Healthy Places Coalition

The Kane County Health Department mobilizes community partnerships to improve the health and well being of all Kane residents. The health of our indoor and outdoor environments is integral to the health of everyone, particularly our children!

The Healthy Places Coalition is an essential health partnership to reach for the 2030 county health vision: “To have the healthiest residents in Illinois!”

Who we are

The Coalition is formed by participants from diverse aspects of the community, including the US Environmental Protection Agency, the Kane County Health Department, municipal governments, hospitals, fire departments, community advocacy groups, non-profits, private corporations, and many others.

What we do

The focus of Coalition efforts is based upon a combination of two factors.

  1. Health issues within the community for which available data demonstrates a need;
  2. Health issues which coalition members identify as a concern of interest.

Why?

The mission of the Kane County Healthy Places Coalition is to engage all interested community members in assessing interest and issues for improving overall community health.

Spotlight on Coalition Activities

Web-Based Training about the US EPA’s Lead Renovation, Repair & Painting Rule/

Speaker’s Bureau - This group of Coalition members travels around Kane County giving 30-60 minute presentations on radon which are free for the community. These presentations are great for staff meetings and community gatherings!

Request a presentation. Questions? Contact Terry Roman at 630-264-7653 or RomanTerry@co.kane.il.us

Spotlight on Lead Prevention - Since lead poisoning is entirely preventable, we want to make parents and other residents aware that lead--from many sources-- continues to poison young children pregnant women and other adults in Kane County. 

Safe Lead Removal Practices Corner - To reduce the incidence of preventable lead poisoning among children, the Healthy Places Coalition partnered with 13 permit departments to identify and discuss safe lead practices. Coalition volunteers conducted in-person interviews with key informants, and provided educational toolkits to help increase awareness. Learn how to safely remove lead.

The Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program addresses the issues that result when higher levels of lead are found in blood tests of children in Kane County.

Business Partner Project for Eco-Friendly Lawn Care - The coalition is currently partnering with seven home improvement stores throughout Kane County to promote eco-friendly lawn care during the months of April and May. Each store received a poster, staff tip cards, and a program kit that included shelf tags, brochures, a catalog, and window decals to help promote the sale of organic, eco-friendly lawn and landscape products.

Business Partner Project for Radon, Lead, & Carbon Monoxide Awareness - The coalition has partnered with fifteen home improvement stores throughout Kane County to promote lead and carbon monoxide awareness during 2016 and radon testing during the month of January 2017. Each store received an awareness poster, along with flyers and promotion materials for customers and staff to raise awareness about healthy homes and these numerous household hazards.

Scout Badge/Patch Program - The coalition has partnered with IEMA and the American Lung association to develop the Radon Activity Badge/Patch program for both boy and girl scouts..

Car seat Technicians Program - The car seat technician outreach program is aimed at partnering with organizations who provide training for consumers who have recently purchased a child car seat. The goal is to have car seat technicians provide basic information to parents about the hazards of radon and how to test for it during car seat checks. Currently there are a total of 13 different organizations that are participating with Kane County in this endeavor.

Anchor It and Protect a Child - Keep your child safe through tip-over prevention.

Meetings
Meets bi-monthly on the first Wednesday of every even month from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at Kane County Government, Building A, Auditorium, Ground Floor located at 719 S. Batavia Avenue Geneva IL 60134 
 
If you are interested in more information about the Healthy Places Coalition, please email: RomanTerry@co.kane.il.us

  • Practical guidance on how to have a safe and healthy home
  • Information categorized by home hazards & health impacts
  • Tests users’ knowledge with quizzes
  • Ability to share information through social media platforms
  • Connects users to more information/resources

A FREE app, Healthy Homes Basics, from the Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes offers practical how-to guidance on how to have a safe and healthy home, right at your fingertips!
 

On the app

Use the Healthy Homes App English Flyer and Spanish Flyer to distribute in your community, business, or neighborhoods.

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​Resources

Radon testing kits are available from the Kane County Health Department and the Kane County Development Office.

Testing kits are also available at many local hardware stores.

Test kits for $15, which include certified lab analysis and postage,
are available at:
Aurora Health Department Office
1240 N. Highland Avenue, Suite 5
Aurora, IL 60506
Hours: Monday-Friday 
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Elgin Health Department Office
1750 Grandstand Place, Suite 2
Elgin, IL 60123
Hours: Tuesdays 
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Kane County Development Office
719 South Batavia Avenue, 4th Floor Geneva, Illinois 60134
Hours: Monday-Friday 
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Free test kits are available to those who are income eligible through Community Contacts, Inc. at 847-697-8800

Request a radon presentation for your Kane County community organization.

Download these free materials:
Radon Testing Bookmark
Radon Info Flyer English-Spanish
Radon Testing Flyer  English-Spanish

Visit our Radon page for additional information.