We’re proud to be part of Pride! We had about 1,200 people interact with us, including 50 diabetes risk assessments and 23 carbon monoxide tests to check levels of CO in smokers. We also handed out more than 1,000 giveaways. Thanks to everyone who visited our booth at the Lexington Pride Festival to learn how the health department CARES for everyone through our values: Caring, Accountability, Respect, Equity and Service!
Thanks to the staff who helped work the event or helped plan/promote it: Ruben Perez, Catherine Lowe, Holly Clendenin, Tami Ross, Sarah McMahan, Tara Mason, Julie Moon, Marressa Starks-Baker, Hailee Reed, John Moses, Kelsi Hernandez, Mia Williams, Dave Peterson, Lynnsey McGarrh, Jessica Cobb, Bailey Preston, Christy Nentwick, Kevin Hall and Dr. Kraig Humbaugh!
Thanks to everyone who submitted selfies to use in our social media posts encouraging Lexington residents to be the picture of good health on National Selfie Day! Be sure to check out our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts and share the images with your friends/family.
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Today is Election Day in Kentucky, and the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department used it as a way to remind people about a few public health services. Below are some social media pictures used to highlight the health department. Be sure to follow us Facebook, Twitter and Instagram so you can like and share/RT our posts!
The Lexington Legends announced Tuesday that Whitaker Bank Ballpark will be 100 percent tobacco-free this season! Legends President/CEO Andy Shea and our Kevin Hall celebrated the organizations’ partnership at the team’s media event held at the ballpark. Be sure to look for our information on the team’s schedule magnets being given away Friday night at the ballpark!
Our Targeted Prevention team partnered with the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy and the Salvation Army to attend their first Community Health Event to provide education about signs and symptoms of opioid overdose, naloxone and safe needle practices. We also provided information on cocaine overdose, basic wound care and STI transmission. Staff also conducted HIV and hepatitis C testing at the event. Thank you Marressa Starks-Baker, Lynnsey McGarrh, Kelsi Hernandez, Tenille Allen, Julie Moon and Hailee Reed for taking the time to participate in this much needed event!
For Valentine’s Day (and National Condom Day), we promoted Facebook ads with information about free condoms and testing. See our ads below:
We also placed a table in the front lobby with a bowl of condoms, flyers with testing information, and HIV/STI pamphlets. See our DIOS staff at the table below:
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.
Nancy Hiner and Catherine Lowe attended the Paul Miller Ford Safety Day on Saturday, October 21. Over 100 participants stopped by the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department’s booth. Staff distributed information on safe sleep, car seat safety, Halloween safety, nutrition, smoking cessation, hand washing, flu, and diabetes. Hiner and Lowe answered questions from the participants about healthy ways to lose weight, diabetes, and how to stop smoking.