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2018 Free Flu Shot Clinic provides almost 1,200 vaccines

We provided 1,165 free flu shots at yesterday’s annual one-day clinic to test our emergency preparedness. Thanks again to everyone who made this event a success!

We also provided 28 free flu shots and 30 hepatitis A shots at Stand Down, an annual event helping homeless veterans.

Oct. 11 Stand Down event

 

Overdose Awareness Day 2018

 

Some LFCHD staff spent Saturday morning at Jacobson Park for Voices of Hope’s annual Overdose Awareness Day event. Our team provided 25 hepatitis A vaccinations for the community at the event!

Hepatitis A is a liver disease that can easily be passed from person to person and can be spread through close contact with someone infected with it. We encourage you to talk to your medical provider about getting the hepatitis A vaccine.

Anderson, Lee finish 6 years on Board of Health

June 11 BoH (Lee and Anderson)

Jason Lee and Paula Anderson participated in their final Board of Health meeting Monday evening after six years of service. Commissioner of Health Dr. Kraig Humbaugh, left, and Board Chair Kacy Allen-Bryant, right, thanked Lee and Anderson for their many contributions helping Lexington be well.

Layne-Davidson to be new regional breastfeeding representative

Doraine and AlysonDoraine Bailey retired May 31 after almost 30 years providing breastfeeding support services to Lexington and Central Kentucky. Alyson Layne-Davidson will continue to ensure moms, babies and families receive high-quality care in her new role as our regional breastfeeding representative. Alyson, who has been a registered dietitian in our WIC program since 2013, starts the new position July 1 and has been working closely with Doraine to learn as much as possible from her years of experience. We appreciate Doraine’s long-time work helping Lexington be well and are excited about Alyson’s future with moms, babies and families!

Be sure to like and share our Facebook post about Alyson’s new position so the rest of Lexington and Central Kentucky can learn more: Facebook (Alyson & Doraine)!

Bailey retiring after 27 years at LFCHD

Doraine

We celebrated Doraine Bailey’s retirement, after 27 years helping moms and families learn more about the benefits of breastfeeding. Bailey, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, has received numerous state and national awards during her time with us, including the 2018 Kentucky Public Health Association’s Helen B. Fraser Maternal and Child Health Award given to honor someone who has made an exceptional contribution to the health and well-being of mothers and children in Kentucky. We wish Doraine a happy retirement and thank her for her time helping Lexington be well!

Be sure to like and share our Facebook post about Doraine’s retirement so others in Lexington can learn more about all she’s done for moms, babies and families in Kentucky: Facebook (Doraine’s retirement)!

Breeding retiring after 12 years at LFCHD

Sandy & Jill 2

We celebrated Sandy Breeding’s upcoming retirement, after 12 years with us providing public health services to Lexington. Breeding, who received a Doctor in Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from Northern Kentucky University two years ago, is the team leader of our Public Health Clinic and has been a national speaker on tuberculosis. We wish Sandy a happy retirement and thank her for her time helping Lexington be well!

Be sure to like and share our Facebook post about Sandy to let others in the community know about her service: Facebook (Sandy Breeding retiring).

LFCHD honored for excellence in lactation care

IBCLC award staff

We recently received the International Board Certified Lactation Consultants Care Award for excellence in lactation care. Join us in honoring our employees who are helping Lexington be well by providing breastfeeding education and support for families: Heather Watson, Kelli Gould, Alyson Layne-Davidson, Megan Preston, Lilia Villegas, Jenna Schwartz, Cristina Hiten, Mary Beth Gilles, Doraine Bailey, Rebekah Shoopman and Brittany Anstaett.

The IBCLC Care Award is given by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners and International Lactation Consultant Association in recognition for professionals with the IBCLC certification and providing a lactation program for breastfeeding families.

14 donate blood Monday!

 

We had 14 total blood donors Monday, more than doubling the total from the Kentucky Bloodcenter’s last visit in September! Thanks to all who participated, and remember to submit your information for Employee Wellness and Go365 points.

Kim Harris won the drawing for the gift card.

Happy National Nurses Week 2018!

Take a moment to join us and help celebrate National Nurses Week 2018. This year’s theme is “Nurses: Inspire, Innovate, Influence.”

