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LFCHD Employee Newsletter

LFCHD provides hep A shots at Chrysalis House

We held an information session on hepatitis A, including providing vaccination, for clients and staff at the Chrysalis House. “We got our vaccinations!” the agency posted on Facebook. “It does not hurt. They will come to you. Thank you!”

Pictured below are Jill Keys, Karen Cecil, Ruth Stevenson, Tommi Marquardt, Deanna Bond, Debra Rickerd, Candy Medina and Dr. Kraig Humbaugh.

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3 LFCHD nurses take part in Hurricane Florence relief

Three LFCHD public health nurses are now in North Carolina as part of a Kentucky response to Hurricane Florence. Stephanie Carpenter, Chris Smith and Heather Toews will be providing medical assistance to those in need after the hurricane hit the east coast over the last week.

You can learn more in this Facebook video (and please excuse the flipped image for the first few minutes; it rights itself later on and makes it easier to catch all the great information from our team)!

Needle-exchange program celebrates 3rd anniversary

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Three years ago today we opened our needle-exchange program. On that Sept. 4, nine people walked through the doors to turn in used needles for new needles in an effort to fight the spread of hepatitis C and HIV. We’ve grown quite a bit:

  • expanding into a larger area in the Dr. Rice C. Leach Community Room at our main building at 650 Newtown Pike;
  • adding a new day and hours (3-6 p.m. Wednesday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday);
  • providing on-site referrals to recovery centers through Lexington’s Department of Social Services, Chrysalis House and Bluegrass.org;
  • offering free Narcan (from grants through the University of Kentucky College of Public Health and DrugFree Lex) to reverse opioid overdoses (available 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday).

Through our program, we’ve served more than 2,880 people and taken in more than 532,000 used needles, keeping them out of our community’s parks, playgrounds and streets and protecting you from hepatitis C and HIV! We’ve also had 138 people enter recovery programs, giving them a new chance at a sober life!

Thanks to everyone who has helped support our needle-exchange program the last three years! We look forward to its continued growth and success in helping Lexington be well!

Welcome new employees!

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

Brittney Ramey

Brittney L. Ramey
Nurse Specialist, part-time

EEDC hosts Unity Potluck

Our Employee Equity & Diversity Committee hosted its annual Diversity Potluck today, with staff bringing dishes and desserts representing their heritage and culture. We sampled food from all across the globe, listened to music spanning several countries and used stickers to note all the places we’ve visited. Public health stresses the importance of diversity and equality in providing health equity to the community!

Special thanks to the EEDC: Virginia Glasper, Ruben Perez, Marressa Starks-Baker, Matthew Bone, Beth Stroupe, Mirlleth Zapata, Cory Rutledge, Sandra Lilly, Catherine Lowe, Heather Toews, Lynnsey McGarrh, Laura Foley, Michelle Donaghy and Estephany Romero!

Overdose Awareness Day 2018

 

Some LFCHD staff spent Saturday morning at Jacobson Park for Voices of Hope’s annual Overdose Awareness Day event. Our team provided 25 hepatitis A vaccinations for the community at the event!

Hepatitis A is a liver disease that can easily be passed from person to person and can be spread through close contact with someone infected with it. We encourage you to talk to your medical provider about getting the hepatitis A vaccine.

Behind the scenes: restaurant inspections

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WKYT recently joined Danielle Wells on a restaurant inspection to get a look behind the scenes at our Environmental Health team is helping Lexington be well. Our inspectors visit Lexington’s 1,500-plus food establishments at least twice a year (among other duties!) to help prevent foodborne illnesses by making sure restaurants are up to the proper standards and are following regulations.

You can watch WKYT’s report here: LFCHD restaurant inspections!

Welcome new employees!

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

Lindsey Todd

Lindsey K. Todd
Team Leader Nurse Specialist PH Clinic

First day of classes for School Health!

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Some of our School Health nurses sent selfies from the first day of school in Fayette County, and we are ready to help students of all ages! Last year, our School Health nurses saw more than 44,000 visits to their health offices, helping Lexington be well by treating acute and chronic illness, health conditions, and injuries, health education, and disease prevention! We wish a safe and healthy school year to all the students, faculty, staff and nurses in Lexington!

You can find it here on Facebook; please consider sharing it with your family and friends!

National Immunization Awareness Month: School Health

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Classes start back Aug. 15 in Lexington, and our School Health nurses are celebrating National Immunization Awareness Month by making sure your kids have all the vaccinations required to enter school in Kentucky!

One of the most important things a parent can do to protect their child’s health is getting their child vaccinated according to the recommended immunization schedule. Whether parents have a baby starting at a new child care facility, a toddler heading to preschool, a student going back to elementary, middle or high school – or even a college freshman – parents should check their child’s vaccination records.

Child care facilities, preschool programs, schools and colleges are prone to disease outbreaks. Children in these settings can easily spread illnesses to one another due to poor hand washing, not covering their coughs and sneezes and other factors related to interacting in crowded environments.

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