Public Health Clinic staff gathered for an all-staff meeting earlier this week, so that makes it a perfect time to brush up on some things you may not know about the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department’s various clinical (and related) services. Did you know?
- In 2012, the Head Start Program, which works with the Community Action Council (CAC) to provide well-child physicals and lead testing at daycares, averaged 33 lead tests per month. However, in October 2012, to help CAC pass an intense audit, Head Start staff worked hard to perform 186 lead tests. Yes, they did pass their audit.
- In 2011, the Kentucky Department for Public Health recognized our Vital Statistics office for their leadership and achievement in high quality/low error of processing of birth and death certificates. In 2013, staff began using an electronic database to quickly process more than 7,500 births and 3,000 deaths that occur in Fayette County each year. Learn more about the Vital Stats office here.
- Prior to 2010, the DNKA rate (rate of patients who Did Not Keep their Appointment) in the Public Health Clinic was at a discouraging and inefficient 40 percent. In 2010, the clinic implemented a same-day scheduling system to maximize efficiency with limited staffing. This means patients can now call or walk in the same day they wish to be seen to schedule an appointment. After this was implemented, the DNKA rate dropped to less than 10 percent. Want to view the Quality Improvement storyboard that illustrates how the clinic made this change? Click here.
- Our WIC (Women, Infants and Children) Program is one of the largest in the state, serving about 7,500 participants each month. The program helps families by providing nutrients most often lacking in diets of low-income individuals, like fruits, vegetables and whole grains. The WIC team recently received statewide recognition for their improvements in delivery of services, efforts that other counties are now using as a model to shape how their clinics operate. Learn more about WIC here.