ANA_NNW2018_Logo_Color_previewAnnually, National Nurses Week begins on May 6, marked as Registered Nurse (RN) Recognition Day, and ends on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of nursing as a modern profession. The American Nurses Association encourages all RNs to participate in recognition activities and to educate the public about the nursing profession and its role in their lives.

Please join us in recognizing the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department’s public health nurses and all they do in helping Lexington be well!

Bailey, Moses win Kentucky Public Health Association awards

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Doraine Bailey and John Moses received Kentucky Public Health Association awards April 26. We salute them for their work in helping Lexington be well!

 

Doraine Bailey

Congratulations to our Doraine Bailey, the 2018 winner of the Kentucky Public Health Association’s Helen B. Fraser Maternal and Child Health Award, given annually to honor someone who has made an exceptional contribution to the health and well-being of mothers and children in Kentucky. Doraine, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, received the award for her work educating Lexington parents about the health benefits of breastfeeding.

The following is the nomination recognizing Doraine:

Doraine Bailey will talk to anyone, anytime, anywhere about the benefits of breastfeeding. In some situations, this could potentially be awkward, but Doraine has an innate ability to disarm discomfort, making the conversation as relaxed and natural as the topic itself.

In my time at the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department, she has conducted numerous interviews, often with little notice. It doesn’t matter – she can fill an hour-long interview or a 30-second soundbite with ease, providing the information in easy-to-understand language.

Doraine BaileyRecently, Doraine has given special consideration to groups who have traditionally been outside the standard breastfeeding conversation. She wants to make sure every parent, no matter religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation or income background, feels part of the benefits offered by breastfeeding. By learning more about their backgrounds, including potential obstacles, she is able to speak more directly to the potential clients, allowing their voices to be heard, reminding them that they are important to us.

Over the past few months, Doraine has started talking about the possibility of retiring. It’s something she has most certainly earned, but selfishly, I want her to stay as long as possible – her knowledge, her passion is unparalleled. Because of that, it is with great

pleasure I nominate Doraine for the Helen B. Fraser Maternal and Child Health Award.

John Moses

Congratulations to our John Moses, the 2018 winner of the Kentucky Public Health Association’s Paul Mason Memorial Award, given annually to honor a Kentuckian who has made a significant contribution to benefit our most vulnerable population – the indigent and uninsured. John, who is a linkage navigator ensuring HIV patients get into medical care, received the award for his contributions to Lexington’s needle exchange program!

The following is the nomination recognizing John:

“We have to get past the thinking that they’re ‘junkies behind a dumpster.’”

John MosesThat comment, made in March 2015, paved the way for the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department’s approach to our needle-exchange program. To make it a success, everyone involved had to get past the notion that the clients would somehow be “lesser” humans, the clichés we’ve seen time and again in movies, TV and various pop culture. Instead, they are “somebody’s mother, father, brother, sister, lover, friend – they mean something to someone. They should mean something to us, too.”

Since opening in September 2015, our program has served more than 2,200 individuals, all of whom have their own stories, unique to them despite their shared addiction. Some are homeless; some are professionals; some are young, fresh-faced, almost as if they arrived straight from the University of Kentucky’s campus; some are older, weathered, withered, their bodies likely belying their actual age. All, however, are human, a fact we are reminded of time and again, even (perhaps particularly) whenever we get too bogged down in the numbers of our program. Sure, the epidemiology side of the program is amazing — all the used needles taken in, the hepatitis C and HIV tests given – but there are some things you can’t measure: chances, second, third, beyond; lives changed; lives saved. How do you measure the look on a mother’s face when they thank us for what we’ve done, what we’ve provided?

The men and women who walk through our needle-exchange program are some of Lexington’s most-vulnerable population, a drug-injecting community, often with no insurance, no home, no hope. No matter where they come from, no matter where they’ve been, though, we are there, letting them know that between these doors and under this roof, they matter. They are more than “junkies behind a dumpster.”

That’s why I’m honored to nominate for the Paul Mason Memorial Award, given annually to honor a Kentuckian who has made a significant contribution to benefit our most vulnerable population – the indigent and uninsured – the man who first said the above quote to remind of us the humanity we serve: John Moses, of the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department.

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