Support Clean Air Education with a gift on Thursday!

Thursday is your chance to join our movement to clean up Louisville’s air – inside and out!

We are participating in Give for Good Louisville on September 14. Your donation will help us bring Healthy Plants to classrooms around Louisville. With contributions from supporters, we will provide a plant from our Healthy Plant Collection to a science teacher along with learning material that explains how plants can help improve indoor air quality.

The Healthy Plant Collection is a specialty line of live plants curated in partnership with Nanz & Kraft Florists. The plants in this collection have the ability to absorb common indoor pollutants. NASA’s Guide to Air Filtering House Plants is a fun and easy way to introduce children (and adults) to the power of plants. The Institute used this research to develop this plant collection in partnership with Nanz & Kraft.

Show your support with a donation of $20, $50, or $100 on Thursday and help us spread the word about clean air!

Nominate an Ambassador for Health in All Policies

The Ambassadors for Health in All Policies program is looking for people who are changing neighborhoods and workplaces. Ambassadors are making Louisville a healthier and happier place by taking action and changing the traditional idea of health. This work covers everything from planting gardens to starting walking clubs to teaching conflict resolution skills.

The first class of 32 Ambassadors was announced in April 2017. Watch the video above to meet a few of them.

Ambassadors gather several times a year to share their own work with the group and take new ideas back to their workplaces, families and community groups.

Do you know an individual who would make a good Ambassador? We’re looking for people who are creative, active and engaged in the community. Are you good candidate? Nominate yourself!
Complete this short nomination form by September 22. Answer 3 short questions and honor someone making Louisville healthier.

City to decide on chemical emissions request this week

The Institute and many groups in our community have been closely following the American Synthetic Rubber Company emissions issue. The company has been trying for years to meet the emission goals set by the STAR program. ASRC has requested that the Air Pollution Control District change the emission limits related to 1,3 butadiene.

The company has been unable to meet the limits for several years. Their request for a modification in their operating permit has attracted a lot of attention this time.

Metro council members passed a resolution urging the Air Pollution Control District to deny the request. A group of Democrats introduced the non-binding resolution and then the entire council voted to approve the measure.

The Courier-Journal also urged the APCD to say no:

The air board deserves credit for holding community meetings to hear concerns. Now the staff at the air district needs to act for the health of the community. Residents are demanding clean air.

Now decision time has come. On WFPL, Erica Peterson spoke with Rubbertown resident Denise Snorton who uses 8 Glade Plugins to mask the smell from Rubbertown plants.

Nothing can mask the cancer risk that all Rubbertown residents face due to emissions of 1,3 butadiene and other cancer-causing chemicals released by the chemical plants in the neighborhood. The Air Pollution Control District should keep this cancer risk as low as possible and deny ASRC’s request to modify their operating permit.

My Healthy Day: Feeling happy and spreading happiness to others

Nasra Hussein

Name: Nasra Hussein

Organization: PACT in Action

How does your work support a healthier Louisville?
The work I do with PACT in Action is supporting a healthier Louisville because every teen, every pre-teen and every adult we educate, at least one will learn from us and spread the word about teen dating violence, at least one will educate their peers on what we do and why we do it.

How can individuals or companies contribute to your work or get involved?
They can either join PACT, work with PACT or support PACT by spreading our word about teen dating violence.

What does a Healthy Day look like for you?
When I wake up happy and energized, ready to tackle whatever life is throwing at me. A healthy day for me is when I’m happy and able to make someone else happy and that person is able to make some else happy and so on, a happy you is a happy neighbor and a happy neighbor is a happy community.

My Healthy Day: Using trauma-informed care to help children and families

Pam Darnall

Name: Pam Darnall
Organization: Family & Children’s Place

How does your work support a healthier Louisville?
The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) studies, beginning in the mid-1990s, have revealed important findings that link early childhood traumas to lifelong negative physical and mental health outcomes, such as addictive behavior and chronic disease. State and local agencies receive more than three million reports of child maltreatment each year. In 2010, researchers estimated the average lifetime cost per victim of nonfatal child maltreatment is $210,012. Of this total, $43,178 comes from child and adult medical costs. Collaboration between human service agencies and health professionals to deliver a comprehensive, trauma-informed continuum of prevention and care is critical to making our community a healthier place for all. Research shows these strategies to be highly effective:

  • Using trauma-informed care therapy
  • Screening for childhood trauma when health services are accessed
  • Providing support and stabilization services to prevent child abuse
  • Providing parenting classes and home visitation services for fathers and mothers to prevent child abuse
  • Promoting neighborhood revitalization to promote safety
  • Promoted trauma-informed cultures in public and private institutions

Each day Family & Children’s Place works in this continuum of prevention and recovery, helping to prevent these adverse childhood experiences and to provide researched based, trauma-informed interventions to help every child and family have a better life and brighter future. I am excited to have this opportunity to expand our efforts to connect with others to improve health outcomes in our community.

How can individuals or companies contribute to your work or get involved?

F&CP has several ways the community can get involved in our work. We offer opportunities for volunteers to connect directly with families and children. In our Family & School Services program, we offer structured school-based programs designed to improve academic success and social emotional skills and increase parent engagement. Volunteers participate with middle school youth in either Louisville or Southern Indiana. Experiences include Family Nights, when entire families have healthy meals and practice healthy interactions among family members. Incentive experiences include field trips and overnight resiliency training.

Our PAL Coalition is a Drug Free Communities program focused on promoting resiliency and enhancing young people’s ability to prevent abuse of drugs/alcohol, resist risks and make good decisions. Volunteers attend our after-school programing with high school youth at the PAL Youth Center. Experiences may include help with homework, individual mentoring and group activities.

The F&CP Board of Directors is a voluntary Board comprising professionals and community volunteers who care about protecting children and families from child abuse and family violence, and helping those impacted to find hope and healing from the trauma they have experienced. Their personal drives and passions enable F&CP to continue making a difference in our community.

In addition, F&CP provides complimentary one-hour lunch tours of our campus where community members see first-hand how F&CP helps change lives every day for children exposed to child abuse/family violence. We also are glad to present at area businesses, faith groups, and other organizations about the agency’s mission.

What does a Healthy Day look like for you?

Personally, a healthy day includes a full day of work at F&CP, coordinating and collaborating with staff, donors, funders, partners and policy makers to help ensure the children and families that need us the most receive exceptional services, assuring we have the resources we need to provide these critical services, and sharing the mission of F&CP with the entire community. Following work, a five-mile run helps to manage the stress of the day and get the endorphins flowing, and get the heart rate up.

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