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Kentuckiana Regional Planning and Development Agency will make every reasonable accommodation to assist qualified disabled persons in accessing available services or in attending agency activities. If there is a need for KIPDA to be aware of a specific accommodation, you are encouraged to contact this agency at least one week in advance of the meeting so that suitable arrangements can be considered for the delivery of the service or attendance requirement prior to the activity.
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Public Administration Division
Call for Projects
2018 SRF IUP Schedule
2018 Call for Projects: October 3, 2016 – December 12, 2016
Creation of Project Priority List: January 1, 2017 – March 31, 2017 (Tentative)
Public Notice Period for IUP: May 1, 2017 – June 1, 2017 (Tentative)
Finalize 2017 IUP and send to EPA: Prior to June 30, 2017 (Tentative)
The 2018 DWSRF & CWSRF guidance documents are attached along with updated pre-applications. You will notice that there have been several changes to the pre-applications. First, the points for each SRF item has been included for reference in orange text. Second, the GIS requirements have been updated and are in blue text. The guidance documents and the pre-apps can also be downloaded from KIA’s website.
There have been two new ranking criterions added to the CWSFR and they have been added to the portal as well. The project profile dictionary has been updated and uploaded to the WRIS Planning Common folder for your reference. These new criterion can be found in the Impacts tab under Other CW Specific Impacts and they are:
Will this project eliminate a package treatment plant that is more than 15 years old? Points Received: 25
Will this project eliminate a package treatment plant that has received notices of violations resulting in degradation of waters of Commonwealth within the last two state fiscal years - July 2014 - June 2016? Points Received: 25
Kentucky Infrastructure Authority
1024 Capital Center Drive, Suite 340
Frankfort, Kentucky 40601
502.573.0260 Ext. 230
Mayor Fischer Addresses
St. Matthews Chamber of Commerce Luncheon
On September 21, the St. Matthews Chamber of Commerce met for their monthly luncheon at the Big Springs Country Club. The featured speaker for the event was Mayor Greg Fischer, and the room was completely packed with St. Matthews Chamber members and visitors. Fischer talked for 20 minutes about the growth Louisville is seeing in the opportunities for jobs and employment. After his presentation, he answered questions from the audience. When asked about the most exciting transportation projects in our region, he responded the TARC ZeroBuses and the New Dixie Highway (both projects having had KIPDA Transportation Division involvement). TARC is purchasing more of the popular zero-emissions buses, and with that purchase it will have the largest fleet of all-electric buses this side of the Mississippi River. These vehicles will be in the spotlight as they travel around downtown, stopping frequently near work sites and popular destinations including concerts, museums, and big-time college sports events. The ZeroBus fleet is an $11 million dollar investment in Louisville’s transportation network primarily through federal, state and local grant funding.
Dixie Highway is one of Louisville Metro’s busiest, widest and most dangerous transportation corridors. Its vehicle crash fatality rate is more than three times the rate of similar highways. More than 60,000 drivers and nearly 5,000 transit riders travel this busy corridor daily. The New Dixie Highway represents a $50 million investment to improve safety, mobility and livability along the corridor. It's the largest local investment in infrastructure outside of the Ohio River Bridges Project and the first major step toward the ultimate vision of a safer, visually pleasing, dynamic and business-friendly area. These initial improvements will help spur more investment in future Dixie Highway enhancements in the coming years. The $50 million overall investment also includes $14.5 million in pavement replacement and resurfacing currently underway along a five-mile segment from Stonegate Manor Drive to Greenwood Road. The overall project area runs from the Gene Snyder Freeway to downtown Louisville, spanning more than 14 miles. The project is fueled by a combination of federal, state and local funds. Work will follow priorities outlined in the successful 2015 U.S. Department of Transportation TIGER Grant application.
Digital Tools for Government Communicators Conference
Social media is ever-evolving, and is an invaluable resource for government communicators like the KIPDA Transportation Division. Our Community Outreach Specialist, Ashley Davidson, attended the Digital Tools for Government Communicators Conference in Washington D.C. September 28-30 to learn some of the innovative tools that have proven successful around the country.
