Rep. Yarmuth, Family Health Centers Break Ground on Expansion
On Dec. 6, Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3) and the Family Health Centers Board of Governors broke ground on the East Broadway Community Health Center, the largest expansion project in the 37-year history of the nonprofit agency.
The $6 million renovation project is supported through a $5 million federal grant, part of a series of capital investments made in community health centers through the Affordable Care Act. The expanded health center will be located at 834 E. Broadway, in a building that recently housed an antique mall.
Occupying the first three floors of the five-story building, the East Broadway Community Health Center will significantly expand FHC’s current operation, from 8,400 square feet to more than 30,000 square feet. The renovated site, which will offer primary care integrated with behavioral health services as well as on-site radiology, dental and pharmacy services, is scheduled to open in the fall of 2014.
“The Family Health Centers expansion on East Broadway is a key step toward achieving our goal of ensuring that every Louisvillian has access to quality, affordable health care,” says Yarmuth. “As tens of thousands of Kentuckians realize the benefits of the Affordable Care Act in their everyday lives, I am proud to support this critical investment in health infrastructure that will expand access and care in our community.”
Recent federal investments in community health centers are helping to build the infrastructure to care for the more than 100,000 uninsured Louisville residents gaining access to coverage under the Affordable Care Act. The expanded FHC-East Broadway Community Health Center will provide capacity to serve an additional 10,000 individuals every year. At present, FHC-East Broadway serves approximately 5,800 patients annually.
Family Health Centers is funding the remaining $1 million of the project’s capital expenses through reserves and fundraising efforts, including online fundraising through Crowdrise.
“This expansion project is an important investment in the East Broadway corridor and an important step toward our goal of creating a much healthier city,” says Mayor Greg Fischer. “Providing access to timely preventive and primary care services is essential to keeping people healthy and keeping health care costs down.”
Family Health Centers is a nonprofit community health center established by the Louisville-Jefferson County Board of Health in 1976 to provide residents of Louisville and Jefferson County access to high-quality primary and preventive health care services without regard to the ability to pay. Family Health Centers is the largest safety-net primary care provider in the state, providing services to more than 42,000 individuals annually through a network of seven health center locations throughout Louisville Metro.Pizza and Preservation
Pride of Kentucky Chorus Wins Gold
The Pride of Kentucky Chorus of Sweet Adelines International won First Place “Gold” in the barbershop category of the International “Sing‘n’Joy” Choral Competition held in late November in Louisville. “Sing‘n’Joy” is the signature series of INTERKULTUR Choral Events that celebrate the joy of singing. Like their “World Choir Games,” this competition draws non-professional choirs from around the world, bringing an Olympic ideal to the choral community. Pride of Kentucky Chorus, joined by guest singers, also entertained audiences at a Friendship concert, sang to welcome guests at the Galt House balcony and entertained at the hotel’s “KaLightoscope Christmas.”
Pride of Kentucky Chorus invites any woman or girl who likes to sing to join them in rehearsals on Tuesday evenings, 7:30 p.m., at the Clifton Center, 2117 Payne St., beginning Jan. 7. “If you love to sing, you will not believe the musical high you will experience when you add your voice to the beautiful harmony,” says Betty Lou Coleman, Pride of Kentucky choreographer and associate director.
For more information about Pride of Kentucky Chorus, call (502) 368-7464.
Become a Park Steward
A Park Steward is a volunteer leader who receives in-depth training by Olmsted Parks Conservancy staff to help with park projects, volunteer events and/or community outreach. The training program covers plant identification, best practices for invasive plant removal, proper planting techniques, the history of the Olmsted Parks and more. The next Park Steward training begins Jan. 23. For more information or to register, visit www.olmstedparks.org/events or call (502) 456-8125.
Free Laundry and New Restrooms for the Homeless
Jefferson Street Baptist Center, 733 E. Jefferson St., has announced the opening of their newly renovated laundry and restroom facilities. Private funding for the $175,000 project will aid the 250 people JSBC serves daily.
Before the renovations, JSBC provided over 11,000 loads of laundry and over 16,000 showers per year to its guests and residents. As Kentuckiana’s only free laundry service for people over the age of 24, this vital service was in need of expansion. Previously, homeless guests waited for up to two weeks to wash their only clothes due to the overwhelming demand.
With the renovation, JSBC doubled the size of their women’s restrooms. Other services the mission offers for the homeless include Louisville’s only free storage facility, a mailing address for more than 3,200 people, and over 52,000 meals served per year.
Founded in 1881, Jefferson Street Baptist Center is one of America’s oldest rescue missions. To learn more, call (502) 584-6543 or visit www.jeffersonstreet.org.
Biennial Spring Nude Show Call for Artists
The Kaviar Forge & Gallery is accepting submissions for its upcoming biennial spring nude show. The exhibition, entitled “The Figure Revealed” will showcase the artistic interpretation and exploration of the human form. It is a juried show, but anyone is welcome to submit. The gallery is accepting all media and genre of art. The exhibition will be displayed at the Kaviar Gallery, 1718 Frankfort Ave., from March 28 through May 31.
Entries must include the size, media, technique and price of each piece, along with the name, home address, phone number and email address of the entrant. Submissions without this information will be disregarded. Acceptance into the show will be provisional upon receiving the actual work. The Kaviar Forge and Gallery will reply to all submissions once the committee meets to jury the show.