch, Catholic Communities of Appalachia
Nina Rodahaffer, Strive 502
Leah Walker, Family & Children’s Place
Dr. David Wicks, Jefferson County Public Schools (ret.)