*Since there is the possibility that a meeting could be canceled, relocated or rescheduled please call the KIPDA office at (502) 266-6084 to confirm a meeting prior to attending.
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.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
Public Administration Division
Bullitt County Earns
Work Ready Communities Certification
The Kentucky Education and Workforce Development announced on May 19, 2016 that Bullitt County has received the Work Ready Communities Certification. Bullitt County is one of only 29 Kentucky Counties that has earned this designation. Kentucky Work Ready Community certification is a measure of a county’s workforce quality. It is an assurance to business and industry that the community is committed to providing the highly-skilled workforce required in today’s competitive global economy.
To become certified, a county must gather local support and commitment and apply for the Work Ready Community designation. Counties have to meet criteria in six areas, including: high school graduation rates, National Career Readiness Certificate holders, demonstrated community commitment, educational attainment, soft-skills development and digital literacy.
From L to R – Front Row: Angie Woodward, Bullitt County Work Ready Committee Member; Felicia Harper, KIPDA. Back Row: Melanie J. Roberts, Bullitt County Judge/Executive; Kurt Krug, Work Ready Review Panel Chair and KWIB member; Debby Mobley, Truck America Training; Hugh Haydon, KWIB chair, Rick Jordan, Director of Special Projects with the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet and Hal Heiner, Secretary of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.
Community Development Block Grant
2016 Funding Cycle Now Open
The Department for Local Government (DLG) administers approximately $23 million annually from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.
The CDBG program provides assistance to communities for use in revitalizing neighborhoods, expanding affordable housing and economic opportunities, providing infrastructure and/or improving community facilities and services. With the participation of their citizens, communities can devote these funds to a wide range of activities that best serve their own particular development priorities.
All project activities must meet at least one of three national objectives:
•benefit to low and moderate income persons
•prevention or elimination of slums or blight
•meeting particularly urgent community development needs.
For the 2016 funding cycle, DLG will receive $22,343,047 estimate for distribution. Funds are designated for various program areas including Community Projects, Community Emergency Relief Fund, Economic Development, Housing, Public Facilities Public Services (Recovery Kentucky).
The Kentucky Office of Homeland Security will be opening its 2016 State Homeland Security Grant Program starting next week. While the criteria has not been released at this time, this is to allow each potential applicant time to begin thinking about which projects could be submitted.
The Kentucky Office of Homeland Security Grant Application can be accessed online at http://kohs.ky.gov/
All applications must comply with the published state and federal criteria.
Only eligible applicants may apply for HSGP funds. Eligible applicants include units of government: city or county governments, area development districts, merged units of government, and public universities.
The lead applicant is responsible for grant funds and administration including, but not limited to, assurances and audit requirement, maintenance, and records.
All applicants must be NIMS compliant.
All applicants must have an eClearinghouse review.
An agency may submit multiple applications; however, each application must contain only one project and reflect only one funding category
Please contact KOHS or Eric Dennison at firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions, or call 502-266-6084.
Kentucky Association of Government Communicators Holds "Festival of Communications"
The Kentucky Association of Government Communicators (KAGC) is made up of men and women who work in government agencies across the Commonwealth. The spring conference was held May 25 in Frankfort, at the Office of Administrative Courts. This year’s theme was “Festival of Communications”. There were demonstrations entitled “How to Build Better Booths”, “Communicate Your Story”, and “Your Ticket to Social Media Success”. It was a wonderful opportunity for the KIPDA Transportation Division to hear from other outreach specialists about how to achieve greater results when engaging the public!
Old Louisville SpringFest
The 5th Annual Old Louisville SpringFest was held May 20-21. The event takes place on 1st Street between Magnolia and Oak Streets. The KIPDA Transportation Division was set up amid the historic houses to listen to citizen’s transportation needs. The rain kept some visitors away on Friday, but luckily the weather cooperated more for Saturday. The event had over 50 vendor booths, food trucks and live music.
National Association of Retired & Veteran Railroad Employees Host KIPDA Transportation Division
On May 12th, two members of the KIPDA Transportation Division gave a presentation to members of The National Association of Retired & Veteran Railroad Employees (NARVE) Unit 41. About 25 NARVE members attended the meeting and asked great questions. David Burton discussed the Metropolitan Transportation Plan and Ashley Davidson provided them with information about KIPDA.
