In preparation for Friday’s official launch of free Narcan in the needle-exchange program, the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department held a media event to announce the news to the community.
The kits are available through a partnership between the health department and the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center, part of the University of Kentucky College of Public Health. The kits will be distributed 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays in the Dr. Rice C. Leach Community Room.
LFCHD’s Kevin Hall and Dr. Kraig Humbaugh spoke at the event, as did Dr. Svetla Slavova, principal investigator for the grant and associate professor in the UK College of Public Health Department of Biostatistics. She is also a faculty member with the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center, bona fide agent for the Kentucky Department for Public Health. The purchase of Narcan® was supported by a grant 2014-PM-BX-0010 (Data-Driven Multidisciplinary Approaches to Reducing Prescription Abuse in Kentucky) awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice.
Media coverage for the event included the following (Lexington Community Radio also had three show hosts cover the event, including an interview in Spanish, but posts are not yet available):
The entire event can also be found on the LFCHD Facebook page: Narcan announcment (Facebook).
Please take a moment to welcome the newest employees of the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department.
Environmental Health Specialist
Clinical Services Representative
Clinical Services Representative
We’re kicking off National Health Education Week this week! Today is about making health for all a reality. The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department recognizes that the health and well-being of communities are dependent on the physical, social, environmental and economic factors present in these communities. Communities that are under-resourced and under-represented, with health inequities that are most evident, have historically been silenced and ignored. They have had their trust violated with regard to economic and educational opportunities, environmental safety, access to health care, quality health care service delivery and education and their overall ability to thrive. Our dedicated health educators work daily to help Lexington be well. Pictured are, left to right, Laura Martinez, Catherine Lowe, Elaine Bailey, Tami Ross, Angela Brumley-Shelton, Elayne Hollinger and Tara Mason. Not pictured are Holly Clendenin, Emily Ginter, Nancy Hiner, Sarah McMahan, Ruben Perez, Dave Peterson and Melissa Smith.
It’s National Disease Interventionist Specialist Recognition Day, and we honor our team members who work daily to help Lexington be well: Julie Moon, John Moses, Hailee Reed, Lynnsey McGarrh, Lisa McDonald and Marressa Starks-Baker (not pictured). They wear many hats and take on many roles to protect people across the nation. Whether tackling STD prevention, tuberculosis outbreak response, HIV exposure notification or emergency response, DIS bring a special set of skills and level of dedication matched by few in the field. We are honored for the opportunities to work alongside them and to call them our colleagues. Today, we honor you, DIS, and all that you do in the name of public health!
On Sunday, October 1, CHEE attended the 2017 Lexington Fire Department Festival. Nancy Hiner, Catherine Lowe, Angela Brumley-Shelton, and Melissa Smith provided a booth. They took checked the participants’ blood pressure and gave out education materials about tobacco cessation, diabetes, nutrition, safe sleep, child abuse prevention ,and Halloween safety.