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National Immunization Awareness Month

August is National Immunization Awareness Month, and we encourage you to make sure you are up to date on all your recommended vaccines! Our Public Health Clinic team works daily helping Lexington be well by providing vaccinations to those who need them! Call them at 859-288-2483 to make an appointment!

Vaccines are among the most successful and cost-effective public health tools available for preventing disease and death. In the United States, vaccines have greatly reduced infectious diseases that once routinely killed or harmed many infants, children, and adults. However, the viruses and bacteria that cause vaccine-preventable disease and death still exist and can be passed on to people who are not protected by vaccines.

Among children born during 1994-2013, vaccination will prevent an estimated 322 million illnesses, 21 million hospitalizations, and 732,000 deaths over the course of their lifetimes. Vaccination is important because it not only protects the person receiving the vaccine, but also helps prevent the spread of certain diseases, especially to those that are most vulnerable to serious complications, such as infants and young children, elderly, and those with chronic conditions and weakened immune systems.

World Breastfeeding Week

2018 Breastfeeding Week

World Breastfeeding Week starts today with a theme of “Foundation of Life.” We want to hear from you – share your breastfeeding experience to be included with the building blocks on the hallway in our WIC clinics at 650 Newtown Pike and 2433 Regency Road! Breastfeeding is a universal solution that levels the playing field, giving everyone a fair start in life. It improves the health, well-being and survival of women and children around the world. To learn more about our breastfeeding program, please call ext. 2348!

If you’re on social media, be sure to share our post so we can get more responses from the community. You can find it here on Facebook!

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

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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

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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

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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.

It’s International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC)/Lactation Support Staff Day

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We join the international campaign that focuses on deepening the connections International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) have with families, health care providers and the community by taking a moment to thank the IBCLCs making a difference in the lives of families throughout Lexington and Central Kentucky.

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department has one IBCLC, Doraine Bailey, offering families breastfeeding support in person and over the phone. Cristina Hiten and Mary Beth Gilles are Certified Lactation Consultants, and Alyson Layne-Davidson and Kelli Gould are Certified Lactation Specialists.

We are grateful for the work of all the IBCLCs, mother-to-mother support leaders, and others helping breastfeeding families. Because of their hard work, Lexington continues to lead the state in the number of babies starting out breastfeeding.

If you or someone you know would like more information about breastfeeding support, just call the health department’s Breastfeeding Warm Line at (859) 288-2348.

Gilles receives lactation consultant certification

Mary Beth Gilles, a nutrition specialist in WIC, recently received her Certified Lactation Consultant certification.

“With this certification, I want to help raise the statistics of breastfeeding women and infants everywhere,” Gilles said. “There are so many benefits of breastfeeding for both mom and baby, including decreased risk of ovarian cancer, breast cancer and heart disease for women and overall better health for the baby. I am very excited to share the knowledge I have acquired with our clients at WIC and with my WIC team.”March 7 Mary Beth Gilles receives certification

Gilles is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University with a bachelor’s of health science degree in dietetics. She joined the health department two months after graduation and has been with the WIC program for almost two years.

Gilles says she knew nothing about breastfeeding when she started her job, but it “struck my interest immediately, and I began trying to absorb as much information as I could to help women become comfortable and confident in breastfeeding.”

The ability to share that information is one of Gilles’ favorite parts of working at the health department.

“There are so many aspects I love about my job,” she said, “but there are a couple of things that really exceeded my expectations. The WIC program has taught me so much about nutrition for pregnant/postpartum women, infants and children, and I continue to learn something new every day. I am beyond excited and forever grateful to start my journey as a CLC.”

LFCHD gives 185 free flu shots

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department provided 185 free flu shots Tuesday evening at its special one-night-only clinic for the community. Flu shots continue to be provided, for a fee, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Thursday in the Public Health Clinic.

The event received news coverage from WKYT, WLEX and WTVQ.

Health department provides 144 free Narcan kits in community class

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department provided 144 naloxone kits Tuesday at its first class to train the community on the overdose-reversing medication. Due to overwhelming demand, the health department plans to hold additional community classes to be announced soon.

Naloxone, also known by the brand name Narcan, blocks opiate receptors in the brain, works in 1-3 minutes and lasts 30-90 minutes. It can cause withdrawal symptoms such as nausea and disorientation, but there is no risk for abuse or addiction. If given in a timely manner, the antidote can prevent deaths from overdoses due to opioid drugs, such as oxycodone or heroin.

“Ready access to naloxone at home or in the community can save lives,” said Commissioner of Health Dr. Kraig Humbaugh. “Knowing when and how to use Narcan gives people a chance for recovery in the future.”

The free naloxone kits were available to the community through a partnership between the health department, Drug Free Lex and the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center, part of the University of Kentucky College of Public Health, and a bona fide agent for the Kentucky Department for Public Health.

Staff who worked the event included: Deanna Bond, Maggie Bravo, Sandy Breeding, Lindsay Earlywine, Laura Foley, Kevin Hall, Kim Harris, Cristina Hiten, Dr. Kraig Humbaugh, Jill Keys, Yolanda Loveless, Christy Nentwick, Ruben Perez, Bailey Preston and Dan Satterfield.

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