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LFCHD holds media event to announce free Narcan

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.

Dr. HumbaughLFCHD’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).

It’s National Health Educators Week!

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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.

Oct. 6: National Disease Interventionist Specialist Recognition Day

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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!

Eclipse 2017: LFCHD employees take part in historic event

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.

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!

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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:

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“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

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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.

 

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