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Archive for the month “June, 2017”

LFCHD shows Pride!

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department again had a strong presence at the annual Lexington Pride Festival. This year’s event was held Saturday, June 24, in downtown Lexington, and our employees staffed a booth to distribute condoms, safe sex information, health education and more!

The following worked the booth Saturday: Michael Burgess, Jessica Cobb, Dr. Kraig Humbaugh, Lynnsey McGarrh, Julie Moon, John Moses and Marressa Starks-Baker.

Be sure to check out our Facebook Live broadcast: LFCHD at Pride!

Sara Gabbard selected as Sullivan Lexington’s “Alum of the Month”

Congratulations to Sara Gabbard, Human Resource Generalist! She was selected as Sullivan Lexington’s June “Alum of the Month”! Read Sullivan’s write-up about Sara below to find out more:

Pic for Sullivan Alum June 2017

“Being chosen is an honor; not only on a personal level, but also as a Fayette County community partner,” said Sara of being selected as Alum of the Month. Having graduated with her Executive Masters of Business Administration, the program “fell at an opportune time” and she knew this level of education would set her apart from others. The program was a good fit for her due to the flexibility of online learning, so she could work toward her degree without negatively impacting her job.

Sara currently works for the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department in Human Resources. She handles many aspects of HR, including recruiting, Workers’ Compensation, FMLA, training, and employee relations. “Human Resources has evolved to become more of a strategic role in today’s business.” She is “in the business of people every day, whether it be an internal or external customer.”

Her favorite thing about Sullivan, and specifically the EMBA program, is the “invaluable knowledge gained from others in class.” She stays connected and participates in Sullivan’s mock interviews with current students. “It is encouraging to know that Sullivan University is still turning out graduates who are eager to join the work force for his/her first time or venture an entirely new career path.” Sara finds her career at Lexington-Fayette County Health Department very fulfilling, and she is “looking forward to helping them move into the next phase, which is helping find the balance between [their] millennial population and the baby boomer generation.”

Sara’s advice: “From my experience, I think it is important to realize that immediate gratification is not always the best avenue. There is something to be said for those who hold out for a bigger picture. Money, though important, is not always the most important factor when finding your dream job. Sometimes a lesser-paying job is often more rewarding because the grass is not always greener. Tie a monetary value to every perk and benefit offered by a company, then weigh every pro and con before making a decision on a job offer.”

LFHCD takes part in annual Fatherhood Initiatives Program


The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department took part in the Fayette County Fatherhood Initiatives Program’s 13th annual Father’s Day family celebration June 17 at Douglass Park.

Julie Moon, Infectious Disease team leader, and Nyah Bonds, LFCHD student intern, worked a table at the event as they distributed more than 1,000 condoms, discussed safe sex practices and ways to lower high-risk behaviors and provided information about LFCHD services/hours of operations.

Catherine Lowe, Child Care Health Consultant trainer,  worked a table at the event distributing CCHC bags, stress balls promoting colon cancer screening, information on salt intake, sun safety, preventing fireworks accidents, safe sleep, smoking cessation and asthma.

Welcome new employees!

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

Wade Creech

Wade Creech
Team Leader Facilities Operation

Know Your Co-Worker: Heather Watson

Name: Heather Watson

Job Title: Clinical Services Representative

Department/Program Name: Public Health/WIC and Clinic

Years worked at LFCHD: 1 year

What is your favorite thing about working at LFCHD? My amazing co-workers!

What was your previous job (if different from current position)? Caseworker for Food Stamps and Medicaid.

What is your favorite movie, type of music/musician or book? My favorite book is Wild (NOT the movie).

What is your favorite color? Green

What is your favorite food/place to eat? Thanks to Doraine, I love Windy Corner!!! If you have not tried it, you need to!

What do you like to do for fun? LOVE hiking and being outdoors (especially when it is nice and warm).

What type of pets do you have? I have two hairless dogs, Maja and Einstein (you can ask me later why those names). They are hairless Chinese Crested.

What word(s) describe you best? Loving, respectful, and a great listener.

What is your greatest accomplishment? Marrying my wonderful husband!

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Know Your Co-Worker: Lynnsey McGarrh

Lynnsey McGarrh

Name: Lynnsey McGarrh

Job Title: DIOS

Department/Program Name: Communicable Disease/Targeted Prevention

Years worked at LFCHD: 1.5 years

What is your favorite thing about working at LFCHD? The pension, the people, and feeling like at the end of the day I’ve done something to help people and make the world just a little bit better.

