Healthy Times

LFCHD Employee Newsletter

Archive for the month “May, 2016”

Hamburgers and hula hoops: 2016 EA picnic a success!

The Employee Association hosted another fantastic picnic, with LFCHD staff enjoying food, games and prizes Friday in the rear parking lot.

The following won prizes:

Bowling: Jaime Lundblad

Mega Cavern Tickets: Ada Hidalgo, Teresa Lakin, Betty Commodore, Kelli Gould, Sandra Breeding and Debbie Kerns.

 

Welcome new employees!

Please take a moment to welcome the newest employees of the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department.
Coreise Burrel
Coreise J. Burrel
Receptionist/Switchboard Operator

Hall delivers commencement speech at hometown’s high school

Speech 2

Communications Officer Kevin Hall delivered the commencement speech at Powell County High School’s graduation held Sunday in Stanton, Ky. Hall is a 1993 graduate of the high school and has a nephew in the Class of 2016.

The speech was entitled This is Important (but I Know You’re Not Listening).

Speech 1

LFCHD takes part in regional preparedness showcase

The Region 15 Healthcare Coalition sponsored a MASH Showcase event as part of its annual disaster preparedness planning.

Part of the event featured an Ebola/infectious disease transport demonstration, featuring Hazmat suits, proper loading of a potentially infected person in an ambulance and decontamination efforts. There were also active demonstrations of evacuation sleds and much more.

LFCHD Preparedness Coordinator Dan Satterfield played an instrumental role in the planning of the successful event.

Moon offers tips to gain wellness challenge points!

There are plenty of ways you can participate in the Bluegrass Wellness at Work Challenge; just take it from last year’s agency winner, Julie Moon!

“I tried to find inventive ways to collect points,” she said. “At hjulie.jpgome, I remained as active as possible. You would be surprised at how many things that you can do around the house to remain active.”

Julie, who won a Fitbit for having the most total points in the challenge, offers these helpful hints to increase your daily points:

  • Walking during 15 minute breaks
  • Walking during lunch
  • Yardwork/gardening
  • Walking the dog
  • Gym membership
  • House work
  • Home Repair – active
  • Painting
  • Running
  • Swimming
  • Walking at the Arboretum
  • Games – Badminton
  • Hiking
  • Vacuuming

Wellness email

School health nurses receive note of thanks

school nurse

May 11 was School Health Nurses Day, and our staff received a note of thanks from Fayette County Public Schools.

“Please pass on to your staff how much we appreciate everything they do. Not only do they deal with all the sick, icky, stuff – the underbelly of school, they do it with a smile on their faces and a song in their hearts (we don’t judge the lyrics). I have seen and heard amazing things and I stand in awe of their professionalism and their dedication. It is tempting for folks to get caught up on the ‘you only work nine months out of the year’ and totally miss that every day has 12 days packed in.

“So thank you all for wiping the tears, bandaging the cuts and bruises, locating the lice and bedbugs, holding a child’s head while they vomit, taking the temperatures, dispensing the medications, counting the carbs, working on field trips, counseling teenagers, dealing with parents and… One day does not contain the appreciation and admiration we feel for all you do.

“On behalf of Fayette County Public Schools – Happy School Nurse Day!!!!”

Staff attends “Fight the Bite” campaign launch

Skip Castleman, Bailey Preston, and Dan Satterfield attended the Department for Public Health’s (DPH) Zika prevention event on May 9 in Frankfort. DPH launched its “Fight the Bite Day and Night” campaign with a press conference discussing the state’s plans to respond to Zika in Kentucky. They emphasized measures to prevent mosquito bites and control the mosquito population locally. DPH and the Department of Agriculture are working together to respond to mosquito control issues.

Three stations were set up to focus on various topics related to Zika prevention. The stations included information on Kentucky’s mosquito population; public mosquito control efforts; addressing standing water issues and removing mosquito breeding grounds around the home; and personal protective measures like insect repellent and appropriate clothing. The event also introduced “Marty Mosquito,” public health’s mascot for Zika prevention and awareness. You can follow her on Instagram at @martymosquito.

