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Bailey receives recertification as lactation consultant

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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.

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).

LFCHD offers breastfeeding area at Crave

We had a successful turnout at this past weekend’s Crave event in Lexington as we provided a private, air-conditioned area for moms to breastfeed! Special thanks to Green Box Air for donating the air-conditioned tent – we hear from many parents who were grateful to have the space! We also want to highlight our staff members who worked hard at the event and behind the scenes planning for the weekend: Doraine Bailey, Kelli Gould, Nancy Hiner, Sara McMahan, Zinder Morris and Megan Preston.

LFCHD takes part in National HIV Testing Day

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department held special hours Tuesday for National HIV Testing Day. Everyone who got a free HIV test was also entered into a drawing for a new 40-inch TV.

During the day, eight people got HIV tests, and the Infectious Disease team called the event a true success!

To learn more about the day, be sure to watch our Facebook Live video: National HIV Testing Day.

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.

Helping Lexington be well at maternity fair!

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We participated in the 18th annual Maternity Fair held April 29 by the Women’s Hospital Saint Joseph East. Mary Beth Gilles and Doraine Bailey provided WIC and breastfeeding information, and Sarah McMahan gave safe sleep information for babies. About 600 people attended the event at the Marriott Griffin Gate. We’ve had a display at this event every year since its inception and look forward to being part of future events!

Gould, Layne-Davidson pass Certified Lactation Specialist exams

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Kelli Gould and Alyson Layne-Davidson are the latest Certified Lactation Specialists at the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department after successfully completing a week-long course and passing their exams. Gould and Layne-Davidson were designated by the WIC program’s management to attend the training. They join Doraine Bailey (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) and Cristina Hiten (Certified Lactation Counselor) as breastfeeding resources at the health department.

The health department helps mothers learn more about breastfeeding by providing education and support. To learn more, call 859-288-2348.

World TB Day is March 24

World TB Day

World TB Day, falling on March 24 each year, is designed to build public awareness that tuberculosis today remains an epidemic in much of the world, causing the deaths of nearly 1.5 million people each year, mostly in developing countries. It commemorates the day in 1882 when Dr Robert Koch astounded the scientific community by announcing that he had discovered the cause of tuberculosis, the TB bacillus. At the time of Koch’s announcement in Berlin, TB was raging through Europe and the Americas, causing the death of one out of every seven people. Koch’s discovery opened the way towards diagnosing and curing TB.

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Staff retreat a hit among clinic, WIC, communicable disease teams

Public Health Clinic, WIC and Communicable Disease employees recently participated in a retreat designed to help each section learn about the other as they continue transitioning to one group: Communicable Disease and Clinical Services. Jill Keys serves as the manager of this section.

Employees played “get to know you” games and held a brainstorming session on how they could work more efficiently and effectively as a team. Compliance & Projects Officer Katrina Howard presented about strategic planning and why it’s important for the department. Staff also put together a puzzle to show how everyone plays a part.

The event received very positive response from the participants. More information about the transition will follow in the coming days, so be sure to watch for updates in your email and/or Healthy Times!

Keys talks school shots on Healthy Times radio show

Jill Keys, a team leader in School Health, joined hosts Bailey Preston and Kevin Hall on Wednesday’s Healthy Times show on Lexington Community Radio. Keys helped inform listeners about the importance of vaccines and how parents can beat the back-to-school rush by taking part in the Public Health Clinic’s vaccination schedule (see details below).

Healthy Times airs at 10 a.m. every Wednesday on 95.7 FM, with repeats on 93.9 FM at 3 p.m. Friday and 12 p.m. Sunday, 93.9 FM. It can also be streamed online at Lexington Community Radio!

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