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LFCHD attends House of God Health Fair

Catherine Lowe, Sarah McMahan, Tara Mason and John Moses attended the House of God Health Fair on held July 20 in the church’s gymnasium at 866 Georgetown Street. About 200 people attended and were happy to receive health information, including tobacco use/cessation, diabetes, high blood pressure, nutrition for all ages and safe sex!


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 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!

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.

Special testing event marks National Youth HIV and AIDS Awareness Day

National Youth HIV and AIDS Awareness Day

Monday was National Youth HIV and AIDS Awareness Day, and to honor the day, our staff provided special free testing on campus for University of Kentucky students in addition to normal testing hours at 650 Newtown Pike.

In the United States, almost 10,000 people ages 13 to 24 were diagnosed with HIV in 2014, and 81 percent of those were ages 20-24.

In addition to social media posts, the special event received coverage in the UK student newspaper, The Kentucky Kernel.

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!

Communicable Disease team says goodbye to intern

Oluwasubomi “Subomi” Akindoju, CDC Public Health intern, came to the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department to gain additional knowledge about Public Health.

Subomi was an intern with the Targeted Prevention and the TB teams. She was a great asset during the time spent with us. The Communicable Disease team would like to extend their appreciation to Subomi for the support she provided each program.


Targeted Prevention works annual Pride Festival

On Saturday, June 25, Lexington held its 9th annual Lexington Pride Festival, hosted by Pride Community Services. The Lexington Pride festival is the cities second largest free event that offers entertainment, food and beverages, and a chance for the Targeted Prevention team to conduct STI/HIV outreach. Many vendors and organizations were in attendance. Our team partnered with AVOL to provide free HIV screenings. Julie Moon, Lynnsey McGarrh, John Moses, Aaron Mosley Jr., and Beth Stroupe all participated in this year’s event. They distributed approximately 2,500 condoms, disseminated information about our Needle Exchange Program and other health department services, and provided education regarding safe sex practices. The team continues to conduct free HIV testing to all those who are interested in knowing their status. For additional information please contact the targeted prevention team at 859-288-2437.

The Targeted Prevention team would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Humbaugh, who came to the event to show his support. He worked diligently alongside DIS to offer event participants information about what the health department had to offer our community. The targeted prevention team has now officially inducted Dr. Humbaugh as an unofficial “in-house DIS”!

Communicable Disease team breaks out

The Communicable Disease Team visited Breakout Lexington to challenge themselves to some super sleuthing good team building on Thursday, December 17. Each Breakout Game is a real life escape room adventure for a small group. Groups work together as a team to escape the room before time runs out. It is great for groups of friends, family or coworkers. You will solve puzzles, crack codes, find hidden items and more in order to escape. You have one goal: escape the room in under one hour. The CD Team was split into 2 groups, as the game rooms are small and only accommodate up to 8, and all participated in the Derby Heist Game.

The group of Julie Moon, Lynnsey McGarrh, Maressa Starks-Baker, Laura Collins, John Moses and Sara Blankenship were able to recover the derby roses, the trophy and the winner’s check with a time of 60 minutes and 20 seconds. The group of Wanda Martin, Jessica Cobb, Aaron Mosley, Jr., Yvonne Beatty, Theresa Lakin, Kelly Swanner and Luke Mathis came close but did not end up completing in time. Even though both groups were not successful in breaking out, the team thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to take some time away from the workplace to spend time together. The CD highly recommends this experience to others looking for a team building opportunity for their staff. The game was cost effective and not time consuming. Click here for more information about Breakout Lexington or call 859-904-9090. Feel free to ask the CD Team members about their experience, just don’t expect any hints or answers to the clues and puzzles!



Actor’s announcement prompts media interviews about HIV testing

Actor Charlie Sheen announced Tuesday morning he is HIV-positive, and we used his message as an opportunity to remind people about the importance of getting tested (and our free testing services). In a series of Facebook and Twitter posts, along with interviews with WKYT, WLEX, WTVQ and WEKU (links below, minus WLEX which wasn’t available), Lynnsey McGarrh and Kevin Hall reminded the community we offer FREE, confidential walk-in HIV testing 1:30-4 p.m. Monday and Friday at 650 Newtown Pike. The free tests take 15-20 minutes, and we offer counseling services for those who need it.


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