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Free Health Screenings to be Offered for West and Southwest Louisville Residents

Tuesday September 4, 2007

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – (September 4, 2007) Beginning Monday, September 10, the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness will make free health screenings available to residents of west and southwest Louisville neighborhoods.

Neighborhoods included in the screening area are St. Denis, Riverside Gardens, Lake Dreamland, Chickasaw, Park DuValle, Hallmark, Algonquin, California, Parkland, and Park Hill.  The health screenings will include:

  • Blood Pressure
  • Diabetes, cholesterol, and low iron
  • Blood lead for children under age 6
  • Respiratory tests for breathing problems such as asthma
  • Colon, breast, cervical, bladder, and prostate cancer screenings

The health screenings have a value of up to $1,400 but are offered no cost to residents in these areas.

The health screenings will be conducted over an eight week period in three different locations. The screening schedule is as follows:

Area 1 - September 10 to September 22
Screening Location: Farnsley Middle School, Cane Run Road & Lees Lane
Includes the neighborhoods of Riverside Gardens, St. Denis, Lake Dreamland, Cane Run, and areas of southwestern Jefferson County west of Dixie Highway.

Area 2 - October 1 to October 12
Screening Location: Chickasaw Park
Includes the Chickasaw neighborhood

Area 3 – October 15 October 26
Screening Location: Chickasaw Park
Includes the neighborhoods of Park DuValle, Hallmark and Algonquin

Area 4 – October 29 to November 9
Screening Location: St. Stephens Church, 1018 S. 15th St
Includes the neighborhoods of California, Parkland, and Park Hill

The hours for the screenings in these areas are:

  • Mondays and Wednesdays 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • The first Saturday* 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
    *Except Area 1 –We will be at Farnsley Middle School on Saturday, September 22.

Residents of these areas are encouraged to phone the Health Screening Hotline at 574-5643 to set up an appointment or for more information.  A map of the service areas and more information is available at http://www.louisvilleky.gov/Health/Screenings.htm

Funds for the $1.2 million project came as a result of negotiations between the Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) and the Kentucky Department of Environmental Protection over alleged violations involving the Morris Foreman Wastewater Treatment plant.

“Here’s a number that can be the key to your health–
574-5643,” said Dr. Adewale Troutman, Metro Public Health and Wellness director, “I encourage all residents living in these areas to get checked at these screenings. Tell your neighbors, friends, and family members living in these areas as well. Your health matters - so call us.”

The mission of the Department of Public Health and Wellness is to protect, preserve and promote the health, environment and well-being of the people of Louisville. To learn more about the Health Department’s programs and services go to www.louisvilleky.gov/health.