What was your previous job (if different from current position)? HIV Education Specialist

What is your favorite movie, type of music/musician or book?: The Beatles, Grateful Dead, blues rock, classic rock, and the occasional Justin Bieber song.

What is your favorite color? Blue or purple

What is your favorite food/place to eat? Indian, Mediterranean, Mexican, Ethiopian, Brazilian, Thai, and anything not American.

What do you like to do for fun? I love to hang out with my future wife, Brittany. More than anything though, I’m always in search of new, authentic experiences. With that in mind, traveling to new places is my favorite thing in the entire world!

What type of pets do you have? Jack Russell Terrier named Zoey who is the absolute love of my life.

What word(s) describe you best? Silly, genius, and awesome.

What is your greatest accomplishment? The Peace Corps

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Get your pets ready during National Pet Preparedness Month

June marks National Pet Preparedness Month and is a perfect opportunity for you to learn how to plan for your pet’s safety during an emergency event.

Graphic: What's in Your Pet Prep Kit?

If you need to evacuate your home for any reason, do not forget to plan for your furry, scaly, or feathered friends. The Ready Campaign offers guidance and tips with regard to:

  • Making a pet emergency plan.
  • Preparing shelter for your pet.
  • Protecting your pet during a disaster and caring for them afterwards.
  • Tips for large animals.

Learn more about how to prepare your pet(s) for emergency situations at

Graphic: Pet Preparedness

Delta Dental Insurance benefits

Do you participate in one of the LFCHD sponsored dental plans through Delta Dental? If so, read below for some important reminders.

More than 120 signs and symptoms of non-dental diseases can be detected through a routine oral exam. These are a few of the health problems with oral signs and symptoms:

  • Anemia: Burning, fiery red tongue, swelling of the corner of mouth or pale gums
  • Anorexia nervosa and bulimia: Erosion of tooth enamel, fillings raised above the eroded tooth surfaces, sensitive teeth, enlarged parotid glands and sweet breath aroma
  • Deficient immune system (HIV positive): Thrush mouth, unexplained sores, non-removable white areas on the sides of the tongue
  • Diabetes: Dry mouth, distinctive breath odor, burning tongue, high rate of tooth decay, inflammation and infections in the mouth
  • Heart disease: Pain radiating to the jaw
  • Kidney failure: Retarded tooth development in children, dry mouth, odor, metallic taste and ulcers on the tongue and gums

Don’t forget to schedule your annual exams. For a list of participating dentists, call customer service at 800-955-2030 or go to their website at

Delta Dental also offers discounts on hearing test and hearing aids through the Amplifon Program. Call 1-888-832-1867 to schedule your hearing appointment. This program offers these great feature to Delta Dental members:

  • 60-day trial period-100% money-back guarantee on hearing aids
  • 1-year free follow-up care for hearing aids
  • Free batteries for hearing aids
  • Average hearing aid savings of 25% off

Know Your Co-Worker: Elayne Hollinger


Name: Elayne Hollinger

Job Title: Sr. Health Educator

Department/Program Name: CHEE/Postponing Sexual Involvement

Years worked at LFCHD: 20 years

What is your favorite thing about working at LFCHD? My job…Working with kids.

What is your favorite movie, type of music/musician or book? “To Kill A Mockingbird” and I enjoy most types of music as long as I can rock to it.

What is your favorite color? Anything in the purple/fuchsia colors.

What is your favorite food/place to eat? Healthy, tasty, and clean food. I will eat anywhere as long as the food is healthy, clean, and tasty!

What do you like to do for fun? I enjoy traveling the world and meeting all kinds of people.

What type of pets do you have? My past pet was my beloved cat for 19 years.

What word(s) describe you best? Silly, zany, fun, caring, compassionate, serious, unpretentious, bold, beautiful, respectful, and will call it how I see it.

What is your greatest accomplishment? The longevity of being in one program for 20 years and loving it! Working with kids of all ages, races, creeds, and colors. How great is this?

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Diabetes program earns national accreditation

June 5 diabetes team.JPG

LFCHD’s “Healthy Living with Diabetes” program received national accreditation from the American Association of Diabetes Educators. This will allow people with diabetes in Fayette County to received increased access to quality diabetes education services. The application process took more than a year to complete national standards.

Congratulations to Melissa Smith, Nancy Hiner, Laura Martinez, Carol Hisle, Tara Mason and Tami Ross for this exciting honor!

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