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LFCHD Employee Newsletter

Recognitions abound

Recently, Lexington-Fayette County Health Department staff and members of its Board of Health have received several special recognitions and awards for promoting public health in the community. Please take a moment to click through and see how your colleagues are continuing to help Lexington be well.

Dr. Rice Leach received a special recognition from the Rotary Club of Lexington on June 26 for his involvement with the Club and the Dancing with Lexington Stars fundraiser. Dr. Leach is pictured with his granddaughter Alyse, who is visiting from Hawaii. Leach was presented with a plaque that read: In Grateful Recognition of Your Service and Commitment to our Club and the Ideas of Rotary WORKHORSE AWARD.

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The Employee Wellness Committee recently gathered to celebrate receiving two very special worksite wellness awards.

For the second year in a row, the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department received the Bluegrass Wellness at Work Healthiest Places to Work Platinum Award. Organizations awarded at this level are engaged in at least four worksite wellness initiatives in various categories (physical fitness, culture, health, and nutrition), and are recognized as the very best of the best. Innovation may also receive special recognition (LFCHD was noted for incentives offered to employees, including time off, the option to redeem wellness points for several gift cards and the ability to receive discounts on utility bills).

The Wellness Committee also received special recognition for the success of its program from the Worksite Wellness Council of Louisville, a partner of the Louisville Mayor’s Healthy Hometown, at its annual meeting. The Employee Wellness Committee would like to extend a special thank you to all employees who participate in the program. The success of the program would not be possible without your participation.

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The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department recently received word that it became one of the first public health departments in the country to receive national accreditation from the Public Health Accreditation Board.

The national accreditation program began in 2013 to improve consistency and quality among more than 3,000 state and local public health departments. LFCHD is one of a select group of five Kentucky health departments and 44 across the nation to be accredited to date. Congratulations, team!

Sandy Cannon was honored at the June Board of Health meeting for her service to the Board, and for her dedication to championing public health in the community. Cannon completed her term on the Board of Health effective June 30, 2014.

Lexington-Fayette County Health Department Board of Health Member Kacy Allen-Bryant was recently inducted into the University of Kentucky Chapter of the Delta Omega Public Health Honorary Society.

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