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Kane Health Department chosen for national grant

Forum on health, social services

State and county officials are scheduled to appear at a Forum on Health Care and Social Service Issues Sept. 20 in St. Charles.

The forum will provide updates on social service needs and the opportunity for residents to speak with public officials and candidates.

The program, open to the public, is set for 5:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at Christ Community Church, 37W100 Bolcum Road, St. Charles.

For information, contact Gina Richter at or visit

Updated: October 15, 2012 9:28AM

The Kane County Health Department is one of six nationwide to be chosen for a grant from the American Public Health Association.

Kane was one of six selected out of a field of 121 grant applicants. The $40,000 grant will help fund community health initiatives around the county.

Sharing in the grant funds will be Campton Hills, the Active Transportation Alliance, the Elgin Community Garden Network, the St. Charles Park District and Kane County.

Campton Hills will be developing a plan for biking, walking and horse trails to connect with the Great Western Trail and two elementary schools.

The Active Transportation Alliance will analyze the seven Metra stations in Kane County to determine their bicycle and pedestrian accessibility.

The Elgin Community Garden Network is looking to raise awareness of community gardens within walking or biking distance from homes through the use of social media.

The St. Charles Park District will do an engineering study of area trail lengths, and increase awareness of the trails through marketing.

Kane County is looking at ways to improve “walkability” in Aurora, St. Charles and Dundee townships.

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