The conference was designed for government communicators to come together and learn how other agencies are utilizing the latest tools, applications, strategies and cost-effective techniques to enhance citizen outreach programs and achieve mission-critical goals.
It was an outstanding way to connect, collaborate, and learn from government communication peers, and also to learn how to effectively drive citizen engagement and increase efficiency through traditional and non-traditional communication efforts from leading agencies. Some of the highlights included hearing from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration about their enhanced communication with the Latin community by using social media and other traditional communication channels, hearing NASA’s digital communications channels and their strategies to reach the masses and inspire the next generation, how the Virginia Beach Conventions and
Visitors Bureau implements media into their website and makes information more engaging, and the U.S. Forest Service’s best practices for driving citizen and public interest. In addition to hearing from their peers, there was an interactive thought-leader panel, “Discussing a Variety of Cost-Effective Social, Mobile and Digital Tools to Help You Increase Citizen Outreach and Engagement”, with panelists from Facebook, Eventbrite, and Sprout Social Speakers.
Coordinated Human Services Transportation Plan
The scheduled bi-annual review for the Coordinated Human Services Transportation Plan (CHSTP) for the Nine-County KIPDA Region has been approved. On September 14th the Transportation Technical Coordinating Committee heard the updated information and on September 22nd the Transportation Policy Committee voted to approve it. The Coordinated Human Services Transportation Plan for the Nine-County KIPDA Region is a plan that seeks to enhance mobility and access to transportation services for older adults and persons with disabilities.
It was adopted in June 2014, and a biannual review was conducted this year to make minor updates to the plan and to evaluate the progress made towards reaching the plan’s goals. The review findings indicated that 3 of the 6 goals were adequately addressed through 19 new projects in the last 2 years. A total of 15 agencies in the KIPDA region received Federal Section 5310 funding for 19 total programs which purchased/replaced 21 accessible vehicles, purchased/replaced 10 non-modified vehicles, and provided work trips to TARC 3 eligible consumers who live/work outside of the ADA service area.
The recent federal transportation legislation, the FAST Act, authorized a new pilot program, the Rides to Wellness Initiative, to help finance innovative projects for the transportation disadvantaged. All human services and transportation agencies are encouraged to apply for 5310 funds and the Rides to Wellness Initiative to fund capital transportation projects (such as vehicle replacement and fleet expansion), and other types of projects that address the goals of the CHSTP.
Dixie Area Business Association Business Expo
The Dixie Area Business Association (DABA) held their annual business expo on September 13th at the Ormsby Heights Baptist Church. KIPDA Transportation Division and Ticket to Ride were exhibitors in the expo. There was a contest for best decorations, and there were many excellent networking opportunities throughout the day.
The highlight of the day was hearing Bellarmine University’s basketball coach, Scott Davenport, talk about his three guiding principles. Davenport is a Louisville native who hails from the South End, and who credits it for work ethic and success in life.
Record Breaking Comments at WorldFest 2016
The weather for WorldFest was ideal this year and the KIPDA Transportation Division was able to get record breaking comments from the public during the four day event! Our staff received more than 120 comments from our region and surrounding areas. In addition to the WorldFest crowd at the Belvedere, thousands of deaf citizens were on site for DeaFestival at the Kentucky Center for the Arts and KIPDA staff was able to obtain comments from some of the attendees. Engaging such a diverse audience makes WorldFest one of the most valuable outreach methods KIPDA Transportation uses!
Social Services Division
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Breast Cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States today. The American Cancer Society is actively fighting breast cancer by early detection through testing, providing education on treatment options, and funding research. The risk of developing breast cancer increases with age, about 1 out of 8 invasive breast cancers are found in women younger than 45, while about 2 of 3 invasive breast cancers are found in women age 55 and older. Eighty percent (80%) of breast cancers are invasive, meaning cancer cells from inside milk ducts or lobules break out into nearby tissues. Men can develop breast cancer, but it’s about 100 times more common among women than men. Approximately, 5% to 10% of breast cancer cases are thought to be hereditary.
Signs and Symptoms of Breast Cancer
Breast lump or mass
Breast or nipple pain or Nipple retraction (turning inward)
Swelling of all or part of a breast (even if no distinct lump is felt)
Skin irritation or dimpling
Redness, scaliness, or thickening if the nipple or breast skin
A nipple discharge other than breast milk
(Although these symptoms can be caused by things other than breast cancer, see your health care provider for assistance)
What should you do?
