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Archive for the month “October, 2015”

EH not horsing around at Breeders’ Cup

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Months of planning paid off this week as our Environmental Health crews spent the week inspecting food vendors in town for the Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland. Staff spent evenings working events downtown, while the latter part of the week was spent at the racetrack.

To learn more, be sure to check out this report on WKYT.

EA serves up a chili day

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The competition was fierce, but in the end only one person could go home with the crown

After staff tasted the multiple batches of chili, they cast their vote for the best, and the winner was Roanya Rice’s “Homestyle Chili.” Kevin Gabhart’s “Venison Red” finished second.
Hosted by the Employee Association, the event gave employees the chance to wear Halloween costumes, enjoy some chili and chat with each other while playing games, ranging from a ring toss to a cupcake walk.

Employees also had a chance to get their blood pressure checked, as well as enter into various raffles. The winners were:
• Wear Jeans to Work: Pam Hopkins
• Wear Jeans to Work: Estephany Romero
• Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader gift basket: Cristina Persson
• Mary Kay lotion and gloves: Katrina Howard
• Mary Kay gift basket: Roanya Rice
• Training session: Trenna Vandergrift

Health inspectors working Breeders’ Cup

Our Environmental Health inspectors have a busy week ahead as months of planning are culminating with this week’s Breeders’ Cup events in Lexington.

You’ll see them downtown every night inspecting the food vendors at the special festivities, and later in the week they’ll be at Keeneland for the Breeders’ Cup. We encouraged Lexington media outlets to report on how our crews are keeping Lexington and its guests safe, and WKYT aired the first report.

You can watch it here: Breeders’ Cup brings busy week for health inspectors.

LFCHD earns kudos for flu shots


The following letter was sent to Carla Basanta and Lois Davis for their efforts with a flu shot clinic at St. Luke United Methodist Church!

The St. Luke Health team thanks you once again for bringing the flu immunizations to our annual Health Expo. Each year, the members look forward to your team of experts. In fact, the word continues to spread that your nurses give the best shots in town!!!

Carla, thank you for all you did in planning to make it a success, and Lois, it was truly special to have you with us for most of the evening. The event proved to be very successful. Just a side note, one of our members with the assistance of a nurse on our team discovered a breast lump. She mentioned that it felt similar to the one on the model we had displayed. Fortunately, the nurse referred her for an immediate follow-up. So, in addition to your immunizations, our health expo has been successful for various screenings over the years, and this is another example.

Please convey our thanks to all from the Health Department who participated. We look forward to seeing each of you next year!

Shot night in the spotlight: free flu vaccine clinic getting exposure

As we prepare for Thursday’s annual free flu shot clinic, a major promotional push has been happening throughout October.

A special thanks to Liz Pfeffer, Jill Keys and Laura Collins for joining Bailey Preston and Kevin Hall on various TV and radio interviews!

Here are a few of the reports:
WKYT (news report)
WKYT (12:30 p.m. interview)

Interviews conducted by Lexington Community Radio and 106.3 FM were not available.

Additionally, the health department mounted a strong social media push. As of 9 a.m. Wednesday, the two Facebook ads had been seen by 21,857 people and shared 264 times. They also received kudos from Lexington Mayor Jim Gray.

mayor comment (flu)

Welcome new employees!

Please take a moment to welcome the newest employees of the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department.

Katrina Howard
Katrina A. Howard,
Officer Compliance/Projects

Safety Committee wants you to STOP!

Safety Committee and stop sign

Members of the Safety Committee are helping draw attention to the new stop sign in the employee parking lot. Be sure to watch for the two-way stop (incoming traffic from Loudon Avenue will not be required to stop) as you exit the parking lot! Pictured are Doraine Bailey, Rebekah Shoopman, Carla Basanta, Estephany Romero, Tara Mason, Sara Gabbard and Karen Cecil.

Welcome new employees!

Please take a moment to welcome the newest employees of the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department.

Ollivia Woods
Ollivia B. Woods
LPN, School Health

Flu shots now available in Public Health Clinic


We gave our first flu shot of the season in the Public Health Clinic earlier this morning!

We’re giving flu shots 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Thursday starting Oct. 1 in clinic.

No appointment is necessary, and the cost for a flu shot is $30. Medicaid/Medicare, cash, checks, credit cards and some insurances are accepted. Note: LFCHD staff and their immediate family members living in the household can get a free flu shot in the clinic.

The seasonal flu shot is recommended to all people ages 6 months and older. Last year, Lexington had 179 confirmed cases of the flu. The health department provided 2,198 flu vaccinations throughout the season.

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