The committee has already toured several potential locations, and has researched the grants available for such a project. There is hope that a home might be donated to the cause so grants can be applied directly to renovations, said Judy.
Wellness center would be similar to Danville's
The second proposal, a wellness center, would be similar to those in Danville but larger and more accessible to families on a limited budget.
The group has toured several such facilities in Woodford County and Georgetown, with plans to visit Shelbyville. A possible site for the wellness center has been identified in county's memorial park, which will be on the corner of Goshen and U.S. 150, but is still under construction.
"There is an area of land not designated for anything in particular that would work for a wellness center," Judy said.
Judge-executive Buckwheat Gilbert said he would go to the center should it be built, but it could take a while.
"It's a great idea. But it will probably be in the last stages of our park. We're probably about $4 to $6 million away" from that point, Gilbert said.
The third and final identified need would attend to those students currently not receiving basic and preventive medical attention in school.
School Health Coordinator Eva Stone agreed that kids are being missed when it came to school health care.
"From my vantage point, I see we have a lot of kids who are in the cracks," Stone said. The purpose behind school-based health centers would not be the duplication of services, but rather something that "reaches those children that aren't receiving services," said Stone.
It could include a nurse or general practitioner for students
This could include a nurse or general practitioner being available to students in each school building every day of the week, as opposed to the current system of one nurse in the middle school three days a week and just one assigned to the high school. Each elementary school has a nurse in the building, said Stone, but there are always improvements that can be made to assure each student receives preventive care, such as basic check-ups, and general treatment for simple illnesses.
While each committee is still in the research phase, excitement for the projects is building as each group sees the possibilities, said Judy.
"It's encouraging to go and see things like this up and running in Kentucky, so it doesn't feel like such a pie in the sky, impossible goal."
She encouraged anyone living or working in the county to help better themselves and their community by joining a committee. "Any level of participation is appreciated," she added.
The next joint meeting of Mobilizing Action through Planning and Partnership will be 4 p.m. Jan. 24 at the Health Department. For more information, call (606) 365-3106.