If you are at risk for breast cancer due to personal history, family history, or have signs and symptoms seek assistance from a health care provider
Women ages 40 to 44, should have annual breast cancer screenings with mammograms
Women ages 45 to 54, should get mammograms every year
Women age 55 and older, should have mammograms every 2 years or have a choice to continue annually
Women should become familiar with doing their own detections at home and become proactive with preventative measures and treatments by seeking advice from a health care provider.
October is Health Literacy Month. According to the National Health Literacy Month Organization, “Health Literacy Month" is a time for organizations and individuals to promote the importance of understandable health information.
This annual, worldwide, awareness-raising event has been going strong ever since Helen Osborne founded it in 1999. "This year, the theme for the month is “Be a Health Literacy Hero,” which calls upon individuals and organizations to take action to improve health communication. This call to action focuses not only on identifying problems related to health literacy, but on developing realistic solutions to solving these problems.
A problem commonly encountered by practitioners and organizations is using effective communication methods when developing health information. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), health information should be accurate, actionable, and accessible.
The CDC has developed the Clear Communication Index to assess public communication materials by assigning them with a score based on how effectively they are communicating the information. For more information about the Index, and to access the tool, visit http://www.cdc.gov/ccindex/.
Mother Nature can strike when we least expect it; however, proper planning and preparation can help minimize casualties when these natural disasters do occur. The Central United States Earthquake Consortium provides information, safety and planning for earthquake activity in our region. Although we typically don’t think of earthquakes as being a threat to our region, Kentucky is located along the New Madrid Seismic Zone and the Wabash Valley Seismic Zone. The risk of being impacted by an earthquake is real.
The Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill is set for October 20, 2016 at 10:20 a.m. Last year more than 40 million people participated in this drill around the world. The purpose of the ShakeOut is to bring awareness about the threat of an earthquake and to help individuals, families, and organizations plan and practice “Drop, Cover and Hold On.” Here are a few tips on what you should do if you get caught in an earthquake:
If you are inside a building:
DROP to the ground (before the earthquake drops you!),
Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table, and
HOLD ON to it until the shaking stops.
If you are in a wheelchair, recliner or bed and cannot take cover:
Stay put and do not try to transfer during the shaking. Cover your head and neck with yourarms or a pillow until the shaking stops. If you are in a wheelchair, make sure to lock your wheels.
Stay indoors until the shaking stops and you are sure it is safe to exit. In most U. S. buildings you are safer if you stay where you are until the shaking stops.
If you are outdoors when the shaking starts, you should find a clear spot away from buildings, trees, streetlights, and power lines, then “Drop, Cover and Hold On.” Stay there until the shaking stops.
If you are driving, pull over to a clear location, stop and stay there with your seatbelt fastened until the shaking stops. Once the shaking stops, proceed with caution and avoid bridges or ramps that might have been damaged.
To learn more about how to stay safe and participate in the Great ShakeOut visit www.shakeout.org/centralus. You can also visit www.cusec.org to learn more about earthquakes in the Central U.S. region.
According to the National Safety Council, unintentional and intentional injuries are the third leading cause of death in the U.S. and sadly many of these injuries could have been prevented by addressing the hazards surrounding them.
The Safe Communities model requires community partners to use injury data to identify leading causes of injury in their community and make a comprehensive plan to address, reduce and measure success in those areas. A community could be defined as a city, village, county, region or university and because each community is different the areas of injury prevention may also vary.
The National Safety Council has designated Wednesday, October 5, 2016, as Safe Communities America Day. This is a day to recognize and support those communities that have achieved accreditation for their hard work and commitment to improve and reduce injury; there are currently 29 communities across the U.S. that have achieved accreditation. To learn more about safe communities visit http://www.nsc.org
Bone and Joint Week 2016
October 12-20, 2016
Bone and joint conditions are the most common cause of severe long-term pain and physical disability worldwide affecting hundreds of millions of people. More than half the American population (over 18) is affected by bone and joint conditions; a third of them required medical care for these conditions. Bone and joint conditions include back pain, arthritis, traumatic injuries, osteoporosis, and spinal deformity.
