Clean Indoor Air Partnership: Radon 2016-2017

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Description

The University of Kentucky Clean Indoor Air Partnership (CIAP) and its Radon Policy Research Program faculty and staff will complete the following work to advance radon education awareness and radon prevention science in Kentucky. The overall intent of this project is to identify areas of Kentucky that are at highest risk for radon exposure based on geologic rock formations. Our preliminary studies show that certain geologic rock formations are highly correlated with radon levels. The goal of this project is to create county level geographic maps to describe the geologic rock formations and home radon values in the five counties currently under contract with the Kentucky Radon Program to provide radon education and advocacy. We will gather and compile data from home radon testing and the Kentucky Geological Survey to create user-friendly county level maps and fact sheets during the first four months of the contract period (July 1 - October 30, 2014). During the next six months (November 1, 2014- April 30, 2015), we will work with the county radon programs to distribute the maps and related fact sheets to residents in the five counties via community organizations and the media (unpaid), targeting the specific areas of the county with rock formations known to have the highest radon levels. In the last two months (May 1-June 30, 2015), we will evaluate the impact of the radon education materials on overall home radon testing as well as in the targeted areas of the five counties before and after distribution of the materials. We will evaluate whether radon testing increased in the areas known to have the highest radon levels. CIAP will target five counties with a current state radon contract: Boyle, Estill, Lexington-Fayette, one county from the Barren River District Health Department, and one county from the Northern Kentucky District Health Department. For the two health department districts, one county from each of the two districts will be selected by Dr. Hahn after seeking input from the health educator from each district, Dr. Rayens, and Dr. Andrews. CIAP will obtain the latitude and longitude values for the homes with radon values available through AirChek, Inc. and map the coordinates along with the geologic rock formations in the five proposed counties. County-specific education materials, fact sheets and maps will be developed in•]house based on the results and printed in individualized packets for each county. Materials will also be available electronically to distribute via the health department’s website. Education materials, fact sheets and maps will be shared with health educators from the five counties via webinar or during radon coalition meetings. The materials will be distributed during health educators’ regular outreach activities including media education within their counties, and electronically on their website. There is a small budget for initial printing of each county’s materials, fact sheets and maps. Health educators will be welcome to reprint as needed any and all of these materials as provided. The materials will also be made available on our Radon Policy Research Program website: http://www.mc.uky.edu/tobaccopolicy/Radon/default.htm. CIAP team members (3) will attend and participate in the CRCPD National Radon Conference, presenting results of the mapping and educational campaign as appropriate. This contract includes compensation for the Program Administrator and Project Assistant/Research Assistant along with a Kentucky Geological Survey (KGS) Geologist to perform the duties outlined in the scope of work.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date7/1/166/30/17

Funding

  • KY Department for Public Health: $130,000.00

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