Healthy Times

LFCHD Employee Newsletter

Targeted Prevention takes part in drug awareness health event

Targeted Prevention

Our Targeted Prevention team partnered with the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy and the Salvation Army to attend their first Community Health Event to provide education about signs and symptoms of opioid overdose, naloxone and safe needle practices. We also provided information on cocaine overdose, basic wound care and STI transmission. Staff also conducted HIV and hepatitis C testing at the event. Thank you Marressa Starks-Baker, Lynnsey McGarrh, Kelsi Hernandez, Tenille Allen, Julie Moon and Hailee Reed for taking the time to participate in this much needed event!

Breeding featured speaker at KY TB Update for Physicians and Clinicians

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The Southeastern National Tuberculosis Center (SNTC) presents the Kentucky Tuberculosis Update for Physicians and Clinicians on Thursday, March 29 in Bowling Green. Sandra Breeding, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC will be one of the featured speakers at the training. Find out more:

It’s International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC)/Lactation Support Staff Day

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We join the international campaign that focuses on deepening the connections International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) have with families, health care providers and the community by taking a moment to thank the IBCLCs making a difference in the lives of families throughout Lexington and Central Kentucky.

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department has one IBCLC, Doraine Bailey, offering families breastfeeding support in person and over the phone. Cristina Hiten and Mary Beth Gilles are Certified Lactation Consultants, and Alyson Layne-Davidson and Kelli Gould are Certified Lactation Specialists.

We are grateful for the work of all the IBCLCs, mother-to-mother support leaders, and others helping breastfeeding families. Because of their hard work, Lexington continues to lead the state in the number of babies starting out breastfeeding.

If you or someone you know would like more information about breastfeeding support, just call the health department’s Breastfeeding Warm Line at (859) 288-2348.

Diabetes program earns high state ranking

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Our “Healthy Living with Diabetes Program” tied for second place in statewide rankings of the Kentucky Diabetes Prevention and Control Program’s Diabetes Program Scorecards! They exceeded the statewide average by 71 points, demonstrating the quality work with resources given to our program. Congratulations to Tami Ross, Tara Mason, Melissa Smith and Nancy Hiner! Call us at 859-288-2446 for help with your diabetes!


Gilles receives lactation consultant certification

Mary Beth Gilles, a nutrition specialist in WIC, recently received her Certified Lactation Consultant certification.

“With this certification, I want to help raise the statistics of breastfeeding women and infants everywhere,” Gilles said. “There are so many benefits of breastfeeding for both mom and baby, including decreased risk of ovarian cancer, breast cancer and heart disease for women and overall better health for the baby. I am very excited to share the knowledge I have acquired with our clients at WIC and with my WIC team.”March 7 Mary Beth Gilles receives certification

Gilles is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University with a bachelor’s of health science degree in dietetics. She joined the health department two months after graduation and has been with the WIC program for almost two years.

Gilles says she knew nothing about breastfeeding when she started her job, but it “struck my interest immediately, and I began trying to absorb as much information as I could to help women become comfortable and confident in breastfeeding.”

The ability to share that information is one of Gilles’ favorite parts of working at the health department.

“There are so many aspects I love about my job,” she said, “but there are a couple of things that really exceeded my expectations. The WIC program has taught me so much about nutrition for pregnant/postpartum women, infants and children, and I continue to learn something new every day. I am beyond excited and forever grateful to start my journey as a CLC.”

March is National Nutrition Month

National Nutrition Month is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.

The theme for 2018 is “Go Further with Food.” The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics aims to encourage everyone to eat healthier while lowering your food budget and reducing food waste. Some ways we can go further with our food and still eat healthy are to plan meals and snacks in advance, freeze leftovers, and control portion sizes.


  • Walton Robinson
  • Lilia Villegas
  • Megan Preston
  • Mary Beth Gilles
  • Heather Watson
  • Brittany Anstaett
  • Kelli Gould


  • Nancy Hiner
  • Cristina Hiten
  • Melissa Smith
  • Alyson Layne-Davidson
  • Tami Ross
  • Jenna Schwartz

We will be celebrating the month (and Registered Dietitian Day) with appearances on Healthy Times (93.9 FM) at 10 a.m. March 7 and WTVQ at 9 a.m. March 14.

Welcome new employees!

Please take a moment to welcome the newest employees of the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department.

David Vance

David Vance
IT Generalist

Kasey Farris

Kasey E. Farris
Nurse Specialist School Health (part-time)

LFCHD gives 185 free flu shots

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department provided 185 free flu shots Tuesday evening at its special one-night-only clinic for the community. Flu shots continue to be provided, for a fee, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Thursday in the Public Health Clinic.

The event received news coverage from WKYT, WLEX and WTVQ.

Spread love, not disease!

For Valentine’s Day (and National Condom Day), we promoted Facebook ads with information about free condoms and testing. See our ads below:




We also placed a table in the front lobby with a bowl of condoms, flyers with testing information, and HIV/STI pamphlets. See our DIOS staff at the table below:

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WIC team participates in the Urban Mountain Challenge

The WIC team participated in the Urban Mountain Challenge at the “Big Blue Building” in downtown Lexington on Saturday, Jan. 27. Jill Keys, Rebekah Shoopman, Jenna Schwartz, Mary Beth Gilles, and Heather Watson attended. The team climbed 30 double flights of stairs and everyone made it to the top!

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