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Archive for the category “Outreach”

LFCHD offers breastfeeding area at Crave

We had a successful turnout at this past weekend’s Crave event in Lexington as we provided a private, air-conditioned area for moms to breastfeed! Special thanks to Green Box Air for donating the air-conditioned tent – we hear from many parents who were grateful to have the space! We also want to highlight our staff members who worked hard at the event and behind the scenes planning for the weekend: Doraine Bailey, Kelli Gould, Nancy Hiner, Sara McMahan, Zinder Morris and Megan Preston.

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!


A farm-fresh idea: LFCHD hosts Community Farmers’ Market

Vendors from Lexington Farmers’ Market and Bluegrass Farmers’ Market sold a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables Wednesday at the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department’s first Community Farmers’ Market.

“Public Health is about the prevention of diseases and the promotion of good health,” Communications Officer Kevin Hall said. “By bringing both farmers’ markets together for our staff, clients and neighborhoods, we are able to give better access to fresh fruits and vegetables and help educate customers on how to use them to improve their diet. Our Community Farmers’ Market will let us continue to help Lexington be well.”

Staff also could receive Wellness points by signing in after making a purchase and by getting their blood pressure checked by CHEE employees.

The event gave WIC a chance to let participants use their farmers’ markets vouchers on site. WIC participants can receive up to $20 in farmers’ market vouchers, and could increase the amount to more than $40 through various farmers’ market programs. WIC staff assisted clients on site, guiding them to the vendors’ tents and helping with any information they needed.

Additional Community Farmers’ Markets will be held:

  • 8 a.m.-2 p.m. July 5, 2433 Regency Road
  • 8 a.m.-2 p.m. July 12, 650 Newtown Pike
  • 8 a.m.-2 p.m. July 19, 2433 Regency Road
  • 8 a.m.-2 p.m. July 26, 650 Newtown Pike.

Be sure to watch our Facebook Live video to learn more: Community Farmers’ Market!

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.

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