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Archive for the month “August, 2014”

National Breastfeeding Month outreach

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As part of National Breastfeeding Month (August), International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) Doraine Bailey attended the Woodland Art Fair and the Babies R Us Happy Bonding event to present breastfeeding education displays, distribute informational materials and set up a Rock and Relax area for mothers.

Learn more about the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department’s Breastfeeding Support Services Program by clicking here. You can also learn about the free Breastfeeding Basics class series for expecting families by clicking here.

Upcoming community events and programs

Thank you for taking the time to review and share information about these wonderful opportunities happening in our community over the upcoming weeks. Remember, it’s easy to share this information! If you would like copies of any of these promotions to share at upcoming events, or with your local neighborhood association, apartment complex, church or stores, request copies from Greg Hiles via email (in your request, please indicate how many copies you would like). You can also keep an eye on the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department’s Facebook and Twitter pages and share our messages as they appear.

Click thru to learn more about the William Wells Brown Family Wellness Expo/Walkathon/Weight Loss Challenge Kickoff; upcoming dates for the Living Well with Diabetes series and a Cooper-Clayton smoking cessation class; information about the Partners for Youth School Year I DO Program List; and events supporting a school wellness policy, International Overdose Awareness Day, colon cancer awareness and more.
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LFCHD: Nationally accredited since 2014

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Prior to the Aug. 11 Board of Health meeting, board members, staff, community partners and friends gathered to celebrate the Lexington-Fayette County Health Departmnet’s (LFCHD) recent accreditation from the Public Health Accreditation Board. An official accreditation plaque was unveiled, recognizing the LFCHD for meeting the national standards of public health department performance.

The health department was also excited to welcome Kentucky Commissioner of Health Dr. Stephanie Mayfield Gibson and Lexington Mayor Jim Gray at the celebration. The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department: Helping Lexington be well since 1904. Nationally accredited since 2014.


Be on the lookout for the poster (above) to pop up at your worksite soon! If you’d like your own copy of an 11″x17″ version of the poster to place in your work area, please contact Greg Hiles (ext. 2358) or Kevin Hall (ext. 2384).

Public Health night at the Legends is a grand slam

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The Public Health Employee Association invited employees to a night with the Lexington Legends at Whitaker Bank Ballpark Saturday, Aug. 9. Employees received a free ticket to the Legends game upon request and had the option to purchase additional tickets for friends and family. During the game, Commissioner of Health Dr. Rice Leach welcomed the crowd and completed a radio interview to let the community know how the department has been helping Lexington be well since 1904. Several employees were also on-hand to pass out nearly 300 promotional fans and information about various public health programs.

Did you snap a picture at the game that we’ve missed in the slideshow above? If so, please send via email to Greg Hiles at your convenience.

Senator Thomas visits health department

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Senator Reggie Thomas visited the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department on Aug. 6 to learn more about how the department has been helping Lexington be well since 1904.

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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And we’re live

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Several Lexington-Fayette County Health Department (LFCHD) staff had an opportunity to showcase the various ways the department helps Lexington be well by sharing a variety of public health messages with local media outlets this week.

It’s been a busy week for public health talk. On Monday, Dr. Rice Leach and Jennifer Wyatt dropped by WKYT to get the word out about what becoming a nationally accredited health department means to the LFCHD internally, and how the designation benefits the community.

Also, as Ebola continues to gain national coverage, an opportunity existed to let the local community know the facts about the disease. Kevin Hall helped educate the community about the virus by completing a series of interviews with WKYT, WTVQ, KyForward.com and WEKU; Jessica Cobb also talked Ebola awareness by calling in to WVLK’s Live with Lee Cruse.

In addition, as Fayette County students prepare to head back-to-school, it was time to get the word out about the importance of childhood immunizations. So, Lois Davis, Sandy Breeding and Jill Keys talked with WTVQ, WLEX and the Herald-Leader about the special immunization clinics the Public Health Clinic is offering to help parents beat the back-to-school vaccination rush.

Clips and coverage of this week’s public health messages can be found on Twitter @LFCHD.

Community resources and upcoming events

Thank you for taking the time to review and share information about these wonderful opportunities happening in our community over the upcoming weeks. Remember, it’s easy to share this information! If you would like copies of any of these promotions to share at upcoming events, or with your local neighborhood association, apartment complex, church or stores, request copies from Greg Hiles (in your request, please indicate how many copies you would like). You can also keep an eye on the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department’s Facebook and Twitter pages and share our messages as they appear.

Click thru to learn about events that support International Overdose Awareness Day, National Breastfeeding Month, breast and colon cancer awareness and more.
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Public health goes to school


Elayne Hollinger, senior health educator, works closely with young students at various Fayette County schools through her involvement with the Postponing Sexual Involvement (PSI) and Reducing the Risk (RTR) programs.

Community Health Equity and Education (CHEE) Team Member Elayne Hollinger spent the summer teaching more than 160 girls, ages nine through 15, a variety of abstinence education classes at William Wells Brown, Lexington Traditional Magnet School (LTMS) and within other segments of the community. Classes covered topics like puberty, hygiene, peer pressure, assertive ways to effectively say no to negative pressures, self-esteem and an introduction to sexually transmitted infections.

For more information about the PSI and RTR programs, click here.

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