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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!

Maternity Fair

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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LFCHD receives state award for NEP

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The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department recently received the Commissioner’s Award for the successful implementation of a needle-exchange program in Lexington! Since opening Sept. 4, 2015, the NEP has received 10,297 used needles and given out 10,803 clean needles. Dr. Kraig Humbaugh, acting commissioner of health for Kentucky (and soon to be the new commissioner at LFCHD!), presented the award to Jessica Cobb and Roanya Rice, pictured.

It’s National Influenza Vaccination Week

National Influenza Vaccination Week

It’s National Influenza Vaccination Week, and we’re using it as a time to remind the community there’s still time (and need) to get a flu shot for the season. Please share information about the importance of flu shots, as well as details about our clinic’s flu shot hours, to any interested patients/clients. The Public Health Clinic offers flu shots 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Thursday. They cost $30, and no appointment is necessary.

WIC grant to expand access to Farmers’ Market

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Three Lexington-Fayette County Health Department Women, Infants and Children (WIC) employees helped the department receive a grant to increase Lexington mothers’ access to farmers’ markets for fresh fruits and vegetables for their family.

Stephanie Anklan, Alyson Layne-Davidson and Rebekah Shoopman wrote the grant, which provides $3,000 to be used for increasing healthy eating opportunities for WIC clients. This will include bus tokens for transportation for WIC clients to and from the Lexington Farmers’ Market, taste-testing of Kentucky-grown fruits and vegetables and many more initiatives to come.

WIC is a supplemental program that provides nutrition education and healthy foods to women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or have given birth in the last six months; infants up to 12 months and children up to 5 years of age.

Shot night in the spotlight: free flu vaccine clinic getting exposure

As we prepare for Thursday’s annual free flu shot clinic, a major promotional push has been happening throughout October.

A special thanks to Liz Pfeffer, Jill Keys and Laura Collins for joining Bailey Preston and Kevin Hall on various TV and radio interviews!

Here are a few of the reports:
WTVQ
WKYT (news report)
WKYT (12:30 p.m. interview)
Herald-Leader
WUKY
WLEX

Interviews conducted by Lexington Community Radio and 106.3 FM were not available.

Additionally, the health department mounted a strong social media push. As of 9 a.m. Wednesday, the two Facebook ads had been seen by 21,857 people and shared 264 times. They also received kudos from Lexington Mayor Jim Gray.

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