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LFCHD Employee Newsletter

Archive for the month “August, 2013”

The Wellness Corner: What Lowe is listening to

Catherine Lowe, Community Health Equity & Education, Child Care Health Consultation, shares what she listens to on her iPhone as she participates in wellness activities. Check out what Lowe is listening to below:

Have a wellness story you’d like to share on Healthy Times? Here’s examples of things you may want to share: a favorite healthy recipe (take pictures of the recipe at various stages and include with your directions/ingredients); a favorite music playlist you use when exercising (take a picture using your music device and include with names of songs and/or artists on your playlist); health milestones you achieve as a result of wellness activities; and invitations to community wellness events. Get creative and have fun with the stories you share! Send your stories to Greg Hiles.

If you’ve missed out on previous wellness stories shared by your peers, view the archives by looking for the “Categories” drop-down menu at the top right of Healthy Times and choose “Wellness.”

Public Health Clinic welcomes new addition

The Public Health Clinic is excited to introduce its newest addition to the clinic, the Women’s Health Kiosk.

While partnering with St. Andrew Development, Inc. the Kentucky Commission On Women has installed a Women’s Health kiosk in the Public Health Clinic lobby near the registration/check-out area. The Commission has initiated this program to better serve the needs of the women in Kentucky by supplying them with information and resources vital to living healthy lives while helping the Commission gain better information about this population in hopes to better serve their health care needs. This self-guided kiosk, complete with touch screen capabilities, offers information on a wide variety of topics including heart disease, breast cancer, domestic violence, depression and more.

A special feature of this kiosk includes a telephone receiver and the ability for anyone to call and speak to a live person directly from the kiosk for further information on mental health, cancer and domestic health services, as well as the ability to schedule a PAP/mammogram appointment. This is the eighth kiosk the Kentucky Commission On Women has installed across the Commonwealth.

The Public Health Clinic team is excited about this new, innovative opportunity to help the women in our community live healthier lives, and invites you to stop by and check out the kiosk when you have a chance!

The WPCC needs your voice to help boost survey participation

The Public Health Workplace Climate Committee (WPCC) would like to remind Public Health employees that the last day to complete the Employee Satisfaction and Engagement Survey is Friday, August 23.

Want to be entered in a drawing to win a $20 gift card? If so, we still have a ways to go. Currently, we only have a 65 percent participation return rate on the survey. Ask your co-workers if they’ve filled out the survey. If they haven’t, encourage them to do so. Remind them that the survey is being conducted by a third-party administrator (SHRM), so individual responses are not available to the health department. This process ensures confidentiality and anonymous participation. While taking the survey, you’ll be asked demographic information (such as gender, length of service, etc.), but that information is not tied to individual responses and is not presented to LFCHD with the survey results.

Remember, gift cards in the amount of $20 will be raffled at random if we meet the following completion rates:

  • 75% – One gift card
  • 85% – Three gift cards
  • 95% – Five gift cards
  • 100% – Ten gift cards

An initial email with the survey link was sent via SHRM on Monday, Aug. 12. If you accidentally deleted the email with the link, don’t worry! You will soon receive another email reminder from SHRM or SHRM Research with a link to the survey. Please take about 15 minutes to complete the survey, which you can complete on work time.

The Wellness Corner: Part Four

Check out what employees are saying about year one of the Employee Wellness Committee’s comprehensive Worksite Wellness Incentive Plan, and how it has made a difference in their day-to-day lives.

Have a wellness story you’d like to share on Healthy Times? Here’s examples of things you may want to share: a favorite healthy recipe (take pictures of the recipe at various stages and include with your directions/ingredients); a favorite music playlist you use when exercising (take a picture using your music device and include with names of songs and/or artists on your playlist); health milestones you achieve as a result of wellness activities; and invitations to community wellness events. Get creative and have fun with the stories you share! Send your stories to Greg Hiles.

Missed the stories we’ve shared so far? Click here, here and here.

Getting to Know: Jessica Jackson

Name: Jessica Jackson

Job Title & Program: Community Health Equity and Education Team Leader

Years Worked at LFCHD: 7

Favorite Thing About Working at LFCHD: Working with the community

Previous Job: Teen Center coordinator

Favorite Movie: Coming to America

Favorite Singer/Band/Musician: Mary J. Blige

Favorite Book: Things Fall Apart

Favorite Place to Eat: McDonalds

Favorite Hobbies: Decorating, Shopping, Party Planning

Favorite Pets: jack russells

Dream Vacation: Paris, France

Want your fellow employees to get to know you better? Visit the Know Your Co-Worker post, fill out the form, choose “submit” and your feature will appear in a future edition of Healthy Times (Please note: If you have recently filled out a Know Your Co-Worker form but haven’t seen it appear on Healthy Times yet, please contact Greg Hiles.)

Save the date: Public Health Employee Picnic is August 27

Get the word out about upcoming community classes

The Community Health Equity and Education (CHEE) team has just announced several new community classes and series for late summer and early fall. See the images below to learn about all the opportunities that may be of interest to someone you know. Did you know that you can also earn wellness points for attending some of these classes yourself? Check out the wellness point system on the Intranet to find out how many points you may be able to earn.

You can also help us get the word out about these events by finding LFCHD on Facebook and Twitter. Simply share any posts and messages we send about these classes. Or you can save these JPEGs yourself and post directly to your personal pages. You can also request print copies of these flyers by contacting Greg Hiles (try posting some flyers at apartment or community bulletin boards, take to your church or share with your neighborhood association). Thanks in advance for your help letting the community know about these wonderful opportunities.

(Click on any of the images above to view larger versions of each flyer)

Click here to get a comprehensive list of community events and classes taking place in August.

Introducing: Your Workplace Climate Committee

We would like to take this opportunity to introduce to you, your Workplace Climate Committee!

The Workplace Climate Committee (WPCC) was formed for the purpose of assessing employee morale, sharing employee concerns and ideas, observing patterns and making for a happier workplace that empowers staff through skills, abilities and knowledge. We strive to encourage all corners of the agency to engage in discussion and inspiration of new ideas in an effort to steer our Public Health team in a positive direction. Increased employee satisfaction has proven to result in a happier staff, greater work efficiency and quality, lower health-related costs, reduced workforce turnover and more smiles 🙂

The WPCC team includes:
Jeanette Alvarez (Chair)
Nathan Powell
Michelle Donaghy
Andy Waters
Jason Taylor

We are all excited to be a part of this team and look forward to the opportunities that lie ahead in developing strategies to help us all enjoy our time spent here at LFCHD.

Sincerely,
Your Workplace Climate Committee Team

P.S. – Keep an eye on your email for soon-to-be-made announcements from the WPCC Team!

Welcome new employees

Please take a moment to welcome the newest employees of the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department and HealthFirst Bluegrass.
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Ordonez expecting baby girl


The WIC (Women, Infants & Children) team held a baby shower for Glendy Ordonez, WIC clerk, July 23. Ordonez will welcome her first child, a baby girl named Genessa, in September. The team played a series of games at the shower, including seeing who could drink pop from a bottle in the shortest amount of time and using toilet paper to guess the circumference of Glendy’s baby bump. Congratulations, Glendy!

Update: Glendy delivered her baby last weekend, and both mother and daughter are doing great!

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