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Healthy Places Coalition
Healthy Places
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!”

Radon RiskRadon testing is now required by Illinois law for licensed child care centers and homes.  It is highly recommended that child care centers and homes promote radon testing to parents too--to make their homes safe.  This is a “Safe at child care”  AND “safe at home” approach! The best time to do this is when the center or home posts results of their own radon tests.

The Kane County Healthy Places Coalition has created the following tool kit to make it easy for child care centers and homes to encourage parents to test their homes. The Child Care Radon Testing Photo Journal Tool Kit provides a quick guide to the various action items that child care centers and homes can choose from the tool kit to promote radon awareness among parents. We hope this tool kit helps many families with children in child care settings in Kane County.

CLICK HERE for a pdf of the following Radon Testing Photo Journal Tool Kit
Radon Testing Tool Kit

Steps for Child Care Providers:
1. Complete a radon test.
At the time of child care license renewal, arrange for your center/home to complete a radon test and display the results for parents to view in accordance with Illinois Statute effective January 1, 2013.
2. Give radon letter to parents.
The parent letter explains the dangers of radon and how parents can protect both themselves and their child.   The parent letter can be found HERE in both English and Spanish.
3. Involve the kids.
A coloring sheet is a great way to involve kids and facilitate additional parent knowledge of radon.
The Kane County Healthy Places Coalition has provided these coloring sheets in both English and Spanish.   Click HERE to download and print them.
4. Give information on radon test kits.
The flyers have additional information on radon and radon testing.   Click HERE for the flyers in both English and Spanish.
If income eligible, parents may be able to receive free radon test kits through Community Contacts or Joseph Corporation.
5. Follow-up survey.
Consider doing a follow-up survey with parents to see if they have tested their homes for radon. Conduct the survey six to twelve months after the radon awareness promotion program.  Click HERE for the survey questions in both English and Spanish.
6. Radon awareness promotion for parents.
This could be done by requesting a presentation through Kane County Health Department’s Radon Speakers Bureau. Speakers can be requested HERE. To increase parent participation, consider offering a raffle prize.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
More information about radon
on our Radon Page HERE
Who we are:
The Coalition is formed by participants from diverse aspects of the community, including the US Environmental Protection Agency, the Kane County health department, municipal governments, hospitals, fire departments, community advocacy groups, non-profits, private corporations, and many others.
What we do:
The focus of Coalition efforts is based upon a combination of two factors.
1) Health issues within the community for which
    available data demonstrates a need;
2) Health issues which coalition members identify
    as a concern of interest.
Why?:
The mission of the Kane County Healthy Places Coalition is to engage all interested community members in assessing interest and issues for improving overall community health.
 
Healthy Places Coalition focus on:
Protecting Your Child Through Tip-Over Prevention
Health Places Coalition developed the
Indoor and Outdoor Action Plans for 2013-2014    Click Here to read 
Radon Awareness Initiatives:
To kick off the New Year, and Radon Awareness Month,Radon Risk Coalition members have been hard at work developing new materials to promote radon awareness in Kane County. 

Outreach efforts include:
Child Care Centers:  As Centers renew their licenses they will be required by law to post results of their radon tests.  We are working with several centers to promote their results and to encourage their parents to test their homes for radon.
Physician Outreach:  This outreach aims to encourage physicians to provide information about radon to their patients, as well as to urge their patients to test for radon in their homes
General outreach:  To area agencies with the idea of promoting radon awareness to as many people as we can reach.  If you are interested in distributing materials please check out the resource section of this page. There you will find materials that you can download and post or distribute.
Speaker’s Bureau:  This group of Coalition members travels around Kane County giving 30-60 minute presentations on radon. These presentations are great for staff meetings!  Click here to request a presentation.   
Click Here to visit our Radon page
to read more about what radon is, the health risks, current radon levels in Kane County, policies, and testing information
 
Child Care
Child Care Centers:  Parents of children in day care will be better informed about levels of radon in their child's facility under a new law that took effect Jan. 1, 2013. Licensed day care centers and day care homes are now required to test for the radioactive gas, and beginning Jan. 1, 2014, day care centers will need to show proof the facility has been tested for radon within the last three years as part of the initial application or license renewal process.
Our Speakers Bureau offers free presentations to the community.  CLICK HERE for our online Radon Presentation Request Form.
Contact Terry Roman at 630-264-7653 or at with questions.
The Coalition is partnering with local doctors to encourage radon home testing. Radon educational materials for doctors have been created by the Coalition, for doctors to pass out to their patients. 
 
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Meetings
Meets bi-monthly on the first Wednesday of every even month,
9:00-11 am

Kane County Government, Building A, Auditorium, Ground Floor,
719 S. Batavia Avenue Geneva IL 60134 
2014 Meeting dates:
June 4, Aug. 6, Oct. 1, Dec. 3
 
Contact
If you are interested in more information about the Healthy Places Coalition,
please email:
 
 
radon test kit
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  8:30am-4:30pm
Elgin Health Department Office
1750 Grandstand Place, Suite 2
Elgin, IL 60123
Hours: Tuesdays  9:00am-12:00pm
Kane County Development Office
719 South Batavia Avenue, 4th Floor Geneva, Illinois 60134
Hours: Monday-Friday  8:30am-4:30pm
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 through our online form HERE
 
 
Download these free materials:
 Radon Testing Bookmark
  Radon Info Flyer  English-Spanish
  Radon Testing Flyer  English-Spanish
 
Japanese Garden - Geneva
 
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