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Archive for the month “June, 2017”

Jones retires after 27 years

On Wednesday, the Employee Association hosted a retirement party for Betty Jones. Congratulations to Betty on her 27 years of service with the health department! After retirement, she will be spending time with her family and continuing her ministry. We wish her the best of luck in her next adventure!


A farm-fresh idea: LFCHD hosts Community Farmers’ Market

Vendors from Lexington Farmers’ Market and Bluegrass Farmers’ Market sold a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables Wednesday at the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department’s first Community Farmers’ Market.

“Public Health is about the prevention of diseases and the promotion of good health,” Communications Officer Kevin Hall said. “By bringing both farmers’ markets together for our staff, clients and neighborhoods, we are able to give better access to fresh fruits and vegetables and help educate customers on how to use them to improve their diet. Our Community Farmers’ Market will let us continue to help Lexington be well.”

Staff also could receive Wellness points by signing in after making a purchase and by getting their blood pressure checked by CHEE employees.

The event gave WIC a chance to let participants use their farmers’ markets vouchers on site. WIC participants can receive up to $20 in farmers’ market vouchers, and could increase the amount to more than $40 through various farmers’ market programs. WIC staff assisted clients on site, guiding them to the vendors’ tents and helping with any information they needed.

Additional Community Farmers’ Markets will be held:

  • 8 a.m.-2 p.m. July 5, 2433 Regency Road
  • 8 a.m.-2 p.m. July 12, 650 Newtown Pike
  • 8 a.m.-2 p.m. July 19, 2433 Regency Road
  • 8 a.m.-2 p.m. July 26, 650 Newtown Pike.

Be sure to watch our Facebook Live video to learn more: Community Farmers’ Market!

LFCHD takes part in National HIV Testing Day

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department held special hours Tuesday for National HIV Testing Day. Everyone who got a free HIV test was also entered into a drawing for a new 40-inch TV.

During the day, eight people got HIV tests, and the Infectious Disease team called the event a true success!

To learn more about the day, be sure to watch our Facebook Live video: National HIV Testing Day.

Know Your Co-Worker: Jeanette Hart

Jeanette Hart

Name: Jeanette Hart

Job Title: Project Coordinator

Department/Program Name: Administration

Years worked at LFCHD: 10 years

What is your favorite thing about working at LFCHD?: The ability to have a healthy worklife balance.

What was your previous job (if different from current position)?: Executive Assistant to the Commissioner of Health.

What is your favorite movie, type of music/musician or book?: As a child, my favorite book was Harold and the Purple Crayon.

What is your favorite food/place to eat?: La Casita Mexicana in California.

What do you like to do for fun?: Travel

What type of pets do you have?: One doggie, he’s a rescue.

What word(s) describe you best?: Life learner.

What is your greatest accomplishment?: Returning to school for my Executive Master of Business Administration.

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Lowe attends Pediatric Obesity Mini CoIIN meeting

Catherine Lowe, Child Care Health Consultant (CCHC) Trainer, attended the Pediatric Obesity Mini Collaborative-Improvement-Innovation Network (CoIIN) June 13-14, 2017 in Minneapolis, MN. Kentucky’s team consists of representatives from DPH, the Fayette County Cooperative Extension Office, Child Care Aware, and CCHC. The aim of the Pediatric Obesity Mini CoIIN is to embed policies/practices that support healthy weight behaviors in early care and education systems. The long-term goal is to increase the percentage of healthy weight in children 2-5 years old. The intent of the Pediatric Obesity Mini CoIIN is to engage state teams in a quality improvement process to support and enhance the work of improving nutrition and physical activity in early care and education (ECE) settings.


“It was a wonderful experience to meet so many professionals from other states and hear their stories about how they are helping ECE settings stay healthy. We learned successful strategies from other states and the CDC,” said Lowe. “We heard best practices from Dr. Robert Murray from the Ohio State University. I appreciated having this wonderful learning experience.”


A poster Lowe worked on showing how KY is joining forces with the extension office, Child Care Aware, and CCHC to improve nutrition practices in ECE’s.

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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