Public Health and Wellness Conducting Phone Survey
The Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness is conducting a phone survey to gather information about the health of Louisville Metro residents. The questions have been approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and are used throughout the United States under the CDC’s Behavior Factor Risk Surveillance System. The Department of Public Health and Wellness has contracted with Clearwater Research of Boise, Idaho, who has conducted similar surveys in cities throughout the country.
The information gathered will be used to prioritize the overall health needs of the community and inform the design and location of fitness campaigns, smoking cessation classes, and other such initiatives. For the first time in Louisville, the survey will include cell phone numbers in addition to land lines. A total of 1,800 households will be surveyed.
Survey takers will clearly identify themselves as working on behalf of the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness. People are being selected for interviews at random, and their identities will remain confidential. Survey questions will cover such topics as tobacco use, chronic disease, access to health care, exercise and nutrition.
The data collection will take approximately six months to complete. Once data is compiled and analyzed, results will be published on the Public Health and Wellness website. Follow-up surveys are planned in subsequent years. For information on programs offered by Public Health and Wellness, visit www.louisvilleky.gov/health.
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Brush, Bottle and Barrel of the Bluegrass Raises $40,000 for Legal Aid
The Brush, Bottle and Barrel of the Bluegrass, a signature event of the Legal Aid Society, this year raised $40,000 for the society’s mission to pursue justice for people in poverty. The event, which took place on April 26 at Louisville Collegiate School, is an annual preview party for the Cherokee Triangle Art Fair. The fundraiser features tastings of Kentucky wines, bourbons, beers and liqueurs, plus a live jazz trio and silent auction.
Legal Aid Launches Online Tool to Help Veterans
The Legal Aid Society has launched an online, interactive tool designed to help low-income veterans apply for VA benefits. The Department of Veterans Affairs processes more than one million claims annually, and it can take more than eight months to review and process an average claim. For low-income veterans, this delay in disability or pension benefits stresses the household budget.
The Legal Aid Society’s tool guides veterans through the benefits application process. Legal Aid encourages users to have their applications and exhibits reviewed by an accredited representative before submission. By doing so, more complete applications may be submitted, reducing the need for supplemental submissions or appeals if claims are denied.
Two versions of the online tool are available; one may be used by any veteran; the other helps veterans living in Kentucky find state-specific resources to assist them in completing the application. The tool can be found on Kentucky’s legal services website, www.kyjustice.org.
Volunteers Needed for Nursing Home Visits
The KIPDA (Kentuckiana Regional Planning & Development Agency) Long Term Care Ombudsman Program needs volunteers to visit area nursing homes and check on residents once a week to see if they are receiving proper care. Training is provided. The program serves 76 nursing homes in seven counties. To volunteer, call (502) 637-9786. For more information about KIPDA, visit www.kipda.org.
HYR Fall Soccer Season
Online registration for the Highland Youth Recreation soccer season begins August 1. The 8-week season begins Sept. 14. All divisions are coed, for ages 5 -17.
The cost to register from Aug. 1-15 is $50 plus fee. (After Aug. 15, the cost is $60 plus fee, and team placement will not be guaranteed). Registrations received before Aug. 1 will have no processing fee added.
To register, visit www.HYRSports.com.
Calling All Kentucky Craft Artists!
Kaviar Forge & Gallery is accepting submissions from Kentucky craft artists for its upcoming exhibition “Crafts in Kentucky.” The group show takes place Sept. 27–Dec. 28 at the gallery, 1718 Frankfort Ave. An artists’ reception is on Friday, Sept. 27.
The exhibition will celebrate the excellent tradition of crafts in Kentucky. Potters, wood turners, blacksmiths, glassblowers, jewelry makers, leather workers and other artisans are invited to submit work. The deadline is August 15.
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