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Councilwomen Green, Woolridge and Hamilton applaud health screening effort for the West End

Wednesday March 7, 2007

Majority Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
For More Information Contact:
Tony Hyatt: 574-4137/ 526-3622
For Immediate release:

A major announcement of $1.2 million for health screenings in Louisville’s West End is being applauded by three Metro Councilwomen.

“It is an effort long overdue for the people who live in along the Ohio River in the western end of Jefferson County,” says Councilwoman Mary C. Woolridge (D) 3. “Many have worked long and hard to raise concerns about health issues involving the industrial area of the city known as Rubbertown.”

On Wednesday, Governor Ernie Fletcher (R) announced the health screenings as a result of a lawsuit settlement between the state and MSD involving storm drainage and sewer system improvements. Woolridge and Councilwomen Judith Green (D) 1 and Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D) 5 were on hand for the announcement.

The initial settlement was for $1 million. The Commonwealth of Kentucky has found an additional $200,000. The money will be used for about 30,000 screenings.

“This has been a very good effort between Metro Government and the Governor,” said Green. “I think a great many people are relieved that this day has come and now it is time to move forward.”

The Metro Public Health and Wellness Department will co-ordinate the screenings which could begin in the next several weeks when the final aspects of the program are public in place.

“Soon, the word will go about these screenings and who all can take advantage of this process,” said Hamilton. “While these screenings may be preventive in nature, it may help us understand the scope of the health concerns that have been raised over the years.”

The screenings will be for all age groups and any one who lives in the designated area of concern drawn up by local health officials. The information from the screening will be used to chart long range planning with health concerns.

Judith Green (D) 1
Mary C. Woolrdige (D) 3
Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D) 5