These conditions lead to significant disability plus diminished productivity and quality of life. Treatment is expensive and since the “Baby Boomers” became beneficiaries of Medicare, the economic and societal cost of bone and joint health has escalated and is expected to continue for decades.
What Can You Do?
Be active! Get some exercise! Physical activity helps your bones and joints and can postpone or prevent bone/joint disorders. WebMD recommends doing strengthening, aerobic, and flexibility (range-of-motion) exercises. In fact, scientific evidence recommends regular lifelong physical activity to improve bone/joint health.
Eating right is always an important part of maintaining your overall health, and your bones/joints will benefit from a healthy diet, too! Bones need lots of calcium and vitamin D. Doctors suggest up to 1,500 mg of calcium daily. Try to get your calcium via your meals (e.g., milk, yogurt) and make up the difference with a calcium supplement (e.g., vitamin pill). Did you know that the vitamin D helps your body absorb the calcium? But, always check with your doctor first to see how much calcium you need.
Always see your health care provider if you start to experience pain or discomfort in your bones or joints. Many conditions can be treated without surgery—using heat, ice, exercise, muscle relaxants, anti-inflammatory medications, pain relievers, physical therapy, activity modification, or joint injections.
In an effort to raise awareness, the reason for Bone and Joint Week, four special days are planned.
October 12 – World Arthritis Day
October 16 – World Spine Day
October 17 – World Trauma Day
October 20 – World Osteoporosis Day
I remember going up with my grandmother in the typical suburban neighborhood. Each year she would work diligently on my Halloween costume and transform me into a princess, a rock star, and scary monsters of all types, literally what every my heart desired. After the weeks of costume creating, I would miraculously transform in exactly what I dreamed of. I remember the smile on my grandmother’s face when I used her hallway as a catwalk and walked like a supermodel showing off her newest fashion design. She loved it just as much as I did and it showed with every stitch.
The night of Halloween she would walk with me around the block with me and help me gather my goods while the neighbor’s compliments her creations over and over. Then we would sit on her porch and pass out goodies to the other ghouls and goblins that crept up her walkway. This was one of my grandmother’s favorite times of the year, and planning for the next years costume started immediately after the candle was extinguished from the jack-o-lantern that night.
Although my grandmother loved this time of year, Halloween can be a night full of stress to many other seniors in the community. A night filled with strangers knocking at their door dimmed lighting and being alone puts some seniors into worrying situations. Seniors may feel intimidated by opening the door to many strangers, the may feel as if being alone puts them at a greater risk of pranks, and the dimmed lighting can cause confusion, and a falls risk.
There are things that families, friends and even agencies can share with seniors that may not be as excited about the approaching holiday. Simple steps like keeping the lights on and keeping the trick-or-treaters outside are some ways that seniors can stay safe on a night of tricks and treats. Some tips to keep seniors secure during Halloween are:
• Keep lights on – Even if the senior is not distributing candy, encourage them to keep their homes well-lit. This will make their home less attractive to vandals or other that pose a threat. Keeping the home well-lit will also help the senior avoid tripping hazards both inside and outside of the home. If candy will not be distributed place a sign on the door saying “Sorry no more candy” instead of turning off the light.
• Keep trick-or-treater’s out- If able, encourage seniors to pass out candy while sitting outside or on their porch. NEVER allow anyone in the home, even if the person is a small child.
• Don’t drive – On this night the streets and sidewalks are buzzing with kids and families. Encouraging anyone not just seniors not to drive while others are out trick-or-treating can reduce the chances of serious accidents and injuries.
• Do things as a group – Encourage family and friends to come to the seniors home on Halloween and help distribute candy. Sitting on the porch together will lessen the stress a senior might have.
No matter the age Halloween is a time that everyone should practice all of the various safety lessons they have learned. Pay attention to your surroundings, drive as little as possible and when you do pay more attention to the sidewalks and possible children that could dart out in front, and keep areas well-lit to detour tricksters from taking advantage of a situation!
Wishing everyone a safe and spooky Halloween!
