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LFCHD Employee Newsletter

Archive for the month “November, 2015”

‘Thankful’ tree on display

Thankful tree

At last week’s Thanksgiving luncheon, the Employee Association asked staff to write down things they’re thankful for on a small note card. Those cards have been put on a special tree that’s now on display in the break room on the third floor. Be sure to read over your co-workers’ comments when you’re in the area.

Actor’s announcement prompts media interviews about HIV testing

Actor Charlie Sheen announced Tuesday morning he is HIV-positive, and we used his message as an opportunity to remind people about the importance of getting tested (and our free testing services). In a series of Facebook and Twitter posts, along with interviews with WKYT, WLEX, WTVQ and WEKU (links below, minus WLEX which wasn’t available), Lynnsey McGarrh and Kevin Hall reminded the community we offer FREE, confidential walk-in HIV testing 1:30-4 p.m. Monday and Friday at 650 Newtown Pike. The free tests take 15-20 minutes, and we offer counseling services for those who need it.


EA hosts annual Thanksgiving luncheon

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Employees feasted on turkey and all the trimmings Wednesday during the annual Thanksgiving luncheon hosted by the Employee Association.

This year’s event also featured a charity drive for two organizations: the Salvation Army and the HANDS program. In total, we collected 506 total items, ranging from canned goods to baby wipes! Thanks to all who participated!

The winner of the free pizza party is the Administration, Accounting, Billing and MIS Department with 166 items donated.

We also held a random drawing afterwards for eight LFCHD tumblers filled with candy. Please come to my desk (4th Floor CHEE) for your prize.
• Sara Blankenship
• Suzette Ngondy
• Cristina Hiten
• Elayne Hollinger
• Teresa McCarty
• Roanya Rice
• Rebecca Young
• Megan Hofmeister

Safety Committee offers tips to avoid car break-ins

Due to several incident reports involving LFCHD employee’s vehicles being broken into at fitness facilities (outside of work time), we have compiled a list below to prevent vehicle break-ins. Your Sonitrol badge should also be stored safely and not in your vehicle.

Top 5 Tips to Prevent Vehicle Break-Ins
1. Lock your doors
• 25 percent of car thefts are from unlocked vehicles.
2. it clean
• Empty shopping bags can be seen as valuable. Don’t keep extra bags or other objects in sight.
3. Conceal all evidence
• Hide all evidence of electronics, even car chargers for cell phones.
4. Stash before you park, not after
• Car thieves will watch people put their valuables in the trunk. Put them in the trunk before you leave your destination.
5. Park for visibility
• Aim for a high visibility area around lights and other vehicles. Avoid concealment from oversized vehicles, fences or trees.


LFCHD honors its veterans

On this Veterans Day, we salute the veterans who currently work here at LFCHD. Thank you for your service and for continuing to help the community through your work in Public Health: Elaine Bailey (Army Reserves) Skip Castleman (Navy), Ralph McCracken (Army), Julie Moon (Army), Dan Satterfield (Coast Guard) and Dr. Rice Leach (Commissioned Officer in the United States Public Health Service).

We also honor the many employees who have family members who are veterans. The list is too many to name individually, so we offer a collective (and sincere) thank you.

Note: if anyone was inadvertently left off this list, please contact your supervisor to let us know!

Images from annual free flu shot event

Photographer Matt Goins provided several excellent images from this year’s free flu shot event, held Oct. 22 at Consolidated Baptist Church. Be sure to click on an image to see a larger version!

Welcome new employees!

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

Damian Dishman
Damian R. Dishman
Health Educator PSI – Intern (CHEE)

WIC grant to expand access to Farmers’ Market


Three Lexington-Fayette County Health Department Women, Infants and Children (WIC) employees helped the department receive a grant to increase Lexington mothers’ access to farmers’ markets for fresh fruits and vegetables for their family.

Stephanie Anklan, Alyson Layne-Davidson and Rebekah Shoopman wrote the grant, which provides $3,000 to be used for increasing healthy eating opportunities for WIC clients. This will include bus tokens for transportation for WIC clients to and from the Lexington Farmers’ Market, taste-testing of Kentucky-grown fruits and vegetables and many more initiatives to come.

WIC is a supplemental program that provides nutrition education and healthy foods to women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or have given birth in the last six months; infants up to 12 months and children up to 5 years of age.

Welcome new employees!

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

Jason Foley
Jason Foley
Coordinator IT (Administration)

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