The director of the Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness has delivered an assessment of the health of Louisville citizens and some strategies for improvement. Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt has been studying the city’s health statistics—the latest available are from 2009. Nesbitt says the smoking rate among Louisville adults was almost 24 percent, down slightly… Continue reading Nesbitt: Many Louisvillians Face Health Problems From Smoking, Weight
A national search has been launched for a new medical director of the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness. The post was vacated late last month when Dr. Matt Zahn accepted a job in California. Zahn, a California native, is the new epidemiology medical director at the County of Orange Health Care Agency.… Continue reading Health Department Seeking New Medical Director
Louisville’s heath department and Jefferson County Public Schools are embarking on a campaign to immunize thousands of students against the flu. The immunization campaign was launched two years ago in response to the H1N1 outbreak. This year’s free doses of combined H1N1 and seasonal flu vaccine are funded by various federal programs. Health department spokesman… Continue reading Flu Shots Begin This Week At Jefferson County Public Schools
The Healthy Start Initiative of Louisville’s health department will hold a town hall meeting tomorrow on infant mortality. Health department spokesman Dave Langdon says much of the discussion will focus on infant mortality rates in west Louisville neighborhoods. “Those are the neighborhoods that healthy start serves. We see infant mortality rates that are anywhere from… Continue reading Town Hall On Infant Mortality To Be Held In West Louisville
Twenty-nine Louisville restaurants at 46 locations have signed up so far for a voluntary program to list calorie and other nutritional information on their menus. Department of Public Health and Wellness Director Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt says the program is aimed at smaller establishments, and as many as 1,300 of them are eligible. “We are funding… Continue reading Restauranteurs Urged To Take Part In Menu Labeling Program
The Louisville Metro Health Department is making some adjustments to the letter system it uses grade sanitary conditions at the city’s restaurants and other food facilities. The changes go into effect September 1st. Department environmental health administrator Connie Mendel says places that receive an inspection score of 85 or above with no critical violations will… Continue reading Health Department Revising Restaurant Ratings
A deputy director of the Washington, D.C. Department of Health has been chosen to lead the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness. Mayor Greg Fischer announced today that Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt will assume the post vacated late last year by Dr. Adewale Troutman, who took a job in Florida. Nesbitt is currently deputy… Continue reading Audio: Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt, Louisville’s New Health Dept. Director
Mayor Greg Fischer has made his appointments to the recently-created Food Policy Advisory Council, which will work to reduce obesity in the city.
Health department director Dr. Adewale Troutman says the vaccines are free, but can only be offered at schools where at least 80 percent of the students are on free or reduced lunch.
Starting Thursday, residents can visit firehouses and other sites across the city to get an immunization, which this year includes both the seasonal flu and H1N1 vaccine.