The Supplemental Environmental Project (SEP) is a result of an agreement between the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Louisville Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD). As part of this agreement, $1 million was set aside to provide health screenings for up to 30,000 residents of neighborhoods adjacent to the industrialized areas of southwest and northwest Louisville (commonly known as Rubbertown). The Louisville Metro Council adopted a resolution for the mayor to enter into an agreement between the Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet of Kentucky, MSD, and the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness (LMPHW) to conduct and perform these health screenings. To fulfill the requirements of the decree, screenings with results, follow-up and referral will be completed by June 30, 2008.
The target area for the screenings is an area with industrial facilities in the vicinity. The facilities include wastewater treatment, chemical and rubber production, electricity production, and other manufacturing plants typical of industrialized areas.
The neighborhoods identified for the screenings are Chickasaw, Park Hill, Park DuValle, Parkland, Lake Dreamland, St. Denis, California, and Riverside Gardens. The neighborhoods have been combined into four areas where health screenings will occur. The LMPHW will be in each area for a period of two weeks for a total of 85 hours at each site.
Medical staff will screen for high blood pressure, cholesterol levels, diabetes, low iron levels, lead in children under the age of six, respiratory tests for health problems such as asthma and screenings for colon, breast, cervical, bladder and prostate cancers. All tests will be performed by licensed, professional medical staff.
The LMPHW established a steering committee to oversee the process and provide recommendations. A stakeholders group has been formed to assist with planning on the grassroots level and to facilitate the success of the screenings. Community healthcare providers have committed to the project, as well as the University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences, to assist LMPHW in accomplishing the screenings and tests associated with this project. At the end of the project a final report of what we have learned will be presented to the entire community.
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