NE KY AHEC joins health partners to ‘Step Up’ against radon
The Northeast Kentucky AHEC recently joined with multiple health partners to form the Step Up to Reduce Radon Alliance, which has three main goals:
n increasing the availability of certified radon mitigators in northeastern Kentucky;
n improving access to affordable mitigation for low- to middle-income property owners in the region; and
n increasing awareness of the combined risk of radon and tobacco smoke exposure.
The group’s efforts are starting to pay off. In February, the alliance helped the Gateway District Health Department receive a mini-grant from EnviroHealthLink (envirohealthlink.org), Kentucky’s environmental public health tracking network, which is a partnership between the Kentucky Department for Public Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The $22,500 grant will allow residents of Bath, Elliott, Menifee, Morgan, and Rowan counties who have a documented need for home radon mitigation to apply for financial assistance. The funds also will be used to distribute hundreds of in-home radon test kits throughout the region and to help local individuals become certified in radon mitigation.
“Lung cancer continues to be one of northeastern Kentucky’s most serious health concerns,” said David A. Gross, director of the NE KY AHEC. “We developed this alliance to increase awareness about the dangers of radon and to make home mitigation more accessible within the region. This grant is a tangible first step toward achieving both of those goals.”
See the link below for a full-length article about the radon alliance that was published in the Spring 2017 edition of The Bridge, a quarterly publication of the Kentucky Office of Rural Health (see pages 6-7).