Doraine Bailey, our International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), has recertified her credential. All IBCLC are required to have 75 hours of continuing education every 5 years to recertify. Some of the continuing education topics included breastfeeding practices among Jewish and Muslim mothers; human milk banking; breastfeeding practices among LGBTQ families; infant gut microbiome; diagnoses for breastfeeding-related pain; implications of insulin dysregulation and diabetes for breastfeeding mothers; infant sleep, gut emptying and breastfeeding frequency; hypoplastic breast syndrome; opioids and drug-dependent women; and managing tethered oral tissues.
Doraine now begins her 16th year as an IBCLC with the health department, part of her 27 years with the agency.
We celebrated Elayne Hollinger’s last day Thursday, Nov. 30, after 20 years and 2 months as part of the public health team in Lexington. Elayne launched the Reducing the Risk sex education and the Postponing Sexual Involvement abstinence education programs in Fayette County’s schools, helping thousands of students throughout the city. We’ll miss her vibrant personality and wish her a happy retirement!
About 150 parents, caregivers and kids took part Thursday in our Trunk or Treat event hosted by the HANDS and WIC programs. Designed for young children, the event gave our staff the opportunity to pass out healthy treats while showcasing the benefits of HANDS and WIC!
The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department provided 1,026 free flu shots Oct. 5 at Consolidated Baptist Church as part of an annual emergency preparedness exercise. Thanks to everyone who helped make this event another success as we help Lexington be well! Enjoy these pictures from the day: Read more…
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).
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!
Lexington-Fayette County Health Department employees each received a free pair of special glasses to allow the solar eclipse to be safely viewed. Employees gathered in the parking lot and around the building around 2:30 p.m. Monday as the eclipse hit its peak in Lexington, with the moon covering about 95 percent of the sun.
Looking through the pictures, you can see the light grow dimmer, although we didn’t reach totality like in western Kentucky. Environmental Health inspectors Matt Yarnall and Kara Stanfield spent the weekend and Monday in Hopkinsville to help with the crowds and to monitor any public health issues.
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!