Medicare Open Enrollment: 5 Things You Need to Do
Routines help keep us focused, organized and even healthy. However, if your health routine doesn’t include preparing for Medicare’s Open Enrollment, now’s the time to kick start a new healthy habit.
If you have a Medicare advantage or prescription drug plan, Open Enrollment runs October 15 through December 7 and is the time you can make changes to your plan. Even if you’re happy with your current coverage, you might find something that’s a better fit for your budget or your health needs. If you miss an Open Enrollment deadline, you’ll most likely have to wait a full year before you can make changes to your plan.
Here are five important things every Medicare beneficiary can do to get in the Medicare Open Enrollment routine.
1. Review your plan notice. Be sure to read any notices from your Medicare plan about changes for next year, especially your “Annual Notice of Change” letter. Look at your plan’s information to make sure your drugs are still covered and your doctors are still in network.
2. Think about what matters most to you. Medicare health and drug plans change each year and so can your health needs. Do you need a new primary care doctor? Does your network include the specialist you want for an upcoming surgery? Is your new medication covered by your current plan? Does another plan offer the same value at a lower cost? Take stock of your health status and determine if you need to make a change.
3. Find out if you qualify for help paying for your Medicare. Learn about programs in your state to help with the costs of Medicare premiums, your Medicare Part A (hospital insurance) and Medicare Part B (medical insurance) deductibles, coinsurance and copayments and Medicare prescription drug coverage costs. You can do this by visiting Medicare.gov or contacting a KIPDA State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) counselor.
4. Shop for plans that meet your needs and fit your budget. Starting in October, you can use Medicare’s plan finder tool at Medicare.gov/find-a-plan to see what other plans are offered in your area. If you are not comfortable using the Medicare tool yourself contact a KIPDA SHIP counselor. A new plan may:
a. Cost less
b. Cover your drugs
c. Let you go to the providers you want, like your doctor or pharmacy
If you find that your current coverage still meets your needs, then you’re done. Remember, during Medicare Open Enrollment, you can decide to stay in Original Medicare or join a Medicare Advantage Plan. If you’re already in a Medicare Advantage Plan, you can switch back to Original Medicare.
5. Check your plan’s star rating before you enroll. The Medicare Plan Finder has been updated with the 2016 Star Ratings for Medicare health and prescription drug plans. Plans are given an overall quality rating on a 1 to 5 star scale, with 1 star representing poor performance and 5 stars representing excellent performance. Use the Star Ratings to compare the quality of health and drug plans being offered.
These are a few easy ways to get a jump start on your Medicare Open Enrollment. For more information you can, call KIPDA at (502)266-5571 or toll free at (888)773-3363. SHIP counselors provide free, one-on-one, non-biased Medicare assistance. Get free personalized health insurance counseling by calling KIPDA.
October is National Bullying Prevention Month
National Bullying Prevention Month is a campaign in the United States founded in 2006 by PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center. The campaign is held during the month of October and unites communities nationwide to educate and raise awareness of bullying prevention. With the changing demographics, bullying among seniors is a growing problem. Some bullying behaviors common in the senior population include:
Criticizing or ridiculing;
Verbal or physical abuse of victims,
Stealing or destroying property;
Saving seats or reserving spaces for clique members in dining rooms, restaurants, or during outings or other events;
Spreading rumors or whispering when the victim enters a room.
Types of bullies:
verbal bully – rumors, name calling, sarcastic or demeaning language
physical bully – physically harming the victim
secondary adult bully – does not initiate the bullying, but joins in to avoid becoming a victim
cyber bully – using the internet, texting, e-mail to harm others
pair bullies – two individuals intimidating others
gang bullies – a primary bully with a number of followers.
Dementia & bullying:
Individuals with dementia may be the victims or they may display bullying behavior. Varying levels of dementia should be taken into consideration. Dementia can sometimes be the cause of violence since someone with dementia may wrongly perceive things as threatening. They may also forget previous consequences related to bullying behavior.
Ways to deal with bullying:
acknowledge the problems and develop an approach
zero-tolerance on bullying
implement codes of conduct
enforce consequences for bullying
ignore the bully
report to the proper individuals/ authorities
document the instances of bullying
speak up! We are all responsible to get involved and stop bullying.