Health Department Public Meetings Begin This Week

by Rick Howlett on March 12, 2012

The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness will hold the first in a series of meetings this week to gather information from the public about the health care services they’re receiving.

Director Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt says the meetings are part of the department’s mission
to improve the health of Louisville’s citizens.

“We’ll ask questions that range from things like, ‘Have you been to an emergency room? If so, why? Was it because it was the hours of your physician aren’t convenient, or you don’t have insurance and there’s a perception that the emergency room care is free?’ We’ll be trying to get at some of those issues,” she said.

Nesbitt presented a report last week that finds many Louisville residents are battling health problems related to smoking and excessive weight.

Public meetings will be held tomorrow at the NIA Center on West Broadway and Thursday at the Southwest Government Center on Dixie Highway.

Both begin at 6:00pm.

Two more meetings are set for later this month in Prospect and Okolona.

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