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LFCHD provides hep A shots at Chrysalis House

We held an information session on hepatitis A, including providing vaccination, for clients and staff at the Chrysalis House. “We got our vaccinations!” the agency posted on Facebook. “It does not hurt. They will come to you. Thank you!”

Pictured below are Jill Keys, Karen Cecil, Ruth Stevenson, Tommi Marquardt, Deanna Bond, Debra Rickerd, Candy Medina and Dr. Kraig Humbaugh.

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First day of classes for School Health!

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Some of our School Health nurses sent selfies from the first day of school in Fayette County, and we are ready to help students of all ages! Last year, our School Health nurses saw more than 44,000 visits to their health offices, helping Lexington be well by treating acute and chronic illness, health conditions, and injuries, health education, and disease prevention! We wish a safe and healthy school year to all the students, faculty, staff and nurses in Lexington!

You can find it here on Facebook; please consider sharing it with your family and friends!

National Immunization Awareness Month: School Health

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Classes start back Aug. 15 in Lexington, and our School Health nurses are celebrating National Immunization Awareness Month by making sure your kids have all the vaccinations required to enter school in Kentucky!

One of the most important things a parent can do to protect their child’s health is getting their child vaccinated according to the recommended immunization schedule. Whether parents have a baby starting at a new child care facility, a toddler heading to preschool, a student going back to elementary, middle or high school – or even a college freshman – parents should check their child’s vaccination records.

Child care facilities, preschool programs, schools and colleges are prone to disease outbreaks. Children in these settings can easily spread illnesses to one another due to poor hand washing, not covering their coughs and sneezes and other factors related to interacting in crowded environments.

Images from annual free flu shot event

Photographer Matt Goins provided several excellent images from this year’s free flu shot event, held Oct. 22 at Consolidated Baptist Church. Be sure to click on an image to see a larger version!

LFCHD earns kudos for flu shots


The following letter was sent to Carla Basanta and Lois Davis for their efforts with a flu shot clinic at St. Luke United Methodist Church!

The St. Luke Health team thanks you once again for bringing the flu immunizations to our annual Health Expo. Each year, the members look forward to your team of experts. In fact, the word continues to spread that your nurses give the best shots in town!!!

Carla, thank you for all you did in planning to make it a success, and Lois, it was truly special to have you with us for most of the evening. The event proved to be very successful. Just a side note, one of our members with the assistance of a nurse on our team discovered a breast lump. She mentioned that it felt similar to the one on the model we had displayed. Fortunately, the nurse referred her for an immediate follow-up. So, in addition to your immunizations, our health expo has been successful for various screenings over the years, and this is another example.

Please convey our thanks to all from the Health Department who participated. We look forward to seeing each of you next year!

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:
WKYT (news report)
WKYT (12:30 p.m. interview)

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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HANDS expands to meet demands

Our HANDS program has undergone some exciting changes! In the past, the program was only for first-time parents, but it has now expanded to include families who have more than one child.

The expansion was made possible by Gov. Steve Beshear, who included funding for HANDS in the state general fund.

HANDS is a free, voluntary program that pairs up parents with skilled mentors who make in-home visits to provide support in building healthy and safe environments for children. HANDS is now available for any pregnant woman or for parents whose baby is up to 12 weeks old. The program can continue up until the child is 2 years old.

The following flyer has been created for HANDS to use to explain services. If you’d like a copy, please see Moni Shields or Bailey Preston.


Basanta named Outstanding Public Health Nurse by KPHA

A Lexington nurse recently received the Outstanding Public Health Nurse Award given each year by the Kentucky Public Health Association. It is given annually to honor an outstanding nurse in Kentucky, and the nominations should reflect extraordinary work.
Carla Basanta, who has been with the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department for 22 years, was singled out by her peers for her involvement with the public health clinic, immunizations, well child exams, family planning and direct nursing care. The nominations also highlighted her more recent work developing and maintaining a Quality Assurance program for the health department, as well as organizing annual community flu shot events at senior residential centers.

Here are some of the words about Carla, taken from the nomination from her LFCHD co-workers:

• “Carla’s strength is her ability to research and develop clear, concise protocols and policies that relate to public health practices.”

• “When I think of an outstanding Public Health Nurse, I think of someone who displays not only exceptional nursing skills, but also someone who can help to educate their non-clinical peers and co-workers on how we can impact the community’s health in a positive way. Although Carla does not fancy herself as an educator or public speaker, she has a distinct method of explaining things so that others understand the nursing perspective.”

• “She engaged other staff in collecting and submitting information to document the department’s compliance with the PHAB requirements. Her individual effort was important but her ability to engage others to understand the process, engage in the work and communicate with other staff was critical.”

• “Carla is always pleasant to work with and eager to help anyone who needs it. She believes in the mission of public health and has a passion for making the community a better place to live.”

Celebrate National Nurses Week!

Take a moment to join us and help celebrate National Nurses Week 2015.

Annually, National Nurses Week begins on May 6, marked as Registered Nurse (RN) Recognition Day, and ends on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of nursing as a modern profession.
The American Nurses Association encourages all RNs to participate in recognition activities and to educate the public about the nursing profession and its role in their lives.

Please join us in recognizing the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department’s public health nurses:
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National Public Health Week starts with pinwheel garden

Note: click on a picture to see a larger image.

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department kicked off National Public Health Week by planting a pinwheel garden to raise awareness of child abuse prevention.

National Public Health Week is April 6-12. The health department partnered with Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky to plant pinwheels in front of the LFCHD building to raise awareness about child abuse. The health department’s HANDS program helps teach first-time parents important health and safety tips for raising a new baby. By planting these symbols of childhood fun, we take time to remember those who have been harmed from childhood abuse and pledge to continue educating people on ways to prevent it.

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