​Healthy Places Coalition

The Kane County Health Department mobilizes community partnerships to improve the health and well being of all Kane residents. The health of our indoor and outdoor environments is integral to the health of everyone, particularly our children. The Healthy Places Coalition is an essential health partnership to reach for the 2030 county health vision: “To have the healthiest residents in Illinois.”

Who ARE WE?

The Kane County Healthy Places Coalition is formed by many partners. 

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What DO we do?

The current focus of the coalition is on “Healthy Homes” in our county. Through our work, we create and facilitate policy and system change to improve health in homes and in the community. We also encourage adoption of healthy homes practices by educating the public and stakeholders. 

Spotlight on Coalition Activities

Business Partner Project

The coalition has partnered with stores throughout the county to bring awareness to the dangers of lead, carbon monoxide and radon, and to promote the use of eco-friendly lawn care! Each store received an awareness poster, along with flyers and promotional materials for customers and staff to raise awareness about healthy homes and these numerous household hazards.

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Carbon Monoxide
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Spotlight on Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention - Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas produced by portable generators, stoves, lanterns, gas ranges, and from burning charcoal and wood. We want to help protect our residents by providing information on detection and prevention.

Lead

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Spotlight on Lead Poisoning Prevention - Since lead poisoning is entirely preventable, we want to make parents and other residents aware that lead--from many sources-- continues to poison young children, pregnant women, and other adults in Kane County. 

Safe Lead Removal Practices Corner - To reduce the incidence of preventable lead poisoning among children, the Healthy Places Coalition partnered with 13 permit departments to identify and discuss safe lead practices. Coalition volunteers conducted in-person interviews with key informants, and provided educational toolkits to help increase awareness.

The Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program serves children in Kane County with elevated blood lead levels. 

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Kane County is considered a low-moderate risk area with 3% of tested children, under the age of 6, having elevated blood lead levels. 

Radon
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Spotlight on Radon Prevention- Radon is a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas that is produced naturally from the breakdown of uranium. Radon gas can enter through cracks in homes/buildings/schools and expose people to radiation. We want to help educate residents on how to test their homes for radon and how to protect their families.

Speaker's Bureau - This group of Coalition member's travels around Kane County giving 30-60 minute presentations on radon which are free for the community. These presentations are great for staff meetings and community gatherings! Request a presentation. Questions? Contact Terry Roman at 630-264-7653 or RomanTerry@co.kane.il.us

Scout Badge/Patch Program - The coalition has partnered with IEMA and the American Lung association to develop the Radon Activity Badge/Patch program for both boy and girl scouts..

Car seat Technicians Program - The car seat technician outreach program is aimed at partnering with organizations who provide training for consumers who have recently purchased a child car seat. The goal is to have car seat technicians provide basic information to parents about the hazards of radon and how to test for it during car seat checks. Currently there are a total of 13 different organizations that are participating with Kane County in this endeavor.

Meetings
Meets bi-monthly on the first Wednesday of every even month from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at Kane County Government, Building A, Auditorium, Ground Floor located at 719 S. Batavia Avenue Geneva IL 60134 

Free CEU's for building code professionals about the US EPA's Lead Renovation, Repair & Painting Rule.
 
If you are interested in more information about the Healthy Places Coalition, please email: RomanTerry@co.kane.il.us

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  • Practical guidance on how to have a safe and healthy home
  • Information categorized by home hazards & health impacts
  • Tests users’ knowledge with quizzes
  • Ability to share information through social media platforms
  • Connects users to more information/resources

A FREE app, Healthy Homes Basics, from the Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes offers practical how-to guidance on how to have a safe and healthy home, right at your fingertips!
 

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Use the Healthy Homes App English Flyer and Spanish Flyer to distribute in your community, business, or neighborhoods.

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​Resources

Radon testing kits are available from the Kane County Health Department and the Kane County Development Office.

Testing kits are also available at many local hardware stores.

Test kits for $15, which include certified lab analysis and postage,
are available at:
Aurora Health Department Office
1240 N. Highland Avenue, Suite 5
Aurora, IL 60506
Hours: Monday-Friday 
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Elgin Health Department Office
1750 Grandstand Place, Suite 2
Elgin, IL 60123
Hours: Tuesdays 
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Kane County Development Office
719 South Batavia Avenue, 4th Floor Geneva, Illinois 60134
Hours: Monday-Friday 
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Free test kits are available to those who are income eligible through Community Contacts, Inc. at 847-697-8800

Request a radon presentation for your Kane County community organization.

Download these free materials:
Radon Testing Bookmark
Radon Info Flyer English-Spanish
Radon Testing Flyer  English-Spanish

Visit our Radon page for additional information.