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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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2017 KAMM Workshop
KIPDA is hosting the Kentucky Association of Mitigation Managers (KAMM) Training on April 18, 2017.
The training will go over advanced topics. Lunch is provided.
The month of April is recognized as National Donate Life Month (NDLM); a month long celebration devoted to stories of HOPE from donor families, recipients, living donors, and those still waiting for a transplant. More than 119,000 men, women and children currently await lifesaving organ transplants and of those, 1,100 of them are 10 years old or younger. Sadly, twenty two people on the national wait list die each day because an organ does not come in time. Of those on the wait list, 80 % are waiting for a kidney and 12% need a liver transplant.
Up to seven lives can be saved with the donation of the heart, liver, lungs, kidneys and pancreas, and up to fifty lives can be enhanced with tissue donation. The Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) report that 48,000 patients have their sight restored through corneal transplants each year and approximately 30,000 tissue donors have contributed to more than 1 million tissue transplants.
The OPTN reports that approximately 54% of the U.S. adult population is registered to donate; however, the waitlist indicates the need for more people to join the registry. For Kentuckians, registering is as easy as logging on the secure website www.donatelifeky.org or signing up when you renew your driver’s license. The Donor Registry enables your family members to know that you have chosen to save and enhance lives through donation.
National Volunteer Appreciation Week
April 23rd - 29th, 2017
National Volunteer Week is an annual celebration observed in April to promote and show appreciation for volunteerism. It is organized by the Point of Light foundation which is the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service; it mobilizes millions of people to take action and change the world.
Besides the benefits to society, scientific studies have shown that individuals who volunteer enjoy psychological and physical benefits, including increased satisfaction, improved sense of belonging, lower blood pressure, increased protection from Alzheimer's, and decreased mortality.
Volunteers are an essential part of the KIPDA provider network and we would like to say a big THANK YOU to all who contribute their time to make a positive impact in our communities. If your organization has volunteers and you are thinking of planning a volunteer appreciation event, here are some ideas:
Host a small reception or luncheon to recognize your volunteers during National Volunteer Week
Write a press release about the National Volunteer Week and how your organization is recognizing volunteers
Send a letter to the editor and highlight the role of volunteers and the difference they make in your community
World Immunization Week 2017....VACCINES WORK!
Immunization is one of the most successful and cost-effective ways to prevent illness, disability, and death from preventable diseases. We have made enormous progress, but almost 20 million children are still missing out on basic vaccines. In addition, too many adolescents and adults are not receiving the vaccines they need to help them stay healthy throughout life. Vaccines can help limit the spread of antibiotic resistance. Vaccinating humans and animals is a very effective way to stop them from getting infected, and also helps to prevent the need for antibiotics.
Parents and children’s caregivers – as well as adolescents, adults and health workers – need to understand the vital importance of keeping immunizations up to date throughout a person’s lifetime.
The last week of April each year is marked by the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners as World Immunization Week. It aims to raise public awareness of how immunization saves lives, encouraging people everywhere to vaccinate themselves and their children against deadly diseases. The week is often marked with activities including vaccination campaigns, training workshops, round-table discussions and public information campaigns.
2017 Bike Kickoff
On Tuesday, April 4th Bike Louisville will hold its 2017 Bike Kickoff at the Highlands Community Campus. The event featured vendors, free bicycling swag and an opportunity for people to learn more about Louisville’s bicycle culture. Attendees heard from Mayor Greg Fischer about the 2016 bike successes (projects, rides, education). There was also information about new bike/ped projects, rides and educational opportunities in 2017. KIPDA Transportation Division and Ticket-to-Ride representatives were there to hear from community members about their ideas.
INDOT Seeks Input on Selection of Future Highway Projects
The Indiana Department of Transportation is inviting its customers and the public to provide input on the selection of future state-highway construction projects.
To use federal funds, a transportation project must be listed in a four-year budget document known as the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program. In urban areas, Metropolitan Planning Organizations produce and collect public input on their own Transportation Improvement Programs.
INDOT’s draft Statewide Transportation Improvement Program is available for public review at www.in.gov/indot/3132.htm. The document lists construction projects planned from July 2017 through June 2021 and the funds available for transportation projects and programs including highways, transit, bicycles and pedestrians.
The public may submit comments through:
Postal mail addressed to Michael McNeil, INDOT STIP Director, 100 N. Senate Ave., IGCN 955, Indianapolis, IN 46204, or
Paper comment forms at one of six regional open houses.
INDOT respectfully requests that all comments be submitted or postmarked by Monday, May 1. INDOT will then collate and respond to comments and questions on the record as an appendix to the final document. The open houses will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Eastern time at the dates and locations listed below.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017: INDOT Seymour District, 185 Agrico Lane, Seymour, IN 47274
Wednesday, March 29, 2017: INDOT Sub-District Office, 3650 S. U.S. 41, Vincennes, IN 47591
Thursday, March 30, 2017: Crawfordsville Public Library, 205 S. Washington St., Crawfordsville, IN 47933 Tuesday, April 11, 2017: INDOT District Office, 315 E. Boyd Blvd., LaPorte, IN 46350 Wednesday, April 12, 2017: INDOT District Office, 5333 Hatfield Rd., Fort Wayne, IN 46808 Thursday, April 13, 2017: INDOT Traffic Management Center, 8620 E. 21st St., Indianapolis, IN 46219 Please note that INDOT’s LaPorte District office is located in the Central time zone, where local time for the open house is 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
With advance notice, special accommodations will be made for individuals needing auxiliary aids or services of interpreters, signers, readers, or large print. Anyone with such needs should contact Rickie Clark with INDOT's Office of Public Involvement at 317-232-6601 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Transportation Division Delves Into the Foundations of Public Participation
Involving the community throughout the planning process is integral to the operation of the KIPDA Transportation Division. From attending community festivals, holding open houses and broadcasting Transportation Technical Coordinating Committee and Transportation Policy Committee meetings, we are always looking for new and innovative ways to engage the public. From February 27 through March 1, our Community Outreach Specialist, Ashley Davidson attended the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Skills Syposium in San Diego, CA. There were a variety of sessions offered, and she attended the IAP2 Foundations in Public Participation Program, a 5-day program intended to provide a broad-based learning experience covering all of the foundations of public participation.
Developed in consultation with practitioners from around the world, the training provides useful tools for designing and implementing effective public participation programs. Attendees from around the United States walked through possible situations and learned best practices for achieving a satisfactory outcome. The course was a great learning tool to apply to all future transportation planning endeavors in the KIPDA region.