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Archive for the month “December, 2016”

Breeding earns Doctor in Nursing Practice degree

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department has a familiar face with a new, hard-earned title. Sandy Breeding, the Public Health Clinic team leader, graduated from Northern Kentucky University with a Doctor in Nursing Practice (DNP) degree on Dec. 17. The focus of the degree is leadership in the nursing profession through implementation of evidence-based practice that is research based.

dr-sandy-breedingBreeding’s dissertation, “Evaluating Public Health Nurses’ and Clinicians’ Self-Competency Level in the Treatment of Tuberculosis,” will soon be published online in the ProQuest Dissertation Database.

In addition to her dissertation project, Breeding completed 60 hours of classroom time and earned a 4.0 GPA. Her hard work didn’t go unrecognized: NKU Doctor of Nursing practice program faculty selected her as the Fall 2016 recipient of the DNP Practice Excellence Award. This award is given with four criteria: clinical competency and initiative of high degree; demonstrated accountability and responsibility for role transition as a DNP-prepared professional; initiative of a change in practice that enhances the practice of nursing; and excellent rapport with patients, staff, colleagues, organizations and local/state/regional entities.

Please join us as we celebrate this hard work and fantastic honor as we welcome the newly titled Dr. Sandy Breeding!

Safety Committee offers tips to avoid car break-ins

‘Tis the season … for vehicle break-ins.

The Safety Committee has 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. Keep 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 leave, not after you park
• Car thieves will watch people put their valuables in the trunk. Put them in the trunk before you leave for 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 receives “Heroes of Hope” award

We are honored to receive the first ever “Heroes of Hope” award from Kentucky CancerLink! This was awarded to us for our contributions made to their organization and to the Lexington community.


Pictured left to right: Vicki Blevins-Booth, Kentucky CancerLink Executive Director, Cristina Hiten, Business Services and Nutrition Team Leader, and Roanya Rice, Public Health Officer and Advisory Board member.

Holiday safety tips from LFCHD preparedness staff

Our preparedness team offers the following tips for safety during the holiday season:

Christmas Tree Safety

Christmas trees account for hundreds of fires each year, according to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA). Keep your holiday trees well-watered.  Dry and neglected trees can easily catch fire from a short in electrical lights or lit candles, lighters and matches.

Before your tree burns your house down, be fire smart with these USFA tips:

·   Place the tree away from heat sources and exits.

· Use only non-flammable decorations.

· Inspect lights for frayed wires or other defects before use.

·  Don’t leave lights unattended and turn off holiday lights at night. Keep natural tree stands filled with water at all times and don’t let your holiday tree dry out.

· If the tree becomes dry, discard it.

Find extra holiday, Christmas tree and fire safety information, videos, and graphics on the U.S. Fire Administration Holiday Safety page.

Holiday and Travel Safety Toolkit


Help your community prepare for the holidays with the Holiday and Travel Safety Social Media Toolkit. Find holiday safety and preparedness information and graphics you can either copy and paste directly, or customize them to reach your audience.

The main tips for holiday and travel safety include:

· Stay off the road during and after a winter storm.

· Keep candles away from flammable materials or consider using flameless candles instead.

· Keep an eye on food when cooking.

· Put a winter supply kit in your car.

· Shop securely online over the holidays.


Avoid the “Invisible Killer”

Breathe easy this winter and avoid carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.

CO is called the “Invisible Killer” because it’s a colorless, odorless, and poisonous gas. According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), more than 150 people in the United States die every year from accidental nonfire-related CO poisoning associated with consumer products, including generators. Other products include faulty, improperly-used or incorrectly-vented fuel-burning appliances such as furnaces, stoves, water heaters, and fireplaces.

Protect your family from CO poisoning with these USFA tips:

· Install and maintain CO alarms in a central location outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of your home to provide early warning of CO.

· Use portable generators outdoors in well-ventilated areas away from all doors, windows, and vents.

· Make sure vents for the dryer, furnace, stove, and fireplace are clear of snow and other debris.

Learn the symptoms of CO poisoning and other CO safety information on the USFA Carbon Monoxide Safety page.


Employee Association hosts annual Winter Event

With a photo booth, a buffet feast, prizes and even a hypnotist, Friday’s annual Winter Event proved to be an absolute hit among staff!.

Special thanks to the Employee Association for all the hard work in planning the event and making it a success:

  • Elaine Bailey
  • Coreise Burrel
  • Carol Hisle
  • Lupe Delafuente
  • Laura Foley
  • Jeanette Hart
  • Theresa Lakin
  • Laura Martinez
  • Christy Nentwick
  • Christina Perrson
  • Bailey Preston
  • Roanya Rice
  • Sharon Robinson
  • Cory Rutledge
  • Abbigail Sargent
  • Tara Mason
  • Mia Williams
  • Rebecca Young

Be sure to click on a picture below to see a larger image!


It’s National Influenza Vaccination Week!

We’re celebrating National Influenza Vaccination Week by encouraging all of Lexington to get a flu shot to protect their entire family!


LFCHD recognizes World AIDS Day

Employees marked World AIDS Day by wearing red ribbons and reminding the community about free, confidential testing.  To learn more about our HIV program, be sure to check out our website.

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