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Understanding values at LFCHD

The following is from Katrina Howard, Compliance & Projects officer:

In a previous email we talked about the mission and vision of LFCHD.  Now, we are going to transition to values.  In order for us to have an understanding of values and why we have them I feel it is important for everyone to understand why the health department exists and what values are.

Why does the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department exist?

  • We exist so that we can work every day to strengthen the community by preventing illness and improving the health and well-being of its residents.
  • What is our purpose?
    • To prevent the start of disease and the spread of disease when it does occur.
    • To promote health communities through the promotion of better health and assuring access to quality health care service
    • To protect the community’s health and economic vitality through public health policy, such as the smoking laws, and community partnerships, such as LEX-CHIP.

What are values?

  • These are deeply ingrained principles that guide not only our standard of conduct, but guide our actions and set the foundation of our culture. They are what we use as a filter to ensure we are meeting our mission and striving towards our vision when making decisions for the community and agency.

 

Why do we have values in addition to our mission and vision? 

  • We use values to guide our priorities as a health departments and everything that we do within the health department. Our values guide every decision, from how we treat patients to how we work with each other.

Can you guess what organization the values below belong to?

 

Reach

Learn

Di-bear-sity

Colla-bear-ate

Give

Cele-bear-ate

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Did you guess Build-A-Bear?  If you did, you are correct!  Through their values they believe that the possibilities are endless and that you can REACH for the stars; That you should maximize your potential, LEARN from mistakes, and consider different angles; they embrace the value of DI-BEAR-SITY (diversity) at their company; they believe that their staff should COLLA-BEAR-ATE (collaborate); and that you should always GIVE a helping paw to fellow bears and to the community and CELE-BEAR-ATE (celebrate) successes of both teams and individuals.

 

I hope this got the wheels turning as you think about what values you think best fit LFCHD.  But, hold on to those thoughts!  Write them down!  There is still more to come in the next week.  Do you think you can figure out my next value challenge? Have a great day!

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