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LFCHD Employee Newsletter

Wearing purple for domestic violence awareness

Employees wore purple Thursday to raise awareness and show support for women, men and children impacted by domestic violence. We were invited to participate in Wear Purple Day by Lexington’s Domestic Violence Prevention Board.

LFCHD holds media event to announce free Narcan

In preparation for Friday’s official launch of free Narcan in the needle-exchange program, the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department held a media event to announce the news to the community.

The kits are available through a partnership between the health department and the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center, part of the University of Kentucky College of Public Health. The kits will be distributed 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays in the Dr. Rice C. Leach Community Room.

Dr. HumbaughLFCHD’s Kevin Hall and Dr. Kraig Humbaugh spoke at the event, as did Dr. Svetla Slavova, principal investigator for the grant and associate professor in the UK College of Public Health Department of Biostatistics. She is also a faculty member with the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center, bona fide agent for the Kentucky Department for Public Health. The purchase of Narcan® was supported by a grant 2014-PM-BX-0010 (Data-Driven Multidisciplinary Approaches to Reducing Prescription Abuse in Kentucky) awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice.

Media coverage for the event included the following (Lexington Community Radio also had three show hosts cover the event, including an interview in Spanish, but posts are not yet available):

The entire event can also be found on the LFCHD Facebook page: Narcan announcment (Facebook).

Welcome new employees!

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

Mark Carter

Mark Carter
Environmental Health Specialist

Joni F. Green

Joni Green
Nurse Specialist

Jena Watkins

Jena Watkins
Clinical Services Representative

Stacey Zamora

Stacey Zamora
Clinical Services Representative

It’s National Health Educators Week!

CHEE team

We’re kicking off National Health Education Week this week! Today is about making health for all a reality. The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department recognizes that the health and well-being of communities are dependent on the physical, social, environmental and economic factors present in these communities. Communities that are under-resourced and under-represented, with health inequities that are most evident, have historically been silenced and ignored. They have had their trust violated with regard to economic and educational opportunities, environmental safety, access to health care, quality health care service delivery and education and their overall ability to thrive. Our dedicated health educators work daily to help Lexington be well. Pictured are, left to right, Laura Martinez, Catherine Lowe, Elaine Bailey, Tami Ross, Angela Brumley-Shelton, Elayne Hollinger and Tara Mason. Not pictured are Holly Clendenin, Emily Ginter, Nancy Hiner, Sarah McMahan, Ruben Perez, Dave Peterson and Melissa Smith.

Welcome new employees!

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

Joelie Smith

Joelie Smith
Nurse Specialist

Oct. 6: National Disease Interventionist Specialist Recognition Day

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It’s National Disease Interventionist Specialist Recognition Day, and we honor our team members who work daily to help Lexington be well: Julie Moon, John Moses, Hailee Reed, Lynnsey McGarrh, Lisa McDonald and Marressa Starks-Baker (not pictured). They wear many hats and take on many roles to protect people across the nation. Whether tackling STD prevention, tuberculosis outbreak response, HIV exposure notification or emergency response, DIS bring a special set of skills and level of dedication matched by few in the field. We are honored for the opportunities to work alongside them and to call them our colleagues. Today, we honor you, DIS, and all that you do in the name of public health!

CHEE attends Lexington Fire Department Festival

On Sunday, October 1, CHEE attended the 2017 Lexington Fire Department Festival. Nancy Hiner, Catherine Lowe, Angela Brumley-Shelton, and Melissa Smith provided a booth. They took checked the participants’ blood pressure and gave out education materials about tobacco cessation, diabetes, nutrition, safe sleep, child abuse prevention ,and Halloween safety.

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Know your Co-Worker: Pam Baker-Redman

Pam Baker-Redman

Name: Pam Baker-Redman, RN

Job Title: Clinical Specialist, RN

Department/Program Name: School Health

Years worked at LFCHD: 4+ years full-time (stand by now)

What is your favorite thing about working at LFCHD? The people! Teamwork and flexibility.

What was your previous job (if different from current position)? Retired from Bureau of Prisons/FMC-Lexington.

What is your favorite movie, type of music/musician or book? It would be easier to say what I don’t like!

What is your favorite color? Blue

What is your favorite food/place to eat? Winchell’s

What do you like to do for fun? Travel

What word(s) describe you best? Positive

What is your greatest accomplishment? Completing four years of college as a single parent and watching both my children graduate as well. Then, passing the physical requirements to work at the Federal Prison at the age of 58 and starting a wound program that had never been done before in a Federal Prison.

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CHEE reps LFCHD at Roots & Heritage Festival

Roots and Heritage

We provided health information Sept. 9 at the annual Lexington Roots & Heritage Festival. Attendees completed interactive handouts to assess their risk of Type 2 diabetes, with information on resources provided for pre-diabetes, diabetes and weight loss classes. Our Community Health Equity and Education team also distributed information on health department services, including Safe Sleep for Infants, heat stroke, care safety, child care and much more. They also gave away a variety of items, such bandage holders from Safe Kids Fayette County, Zika coloring books and CCHC cloth bags.

CHEE representatives Holly Clendenin, Catherine Lowe,  Nancy Hiner, Devon Millsaps and Sara McMahan worked the event, and Rick Cundiff helped with the set up and take down of the booth at the event.

Know Your Co-Worker: Donna Lassanske

Donna Lassanske

Name: Donna Lassanske

Job Title: Registered Nurse

Department/Program Name: Clinical Services – TB

Years worked at LFCHD: 2 months

What is your favorite thing about working at LFCHD? Great people

What was your previous job (if different from current position)? Diagnostic Services

What is your favorite movie, type of music/musician or book? Funny movies or muscials, and oldie goldies and country music.

What is your favorite color? Light purple or blue

What is your favorite food/place to eat? Cracker Barrel, O’ Charlies, Cheddars, and Applebees

What do you like to do for fun? I like to be outdoors and do yard and garden work.

What type of pets do you have? Two horses, one barn cat, a mare, and foal.

What word(s) describe you best? Reserved, but engaging.

What is your greatest accomplishment? I raised three adopted children into adulthood.

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