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Archive for the month “October, 2016”

Halloween safety tips

Is your family ready to trick or treat? From costumes to candles, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) offers guidelines to ensure your family has a howling good time

While choosing a costume for your child can be fun, it’s important to choose wisely. Look for “flame resistant” costumes that are brightly colored or trimmed with reflective tape to make them more visible to motorists. Trick-or-treat bags should also be brightly colored or decorated with reflective tape.

The CPSC also encourages parents and caregivers to:

  • Use flameless candles for jack-o’-lanterns and other decorations.
  • Only use decorative light strands (indoors or outdoors). Be sure a recognized testing laboratory has tested your decorative lights. You can find this information on the packaging.

According to the U.S Fire Administration (USFA), an estimated 10,300 fires were reported to fire departments over a three-day period around Halloween between 2011 and 2013. Stay safe with additional information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Halloween Safety page or this USFA Halloween Safety video.

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This information was provided by FEMA and Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, Dan Satterfield.

Welcome new employees!

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

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Pam Redman
Nurse Specialist (School Health)

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Tracey Lewis
Nurse Specialist (School Health)

2016 Chili Master crowned

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 Chris Washintgton’s “Down South Sizzle.” Katrina Howard’s “White Chicken Chili” finished second.

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Congratulations to the winners!

Hosted by the Employee Association, the event gave employees the chance to enjoy some chili, chat with each other, and participate in a cupcake walk.

Employees also had a chance to enter into various raffles. The winners were:
• Wear Jeans to Work: Cristina Hiten
• Wear Jeans to Work: Bailey Preston
• Ale 8 One gift basket: Liz Pfeffer

Be a part of LFCHD quality improvement

Congratulations! You have been selected to participate in an important endeavor. At the next Quality Improvement (QI) Steering Committee meeting, the team will work to identify potential quality improvement projects for 2017. The team is searching for insight and needs your help! Please contact Jeanette Hart at jeanettea.hart@ky.gov by COB on November 1 with any project ideas.

What kind of projects you might ask? How about a process that significantly delays your team? Maybe there is a process that works okay, but you have an idea of how it could work even better and improve efficiency. Or possibly, there is something that you really wish we could improve agency-wide. Please make all submissions fact-focused. Help the committee understand the potential issues and give suggestions for improvement. No idea is a bad idea! Your participation and contributions are greatly appreciated. If anyone has questions please feel free to contact Jeanette or Katrina.

LFCHD presents needle-exchange information in Powell County

Communications Officer Kevin Hall recently visited his hometown of Stanton to provide needle-exchange program information to the Powell County Board of Health and Stanton City Council.

Both agencies, along with the Powell County Fiscal Court, unanimously approved a needle-exchange program in Stanton! The Powell County Health Department plans on opening its program in early 2017.

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Wellness hosts health fair

The Wellness Committee recently hosted a health fair for employees, giving them a chance to check out healthy products from a variety of vendors, including a free 5-minute massage!

Staff retreat a hit among clinic, WIC, communicable disease teams

Public Health Clinic, WIC and Communicable Disease employees recently participated in a retreat designed to help each section learn about the other as they continue transitioning to one group: Communicable Disease and Clinical Services. Jill Keys serves as the manager of this section.

Employees played “get to know you” games and held a brainstorming session on how they could work more efficiently and effectively as a team. Compliance & Projects Officer Katrina Howard presented about strategic planning and why it’s important for the department. Staff also put together a puzzle to show how everyone plays a part.

The event received very positive response from the participants. More information about the transition will follow in the coming days, so be sure to watch for updates in your email and/or Healthy Times!

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