CHEE travels town
The Community Health Equity & Education (CHEE) team spent a day in April traveling through Lexington’s East End on LexTran buses, and on foot, in order to get a bird’s eye view of what some of the health department’s clients may experience on a daily basis. Employees boarded a bus at the health department’s Newtown Circle campus. Then, they visited William Wells Brown Elementary/Community Center, the Lyric Theatre, a local corner store for lunch, a downtown cemetery and more. The previous day (part of a two-day retreat), staff attended a Bridges into Health presentation, a session that provided concrete strategies for addressing health inequities.
What are some of the program areas that CHEE staff represent?
- Daycare audits: auditing more than 200 daycares annually in Fayette County
- Nutrition: Staff are part of the Farm to School Program, which helps address the childhood obesity epidemic by making more fresh fruits and vegetables available to children in public schools
- Child Care Health Consultation (CCHC): The CCHC Program provides consultation, training and technical assistance to child care providers on health, safety, nutrition and social and emotional well-being for children 0-5
- Postponing Sexual Involvement (PSI): The PSI Program uses a middle school curriculum implemented in combination with a five-session human sexuality course to help delay the initiation of first intercourse
- Employee Wellness: Staff designed a comprehensive Worksite Wellness Incentive Plan for employees; by enrolling in the plan, Pubic Health employees can currently earn a maximum of 15 hours of paid wellness time off each year, and a maximum of $150 each year
- Community Coalitions: Staff are involved in a number of health-related coalitions in the community; for example, CHEE members are part of Sisters Fight BACC, which recruits women to be screened for breast and cervical cancer
- Diabetes management: Staff hold four free support groups each month at various locations throughout Lexington to help people control their diabetes
- Tobacco cessation: Staff hold classes at various locations throughout the year that helps people quit using tobacco by teaching the Cooper-Clayton Method to stop Smoking.