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LFCHD Employee Newsletter

Welcome new employees!

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

Milly Muffly

Milly M. Muffly
Nurse Specialist

Carolyn Brophy Huffman

Carolyn L. Brophy-Huffman
Nurse Specialist

Katherine Gardner

Katherine S. Gardner
Nurse Specialist

Health department marks Radon Action Month with free at-home kits

radonJanuary is National Radon Action Month, and we have FREE home test kits! Radon is an invisible, odorless, radioactive gas that is found naturally in rocks and soil. It enters homes through cracks and other openings in foundations. Any home can have elevated levels of radon. The only way to know if your home has an elevated radon level is to test. Get your FREE radon testing kit 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday at 650 Newtown Pike. For information, call (859) 231-9791.

The Commonwealth of Kentucky has long promoted radon testing. When homeowners find high levels of radon, they are urged to fix the problem. Typically, radon mitigation systems are installed to reduce the radioactive gas. The systems are designed for continuous suction and exhaust of the gas so it doesn’t collect in basements, crawl spaces and other places within a home.

It is estimated that a million homes in Kentucky have elevated radon levels. Many homeowners are not fully educated on the link between radon and lung cancer, thereby resulting in a small number of residential mitigations. About 1,800-2,000 mitigations are done each year in Kentucky. Also, more newly built homes could be constructed radon-resistant, if the owner requests the builder to put in radon prevention technologies (radon-resistant new construction or RRNC) in the design.

Bailey and Beatty celebrate retirement

We celebrated Elaine Bailey and Yvonne Beatty’s retirement this week. Bailey has 24 years of service and Beatty has 27 years of service. They have both been vital in our mission of helping Lexington be well! We wish them both a happy retirement!

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Elaine Bailey’s retirement party:

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Yvonne Beatty’s retirement party:

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Holiday and travel safety

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Stay safe this holiday season! The main tips for holiday and travel safety include:

  • Stay off the road during and after a winter storm.
  • Keep candles away from flammable materials or consider using flameless candles instead.
  • Keep an eye on food when cooking.
  • Turn off holiday lights at night.
  • Keep your tree watered, do not let your holiday tree dry out.
  • Shop securely online over the holidays.

Board of Health member named healthcare leader

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Dr. Mamata Majmundar, a member of our Board of Health, was recently named a Medical  News Healthcare Leader for 2017. You can read the profile on her here: Dr. Majmundar.

 

Bailey receives recertification as lactation consultant

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Doraine Bailey, our International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), has recertified her credential. All IBCLC are required to have 75 hours of continuing education every 5 years to recertify. Some of the continuing education topics included breastfeeding practices among Jewish and Muslim mothers; human milk banking; breastfeeding practices among LGBTQ families; infant gut microbiome; diagnoses for breastfeeding-related pain; implications of insulin dysregulation and diabetes for breastfeeding mothers; infant sleep, gut emptying and breastfeeding frequency; hypoplastic breast syndrome; opioids and drug-dependent women; and managing tethered oral tissues.

Doraine now begins her 16th year as an IBCLC with the health department, part of her 27 years with the agency.

Hollinger celebrates retirement

RetirementWe celebrated Elayne Hollinger’s last day Thursday,  Nov. 30, after 20 years and 2 months as part of the public health team in Lexington. Elayne launched the Reducing the Risk sex education and the Postponing Sexual Involvement abstinence education programs in Fayette County’s schools, helping thousands of students throughout the city. We’ll miss her vibrant personality and wish her a happy retirement!

Decorate safely for the holidays

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Keep your holidays happy with safe decorations. According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), December is the peak time of year for home candle fires.

Be fire smart as you deck the halls for a festive holiday season with these USFA tips:

  • Water Christmas trees every day. A dry tree is dangerous because it can catch fire easily.
  • Make sure Christmas trees are at least three feet away from heat sources like fireplaces, radiators, space heaters, candles or heat vents. Also, make sure the tree does not block exits.
  • Inspect holiday lights each year before you put them up. Throw away strands with frayed or pinched wires. Read the manufacturer’s instructions for the number of light strands to connect.
  • Turn off all holiday lights before going to bed or leaving your home.
  • Consider using battery-operated flameless candles, which can look, smell and feel like real candles.
  • If you do use lit candles, make sure they are in stable holders and place them where you can not knock them down.
  • Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that burns. Never leave a burning candle alone in an empty room.

Find more holiday, Christmas tree, and fire safety information on the USFA Holiday Safety page.

World AIDS Day 2017

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Today is World AIDS Day!

Countries across the globe are uniting with a common theme for World AIDS Day, held every Dec. 1. “End isolation. End stigma. End HIV transmission,” information on worldaidsday.org states. “This World AIDS Day, join the fight to end the negative impact of HIV.”

In Lexington, start by knowing your status. In Kentucky, as many as 25 percent of the people with HIV don’t know they have it. Getting tested is the first step in allowing HIV-positive individuals to begin medical treatment, which is important to live a long, healthy life.

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department offers free, confidential HIV tests 8:30-11 a.m. every Friday at 650 Newtown Pike. An oral HIV antibody tests takes about 20 minutes for results, and a fingerstick takes 1-15 minutes. If either test comes back reactive, free confirmatory testing is available.

It doesn’t stop with testing, though. The health department provides referrals for HIV-positive people to HIV care, support services and support groups, all of which work to improve daily life for those who have HIV. As of June 30, 2016, Kentucky had 9,928 people reported as living with HIV, including 947 in Fayette County. Our goal is to help each of those people live healthy lives and to help stop the spread of future HIV cases throughout the Bluegrass.

Celebration of Life poster for world aids day 2017 (003)World AIDS Day is also a chance to celebrate, and this year, we’ll be part of Bluegrass Pride’s “Celebration of Life” 7-9 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Lyric Theatre, 300 E. Third St. This free event will feature a variety of musicians and performers, refreshments and anonymous HIV testing from AVOL. This special event helps remind the community “there is still life with HIV,” so make plans today to attend!

You can also check out our Healthy Times radio interview about World AIDS Day with Mark Johnson and Charles Crutcher: Healthy Times radio interview.

The first segment of the show was also featured on Facebook Live: Healthy Times World AIDS Day Facebook Live.

 

Welcome new employees!

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

Hannah Gibbs

Hannah Gibbs
Nurse Specialist

Ruby Cardenas

Ruby Cardenas
Public Health Clinic Receptionist

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