Randall Embry Appointed to National Association of Development Organizations' Nominating Committee
Randall Embry of the KIPDA Transportation staff has been a transportation planner for sixteen years and has served for the last six years on the National Rural Planning Organization (RPO) Council of Peers with the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO). Mr. Embry is the designated representative to the Council of Peers for all 15 Kentucky ADDs He is also serving on the national nominating committee, having been appointed by the NADO President to select a Rural Planning Organization America Chair and a slate of officers for 2016. Mr. Embry will be attending the National Rural Transportation Conference on June 13-15 in Chattanooga, TN.
Social Services Division
June is Men's Health Month
Engaging Males in Health Services June 13-19 2016
MORE ON INCREASING MALE PARTICIPATION
The thought of producing health services that work for men is gaining traction and popularity around the world. Below is a website to various programs that has been found to work well with attracting males in health.
One of the toughest problems for organizations that have these programs is how to get males within the organization to participate.
This can be a daunting task for organizations to do. Based on some current programs the following steps should be addressed.
STRUCTURING YOUR ACTIVITY
Keep it simple. Make it enjoyable. Don’t overthink what you have to do to make it healthy. Incorporate activities that are likely to be fun for your targeted group.
Be prepared for when male participants do come along. Make the program activities welcoming, use posters and pictures that display dads and kids or real world men in various settings.
PROMOTING YOUR EVENT
Think about how males find information. Peer networks, friends, workplaces, sporting clubs and even wives and partners are often effective and low-cost methods of providing information
Good events and networks take time to build so do not be discouraged during the beginning. The best marketing practice is to promote little and often, through established networks and by low cost marketing methods.
PROVIDING HEALTH INFORMATION
Provide discrete but easy to access health information. Put information into a show bag rather than leaving it open to pick and choose from. That way, making it more appealing to participants.
If you’re producing your own material, keep the wording short and to the point. Provide summaries of complex information if you have to.
These are just a few helpful hints when developing and implementing successful health services to engage men.
HIV/AIDS Is Not Just an Issue for Young People
June 27, 2016 is National HIV Testing Day.
Why would this be important for older adults? Look at the numbers. HIV and Aging is a national issue.
Did you know?
People aged 50 and older have many of the same HIV risk factors as younger people, but may be less aware of their risk.
People aged 55 and older accounted for one-quarter of all Americans living with HIV in 2012.
Older Americans are more likely to be diagnosed with HIV infection later in the course of their disease.
Older people in the United States are more likely than younger people to be diagnosed with HIV infection late in the course of the disease, which means starting treatment late and possibly suffering more immune-system damage. This can lead to a poorer prognosis and shorter survival after an HIV diagnosis. Among people aged 20 to 24 who were diagnosed with HIV infection during 2004-2009, 99% survived more than 12 months after diagnosis, compared with an estimated 89% of people aged 50 to 54, 86% of people aged 55 to 59, 82% of people aged 60 to 64, and 73% of people aged 65 and older (for those who did not survive more than 12 months, death could have been from any cause). Late diagnoses can occur because health care providers may not always test older people for HIV infection, and older people may mistake HIV symptoms for those of normal aging and not consider HIV as a cause.
Many older people are sexually active, including those living with HIV, and may have many of the same HIV risk factors as younger people, including a lack of knowledge about HIV and how to prevent transmission, as well as multiple partners. Older people also face some unique issues:
Many widowed and divorced people are dating again. They may be less aware of their risks for HIV than younger people, believing HIV is not an issue for their peer group. Thus, they may be less likely to protect themselves.
Women who no longer worry about becoming pregnant may be less likely to use a condom and to practice safer sex. Age-related thinning and dryness of vaginal tissue may raise older women’s risk for HIV infection. The availability of erectile dysfunction medications may facilitate sex for older men who otherwise would not have been capable of vaginal or anal intercourse.
Although they visit their doctors more frequently, older people are less likely than younger people to discuss their sexual habits or drug use with their doctors. Also, doctors may be less likely to ask their older patients about these issues.
Stigma is a particular concern among older people because they may already face isolation due to illness or loss of family and friends. Stigma negatively affects people’s quality of life, self-image, and behaviors, and may prevent them from seeking HIV care and disclosing their HIV status.
Aging with HIV infection also presents special challenges for preventing other diseases because older people with HIV may have an increased risk for cardiovascular disease, thin bones, and certain cancers. Older HIV patients and their care providers need to maximize prevention efforts against these conditions and remain vigilant for early signs of illness. They also need to be careful about interactions between the medications used to treat HIV and those used to treat common age-related conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, elevated cholesterol, and obesity.
