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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!

LFHCD takes part in annual Fatherhood Initiatives Program


The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department took part in the Fayette County Fatherhood Initiatives Program’s 13th annual Father’s Day family celebration June 17 at Douglass Park.

Julie Moon, Infectious Disease team leader, and Nyah Bonds, LFCHD student intern, worked a table at the event as they distributed more than 1,000 condoms, discussed safe sex practices and ways to lower high-risk behaviors and provided information about LFCHD services/hours of operations.

Catherine Lowe, Child Care Health Consultant trainer,  worked a table at the event distributing CCHC bags, stress balls promoting colon cancer screening, information on salt intake, sun safety, preventing fireworks accidents, safe sleep, smoking cessation and asthma.

Diabetes program earns national accreditation

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LFCHD’s “Healthy Living with Diabetes” program received national accreditation from the American Association of Diabetes Educators. This will allow people with diabetes in Fayette County to received increased access to quality diabetes education services. The application process took more than a year to complete national standards.

Congratulations to Melissa Smith, Nancy Hiner, Laura Martinez, Carol Hisle, Tara Mason and Tami Ross for this exciting honor!

Diabetes program receives grant for more community testing

Tara and Tami

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department’s Diabetes Program received a $2,500 grant to work with the Fayette County Diabetes Coalition to promote diabetes awareness and increase focus on the prevention of diabetes in Fayette County. The coalition has projects planned for community Diabetes Risk Tests, including targeted testing for high-risk populations. A big thanks goes to the health department’s Tara Mason and Tami Ross for completing the application grant.

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!

Fight the Bite: LFCHD hosts media event on mosquito control program

Changes to the way the health department fights mosquitoes each summer prompted a special media event Wednesday morning. Dr. Kraig Humbaugh and Barrett Schoeck talked to reporters about the updates, while Bailey Preston and Kevin Hall hosted a Facebook Live broadcast.



Staff attend statewide Child Care Health Consultants meeting

We recently had staff attend a two-day meeting in Frankfort for all the Child Care Health Consultants in Kentucky. Speakers and topics included the following:

Tal Curry, DPH and CCHC;
Dr. Susan Pollack, KY Injury Prevention and Research, talked about CPS hyperthermia;
Rebekah Duchette, RN, BSN, Early Care and Education Coordinator, spoke about healthy eating and physical activity;
Brooke Gill spoke about Connect the Dots training for addressing challenging behaviors in child care;
B.J. Short, Division of Regulated Child Care, held a Q&A on child care regulations.

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.

Mason receives honor for diabetes work

Tara Mason, a health educator in the diabetes program with Community Health Equity and Education) recently received an award from the Kentucky Diabetes Network. The statewide diabetes coalition honored Mason for her work using the KDN website to connect Fayette County residents to networking, diabetes improvement tools and resources.

Tara Mason receives honor


Spring flooding safety tips

Our preparedness staff provided the following information:

When spring hits, whether it’s “official” or feels like spring, many of us are eager to get out of the office and into the fresh air. However, too much rain or after a long winter can bring severe flooding. Floods are the most common and costly natural disaster in the United States. Here are some things to keep in mind as the spring flood season draws near.

  • Never drive or walk through flooded streets. It only takes six inches of moving water to sweep a person off their feet (and not in the romantic way) and 12 inches to move a car. Remember, if a street is flooded, Turn Around; Don’t Drown.
  • Floods are expensive. A few inches of water in a 1,000-square foot home could cost more than $10,000 in repairs and replacement of personal possessions. Visits FEMA’s data visualization website to learn more about the costs and impacts of floods in your state
  • Most insurance does not cover flood damage. Only flood insurance will cover the damage from floods. Speak with your insurance agent to learn more and remember flood insurance takes 30 days to take effect, so purchase now to protect your family!
  • Talk with your family and make an emergency plan for you and your pets. No matter the disaster, it’s always a good idea to have emergency supplies ready at home, at work, and in the car.

You can learn more about the dangers of flooding and find information about flood insurance at and We also have prepared a Flood Safety Social Media Toolkit so you can share tips with your friends and family prepare at

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