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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 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.”

LFCHD teams put together care packages for Ronald McDonald House

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Thirty staff members from the Public Health Clinic, WIC, medical records, clerical, DIOS and TB spent Friday putting together 171 breakfast care packages for the Ronald McDonald House as part of the section’s annual team-building project. The Ronald McDonald House serves families of children 21 years and under that are being treated by local hospitals by providing housing options for $10 per night while the child is hospitalized. While seeking ideas for this year’s project, staff learned that the Ronald McDonald House often needs “grab-and-go” packages for families who are heading out in the mornings to go to an area hospital to see their child.

After the morning packaging the items, the LFCHD team enjoyed an outing for bowling and pizza.

2017 Dr. Rice C. Leach Public Health Hero: State Sen. Reggie Thomas


State Sen. Reggie Thomas received the 2017 Dr. Rice C. Leach Public Health Hero Award at Monday’s Board of Health meeting.  The award is given annually to individuals who have demonstrated their dedication to improving the health of Lexington residents. You can watch the presentation via Facebook Live.

Thomas, who represents part of Fayette County in the state senate, is a public health advocate through his actions statewide, including co-sponsoring legislation to teach high school students CPR, supporting rights of breastfeeding mothers and protecting children and adults against abuse, neglect and exploitation. He has supported bills offering better services for autistic individuals, gaining rights for child care centers to administer epinephrine injections for allergic reactions and removing barriers to colorectal screenings.

Thomas has also worked closely with the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department for information to help shape statutes and regulations to improve the health and well-being of Kentuckians.

1He is an active community member in Lexington, serving or having served on the boards of the Lexington Actors Guild, the Lexington Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Kentucky Conference of Community and Justice, Bluegrass Community and Technical College and Commerce Lexington. He is a graduate of Bryan Station High School, Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School. He and his late wife Lynda have three children and one granddaughter.

Thomas “is a selfless advocate of protecting and prospering the health and well-being for all members of Lexington and Fayette County,” states the award nomination. “He is a true champion for public health.”

Previously known as the Public Health Hero Award, the Board of Health renamed the award in 2016 in memory of the late Dr. Rice C. Leach, Lexington’s former Commissioner of Health who spent more than 50 years as a public health physician. Leach died April 1, 2016.

Past winners include Dr. Susan Pollack and Marian F. Guinn (2015), the Rev. Willis Polk and baby Health Service (2014), Anita Courtney and Teens Against Tobacco Use (2013); Vickie Blevins and Jay McChord (2012); Jill Chenault-Wilson and Dr. Malkanthie McCormick (2011); Dr. Jay Perman (2010); the Lexington Lions Club (2009); Dr. David Stevens and the late Dr. Doane Fischer (2008); Dr. Ellen Hahn, Mary Alice Pratt and Therese Moseley (2007); Dr. Andrew Moore and Rosa Martin (2006); Jan Brucato and Dragana Zaimovic (2005); and Dr. John Michael Moore, Ellen Parks and Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government (2004). Dr. Robert Lam received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007.


Happy National Nurses Week 2017!


Take a moment to join us and help celebrate National Nurses Week 2017. This year’s theme is “Nursing: the Balance of Mind, Body, and Spirit.”

Annually, 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:

Heather Adams
Billie Baker-Redman
JoAnne Beckwith
Marilyn Bettenhausen
Patti Boggs
Deanna Bond
Sandra Breeding
Jaleen Cagle
Stephanie Carpenter
Erin Claypool
Holly Clendenin
Laura Collins
Rebecca Coombs
Anne Copple
Kristen Dostart
Tamura Dungan
Dianne Evans
Valerie Freeman
Heather Fugate
Jacqueline Graves
Alexa Green
Cheryl Green
Kim Harris
Carol Hisle
Gwendolyn Holloman
Diana Ishmael
Melissa Jervis
Carol Jung
Cynthia Kahlo
Cheryl Kelly
Jayne Kendle
Janis Kennedy
Debbie Kerns
Jill Keys
Catherine Lowe
Tommi Marquardt
Wanda Martin
Terry Mehok
Lesley Moore
May Moustafa
Erin Perry
Shirley Powell
Jerri Prince
Susan Reemelin
Debra Rickerd
Judy Rooney
Debra Rose
Ann Thompson
Heather Toews
Janet Turner
Deanna Sue VanBussum
Trenna Vandergrift
Kimi Vaughn
Anna Wasilkowski
Janis Wellinghurst

To learn more about Nurses Week, click here.

EA hosts annual picnic for staff


The Employee Association (shown above) held its annual staff picnic, featuring a mix of food, games and karaoke. LFCHD employees dined on hamburgers, barbecued chicken, salads, chips, cookies, brownies and oranges, while being entertained by a rotating group of co-workers who signed up for karaoke!

Take a look at some of the pictures below, and remember to click on the image to see a larger version.

Celebrate Administrative Professionals Day!

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department honors Administrative Professionals Day on April 26.

Administrative Professionals Day was first marked in 1952 and is designed to honor secretaries, administrative assistants, receptionists and other administrative support professionals. The idea was to recognize “the secretary, upon whose skill, loyalty and efficiency the functions of business and government offices depend,” according to the International Association of Administrative Professionals.

LFCHD’s administrative professionals include Lindsay Earlywine, Laura Foley, Pamela Hopkins, Laura Martinez, Christina Nentwick, Sharon Robinson, Estephany Romero, Laura Overstreet-Sandusky and Joy Spencer.

Mason receives honor for diabetes work

Tara Mason, a health educator in the diabetes program with Community Health Equity and Education) recently received an award from the Kentucky Diabetes Network. The statewide diabetes coalition honored Mason for her work using the KDN website to connect Fayette County residents to networking, diabetes improvement tools and resources.

Tara Mason receives honor


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