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Metro Newsroom 

Louisville Metro EMS to promote health and wellness

Wednesday March 7, 2007

The paramedics and emergency-medical technicians of Louisville Metro EMS are on the front line of health care – and are now using that role to help prevent medical emergencies before they occur.

Under the new “HealthAware” program, Louisville Metro EMS responders will help spread the word to citizens about a variety of health and wellness topics. Paramedics and EMTs, as part of their official uniform, will begin wearing the pins, ribbons and bracelets that raise awareness of particular medical causes, and be armed with the affiliated information to share with patients.

“Our team members are trained medical professionals, and the nature of their jobs – often being the first help someone receives – provides them the opportunity to be real advocates for wellness,” said Dr. Neal Richmond, chief executive officer of Louisville Metro EMS.

The HealthAware program began this month with paramedics and EMTs wearing “Gray Matters” buttons in support of National Brain Injury Awareness Month. Louisville Metro EMS will focus on different issues each month, using input from employees to determine the particular topics to promote.

About brain injuries...

  • 1.4 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury every year and 50,000 people die from those injuries
  • People aged 0-4 and 15-19 are at greatest risk
  • Long-term effects depression & mood swings, increased anxiety, trouble concentrating, impaired judgment, often leading to personal and family stress resulting in loss of employment, spousal separation, etc.
  • Simple things such as wearing bicycle helmets and seat belts can go a long way toward prevention


A correctly fitted helmet can help prevent head injuries.