More information about Zika can be obtained from the DPH Health Alerts website at http://healthalerts.ky.gov/Pages/Zika.aspx.

Important facts about Zika:

  • Women who are pregnant should not travel to areas with Zika. Pregnant women who must travel to one of these areas for business or family emergencies should talk to their doctor or other healthcare professional first and strictly follow steps to avoid mosquito bites.
  • Women trying to become pregnant should consult with their healthcare professional before traveling to these areas and strictly follow steps to avoid mosquito bites during the trip.
  • Pregnant women should avoid sexual contact with any man who has recently returned from areas with Zika transmission or consistently and correctly use condoms with each sexual encounter for the duration of the pregnancy.
  • Men who develop symptoms during or after travel to Zika-affected areas should wear condoms for six months or consider abstaining from sexual activity.
  • Men who travel to a Zika-affected area and do not develop any symptoms within two weeks of travel should wear condoms for 8 weeks after departure from Zika-affected area. The duration of Zika virus being present in semen after infection is not presently known.

Additional facts and information specifically related to Zika virus can be found online at http://www.cdc.gov/zika/index.html.

LFCHD holds annual rabies clinic

IMG_1134

Our Environmental Health team gave 313 rabies shots last Thursday as part of its annual low-cost clinic for the community. The event was held 6-9 p.m. at Douglass Park.

State law requires that all dogs, cats and ferrets maintain a current rabies vaccination. The LFCHD Rabies Control Program received 766 animal bite reports last year, with LFCHD staff making sure each animal was up to date on all rabies vaccination shots.

The clinic also provided pet owners with the opportunity to purchase an animal license, which costs $8 if the animal has been spayed or neutered. A license costs $40 if the animal has not been fixed or the owner has no proof of alteration. Lexington-Fayette Animal Care and Control, the Lexington Humane Society and the Lexington-Fayette County Division of Parks and Recreation Department also sponsored the clinic.

IMG_1135

Happy National Nurses Day 2016!

2016 nurses week
Take a moment to join us and help celebrate National Nurses Week 2016. This year’s theme is “Culture of Safety. It begins with YOU.”

Annually, National Nurses Week begins on May 6, marked as Registered Nurse (RN) Recognition Day, and ends on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of nursing as a modern profession. The American Nurses Association encourages all RNs to participate in recognition activities and to educate the public about the nursing profession and its role in their lives.

Please join us in recognizing the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department’s public health nurses:
Carla Basanta
Eloise Beebout
Sara Nicole Blankenship
Patti Boggs
Sandy Breeding
Jaleen Cagle
Stephanie Carpenter
Erin Claypool
Holly Clendenin
Laura Collins
Anne Copple
Lois Davis
Bonnie Dawson
Kristen Dostart
Tamura Dungan
Dianne Evans
Heather Fugate
Jacqueline Graves
Kimberly Harris
Carol Hisle
Susan Honican
Diana Ishmael
Carol Jung
Cynthia Kahlo
Cheryl Kelly
Jayne Kendle
Debbie Kerns
Jill Keys
Catherine Lowe
Wanda Martin
Cathy Maxwell
Nicole Marie May
Terry Mehok
Lesley Moore
May Moustafa
Erin Perry
Elizabeth Pfeffer
Jerri Prince
Laura Proctor
Barbara Quam
Susan Reemelin
Roanya Rice
Debra Rickerd
Moni Shields
Lee Ann Street
Ann Thompson
Heather Toews
Janet Turner
Deanna Sue VanBussum
Trenna Vandergrift
Kimi Vaughn
Anna Wasilkowski
Teresa Wood
Ollivia Woods
Barbara Hargis
Cheryl Green
Janis Wellinghurst
Melinda Rickle
Rebecca Coombs

To learn more about Nurses Week, click here.

New CEU opportunity for staff

Human Trafficking flyer.jpg

Post Navigation