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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 Risk
Poster & Video Contests for Radon Awareness
CLICK HERE for details
Radon Awareness Month Displays in Kane County Libraries

Elburn Town and Country Public Library

St. Charles Public Library
 
Ella Johnson Memorial Public Library, Hampshire
 
Radon 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

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.
 
Speaker’s Bureau:  This group of Coalition members 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!

Click here to request a presentation. Questions? Contact Terry Roman at 630-264-7653 or RomanTerry@co.kane.il.us
Radon Contests 2017:  The Healthy Places Coalition has partnered with public libraries around Kane County to promote Radon Awareness during the month of January.

The displays aim to inform the public about why radon is a community health issue, encourage our community to be aware that elevated radon levels increase the risk of developing lung cancer, and explain the procedure for radon testing. The Coalition will bring tailored radon displays to each participating library. The displays focus on increasing awareness and engaging youth to participate in the Poster and Video contest sponsored by the American Lung Association and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA). By encouraging schooled-age youth to develop a message about the dangers of radon and the relevance of testing homes, we hope to bring families and communities together to raise awareness about radon.

Click Here for details about the contests.
Business Partner Project for Radon Awareness: The coalition has partnered with eleven home improvement stores throughout Kane County to promote radon awareness and radon testing during the month of January 2017. Each store received an awareness poster that encourages shoppers to test for radon, along with radon flyers and promotion materials for customers and staff to raise awareness about the dangers of radon and the importance of radon testing.
Home Show in February: The Coalition will participate in the Home Show on February 10th-12th, 2017 at Pheasant Run in St Charles. This event brings together a number of home improvement exhibitors that offer their services to remodel and renovate homes. It is an excellent opportunity to share information with participants and customers about possible hazards when renovating or remodeling that could affect the health of our county families. The Healthy Places Coalition will be sharing information and assisting participants at the Home Show Booth from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM each of these days.
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,
9:00-11 am

Kane County Government, Building A, Auditorium, Ground Floor,
719 S. Batavia Avenue Geneva IL 60134 
 
Contact
If you are interested in more information about the Healthy Places Coalition,
please email: RomanTerry@co.kane.il.us
 
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
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
 
homes
Healthy Places Coalition spotlight on annual awareness campaigns:
CLICK HERE for info about the Health Homes Basics App
Living a healthy life starts with you and your home. During June's National Healthy Homes Month, the Healthy Places Coalition encourages everyone to learn about how to keep your home healthy so that YOU can stay healthy. 

A new 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!
On the app:
• 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
Healthy Places Coalition has also focused on:
Lead Poisoning Prevention
Protecting Your Child Through Tip-Over Prevention
 
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