June 5th- Annual National Cancer Survivors Day
Sunday, June 5, 2016, will be the 29th Annual National Cancer Survivors Day and survivors and supporters in communities around the world will gather together to celebrate and raise awareness of issues related to life after cancer. National Cancer Survivors Day was created to CELEBRATE those who have survived, INSPIRE those recently diagnosed, a gather SUPPORT for families and raise AWARENESS in communities.
Thanks to early screenings, diagnoses, and advances in medicine more than 14.5 million Americans are living today after being diagnosed with cancer. Cancer survivors often experience continuing problems beyond the physical battle of cancer; emotional and financial hardships often linger for years after treatment.
Cancer survivors may face numerous challenges during and after treatment:
Limited access to cancer specialists and promising new treatments
Denial of health insurance and life insurance coverage
Difficulty keeping/finding jobs
Financial hardships due to medical expenses, lost wages, and reduced productivity
Fear of cancer reoccurrence
Strains on personal relationships
National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation is active in advocating for more research, resources and legislation that will ease the burden for cancer survivors. To learn more about National Cancer Survivors Day and to gain access to a list of resources available visit their website at www.ncsd.org.
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
June 15, 2016
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is June 15th and we need people within their local communities to educate others about the impact of elder abuse and the prevalence of elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation. Kentucky is a mandatory reporting state and any person having reasonable cause to suspect that an adult has suffered abuse, has to report their suspicions. The person reporting the abuse does not have to have any specific proof that the abuse is occurring. Adult Protective Services (APS) and the local law enforcement will investigate and make the determination of abuse, neglect or exploitation.
KIPDA Social Services, the Department for Community Based Services, Community Action Agencies, Long-term Care Ombudsman, and several other organizations have partnered to establish a rural local coordinating council on elder abuse (LCCEA) that covers the counties of Bullitt, Henry, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer, and Trimble.
Some of the goals of the council are to develop and facilitate a community-wide system of prevention and intervention; to identify and coordinate the roles and services of local agencies which provide services to elder victims of abuse; to monitor, evaluate, and promote the quality and effectiveness of services and protection in the community
Elder abuse occurs in every community and it is necessary to develop a network of services by community partners for prevention, intervention, and coordination of services and resources for elder victims of abuse, neglect, and exploitation as well as for caretakers and perpetrators. In addition to raising awareness about elder abuse in the rural counties, the council also identifies and coordinates the roles and services of local agencies which provide services to elder victims of abuse.
Last year the Council administered a survey to get a better idea about how much people in the rural communities know about elder abuse and whether or not they perceive it as a problem in their communities. The results show that there is still work to be done in terms of educating communities on what constitutes elder abuse, how to prevent it, and report it.
The council has hosted elder abuse awareness events in the past that were well attended and is in the process of planning other events to continue raising awareness and educating the local communities about elder abuse.
KIPDA Annual Caregiver Conference
Older Americans are more likely to be diagnosed with HIV infection later in On Tuesday, May 17, 2016, KIPDA hosted their Annual Caregiver Conference at Beargrass Christian Church, Shelbyville Rd. The Keynote speaker was Dr. Pamela Cotton who spoke at great length to the group about self-compassion and the importance of self-care for caregivers. Following Dr. Cotton’s presentation, caregivers were treated to a delectable lunch by Masterson’s catering which was generously sponsored by Passport Insurance. Attorneys from Goldberg Simpson, LLC, presented information during the lunch hour on grandparent visitation and custody laws in Kentucky.
Following lunch, caregivers were given the option to attend breakout sessions of their choice which covered a variety of topics ranging from Dementia and Caregiving to Managing Difficult Childhood Behaviors. According to KY Advocates, Kentucky ranks #1 in the Nation for Kinship Care and Kentucky Educational Television (KET) was present to film Mary Beth Uberti from Operation Parent on setting boundaries with social media and steps to take to ease childhood fears.
Caregivers benefitted from the agencies that were present; accessing information about the services they provide. More than $600 in gift cards and gifts were generously donated by local businesses and were entered into drawings at the conclusion of the conference. Those who attended the conference walked away with strategies to help them manage their stress and new information to assist them in their caregiver duties. We hope to see you at our next Caregiver Conference in 2017.