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Archive for the month “June, 2013”

Getting to Know: Carla Basanta

Carla Basanta with her grandchildren, Miriam, Madeline and Natalie.

Name & job title: Carla Basanta, nurse specialist, coordinator, Public Health

Years Worked at LFCHD: 20

Favorite Thing About Working at LFCHD: being part of an organization that promotes healthy living

Previous Job: Public Health Clinic Nurse; Team Leader, Public Health Clinic

Favorite Movie: Dr. Zhivago

Favorite Singer/Band/Musician: classical music

Favorite Book: I don’t have a favorite book; favorite genres are suspense, historical fiction, science fiction

Favorite Place to Eat: Ramseys

Favorite Hobbies: Quilting, counted crosstitch, embroidery, reading

Favorite Pets: Toby, an orange tabby cat

Dream Vacation: I would love to take a tour of medieval castles in Europe

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Dr. Leach visits Commerce Lexington


Dr. Rice Leach spoke at a Commerce Lexington meeting Monday, June 24, to describe the role of the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department in helping businesses be more successful through healthier employees. Dr. Leach highlighted the national rise in obesity and discussed the Community Health Improvement Plan, a citywide imitative targeting obesity, unsafe neighborhoods and unemployment.

Community partners rally to improve Lexington’s health

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Representatives from various local organizations, including staff from the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department, gathered Friday, June 21, at Bryan Station High School to work on Lexington’s Community Health Improvement Plan. The group discussed past successes, ways to improve future efforts and how they can work together to address issues surrounding obesity, unsafe neighborhoods and unemployment.
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Getting to Know: Brandi Fishback

Brandi Fishback with her husband and children.

Name: Brandi Fishback

Job Title/Program: Nutrition Services Team Leader, Public Health/WIC Program

Years Worked at LFCHD: 4.5

Favorite Thing About Working at LFCHD: Being able to help improve the health of not just individuals, but the entire community; I love working side by side with Team WIC! I am truly blessed to work with the most amazing group of individuals!

Previous Job: WIC Nutrition Specialist and WIC Nutrition Coordinator

Favorite Movie: The Color Purple

Favorite Singer/Band/Musician: Depends on my mood… I enjoy India Arie, Anthony Hamilton, Charlie Wilson and Tupac Shakur

Favorite Book: Their Eyes Were Watching God

Favorite Place to Eat: Malones

Favorite Hobbies: I enjoying reading, yoga and running, but the thing that brings me true excitement is cleaning and organizing my house!

Favorite Pets: My two boxers, Ace and Zeus

Dream Vacation: Two week staycation (with no kids, dogs, or husband)! I would clean and organize my house while sipping on some margaritas!

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Wellness Expo gets media attention

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Community Health Equity and Education (CHEE) Coordinator Jessica Jackson appearanced on WTVQ, WKYT and WLEX this week to promote the June 22 Minority Family Wellness Expo at William Wells Brown Community Center (WWBCC). Jill Chenault-Wilson, director of the WWBCC, also joined Jackson on some of the programs.

In case you missed our previous post, CHEE is gearing up to host the Minority Family Wellness Expo 11 a.m.-3 p.m. this Saturday, June 22, at the WWBCC. This free event features a variety of health screenings and family activities. Screenings available include: BMI, glucose, blood pressure, diabetes foot screenings, cholesterol, hearing, vision, HIV testing, height, weight, dental checks and more. There will also be interactive demonstrations and aerobics; face painting for kids; and the inflatable colon will be on display outside of the center. Prizes, gift cards and incentives will also be available, including chances to win a bicycle and hula hoops.

CHEE also hopes to see you, and your family, at the event! By attending the expo, you can even earn 10 points toward your Worksite Wellness Incentive Plan (points will be applied to the 2013-14 cycle).

Learn more about the expo from media coverage:

Reminder: Our great partners at the Lexington Division of Parks and Recreation/William Wells Brown continue to host free exercise classes at the WWBCC 6 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday. You’re invited to join, and to help spread the word to the community!

Improving breastfeeding support services

This meeting was also an extension of the It’s Only Natural campaign, which helps African-American women and their families understand the health benefits of breastfeeding—not just for babies, but for moms too. You can learn more about the campaign by clicking here.

Did you know the health department hosts two free breastfeeding education classes each month in Lexington? Find out more information about those classes by visiting LFCHD’s website here.

Open House on National HIV Testing Day

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department’s HIV Prevention and Outreach Program invites you to a special Open House 10 am.-1 p.m. Thursday, June 27, at 805B Newtown Circle as part of National HIV Testing Day. The open house is designed to make our staff more aware of the services offered by the HIV Prevention and Outreach program, including seeing how quick and easy HIV testing can be, which should make it more convenient when sharing that information with patients/clients.

The open house will include:

  • Prizes (one raffle ticket will be given for attending and another ticket will be given to anyone who takes part in the oral swab test for HIV)
  • Refreshments
  • A chance to meet the HIV Prevention and Outreach staff and ask any questions you might have about the services

In addition, anyone who gets tested for HIV will get double the wellness points (50 points instead of the usual 25). The tests are anonymous and confidential – NO personal information is required.

For more information about the open house or about the HIV testing for the day, please email Lauren Kirk.

50 WELLNESS POINTS

A national presentation


Lindsay Pappas, Dr. Malkanthie McCormick and Andy Waters recently presented a poster at the National TB (Tuberculosis) Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. The poster represented statistics in Lexington, and Kentucky, and detailed how TB funding reductions are threatening strong TB control programs, particularly among foreign born people living with TB infections. For more information about the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department’s TB Control Program, visit our website here.

Getting to Know: Tara Simpson

Tara Simpson and her husband, Matthew, on their honeymoon in Jamaica.

Name: Tara Simpson

Job Title/Program: Disease Intervention Specialist, Targeted Prevention

Years Worked at LFCHD: Approx. 7 months

Favorite Thing About Working at LFCHD: Educating people about STDs

Previous Job: Customer service

Favorite Movie: An Officer and a Gentleman

Favorite Singer/Band/Musician: CAKE

Favorite Book: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

Favorite Place to Eat: Windy Corner Market

Favorite Hobbies: Cooking!

Favorite Pets: My goldfish, Pepe

Dream Vacation: Back to Fiji where I worked in the Peace Corps

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Tuned in to health


Commissioner of Health Dr. Rice Leach appeared on WVLK with Jack Pattie Tuesday morning, June 11, to discuss patient responsibility in regards to health. During the broadcast, Dr. Leach even received a shout-out via email from a previous colleague currently residing in Florida.

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