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Welch to work with the White House on $7.9 million grant for a healthier Louisville Metro

Sunday March 21, 2010

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

Metro Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13) praised today’s announcement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that Louisville will be one of 44 cities to use federal stimulus money for the creation of new programs to improve overall health of residents.

“We have a great opportunity to not only continue the successful things we as a metro government have done but now we can bring new ideas to so many areas for people who need to adopt better healthier lifestyles,” says Welch. “It is a great initiative to keep moving forward.”

Welch was a member of the Health Stimulus Team created by Mayor Jerry Abramson when President Barack Obama and Congress approved the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in 2009. Several stimulus teams were created in various areas on how to use the federal stimulus money for job growth and improvement of infrastructures.

The Councilwoman, a registered nurse by profession, is currently the Chair of the Metro Council’s Health and Human Needs Committee. At the request of Dr. Adewale Troutman, who heads the Metro Department of public Health and Wellness, Welch has been asked to serve on the coalition which will administer the grant program. She will travel to Atlanta for an informational session on implementation.

“Many people may not be aware that there is a health infrastructure in this country,” says Welch. “As we focus so much attention on health care reform, many cities are taking the initiative to help our people became healthier. In the long run, prevention programs will be cost effective and we must turn the tide on health risks such as obesity and diabetes in our populations.”

Welch says she will ask the Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness to come before the Health and Human Needs Committee at a future date to talk about the grant and explains the potential uses of the money.

Sponsor:
Vicki Aubrey Welch (D) 13