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Archive for the category “Outreach”

National Selfie Day 2018!

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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LFCHD ties health messages to Election Day in Lexington

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!

 

Legends, LFCHD partner to make ballpark tobacco-free

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!

Targeted Prevention takes part in drug awareness health event

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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!

Spread love, not disease!

For Valentine’s Day (and National Condom Day), we promoted Facebook ads with information about free condoms and testing. See our ads below:

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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:

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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.

Here are some comments from the public:

Hiner and Lowe attend Paul Miller Ford Safety Day

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.

 

Oct. 21 health fair

Wearing purple for domestic violence awareness

Employees wore purple Thursday to raise awareness and show support for women, men and children impacted by domestic violence. We were invited to participate in Wear Purple Day by Lexington’s Domestic Violence Prevention Board.

LFCHD holds media event to announce free Narcan

In preparation for Friday’s official launch of free Narcan in the needle-exchange program, the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department held a media event to announce the news to the community.

The kits are available through a partnership between the health department and the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center, part of the University of Kentucky College of Public Health. The kits will be distributed 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays in the Dr. Rice C. Leach Community Room.

Dr. HumbaughLFCHD’s Kevin Hall and Dr. Kraig Humbaugh spoke at the event, as did Dr. Svetla Slavova, principal investigator for the grant and associate professor in the UK College of Public Health Department of Biostatistics. She is also a faculty member with the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center, bona fide agent for the Kentucky Department for Public Health. The purchase of Narcan® was supported by a grant 2014-PM-BX-0010 (Data-Driven Multidisciplinary Approaches to Reducing Prescription Abuse in Kentucky) awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice.

Media coverage for the event included the following (Lexington Community Radio also had three show hosts cover the event, including an interview in Spanish, but posts are not yet available):

The entire event can also be found on the LFCHD Facebook page: Narcan announcment (Facebook).

Oct. 6: National Disease Interventionist Specialist Recognition Day

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It’s National Disease Interventionist Specialist Recognition Day, and we honor our team members who work daily to help Lexington be well: Julie Moon, John Moses, Hailee Reed, Lynnsey McGarrh, Lisa McDonald and Marressa Starks-Baker (not pictured). They wear many hats and take on many roles to protect people across the nation. Whether tackling STD prevention, tuberculosis outbreak response, HIV exposure notification or emergency response, DIS bring a special set of skills and level of dedication matched by few in the field. We are honored for the opportunities to work alongside them and to call them our colleagues. Today, we honor you, DIS, and all that you do in the name of public health!

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