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Targeted Prevention takes part in drug awareness health event

Targeted Prevention

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:




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:

Feb 8 condom display 2



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


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!

CHEE attends Lexington Fire Department Festival

On Sunday, October 1, CHEE attended the 2017 Lexington Fire Department Festival. Nancy Hiner, Catherine Lowe, Angela Brumley-Shelton, and Melissa Smith provided a booth. They took checked the participants’ blood pressure and gave out education materials about tobacco cessation, diabetes, nutrition, safe sleep, child abuse prevention ,and Halloween safety.


CHEE reps LFCHD at Roots & Heritage Festival

Roots and Heritage

We provided health information Sept. 9 at the annual Lexington Roots & Heritage Festival. Attendees completed interactive handouts to assess their risk of Type 2 diabetes, with information on resources provided for pre-diabetes, diabetes and weight loss classes. Our Community Health Equity and Education team also distributed information on health department services, including Safe Sleep for Infants, heat stroke, care safety, child care and much more. They also gave away a variety of items, such bandage holders from Safe Kids Fayette County, Zika coloring books and CCHC cloth bags.

CHEE representatives Holly Clendenin, Catherine Lowe,  Nancy Hiner, Devon Millsaps and Sara McMahan worked the event, and Rick Cundiff helped with the set up and take down of the booth at the event.

Cobb reps LFCHD at Overdose Awareness Day


Jessica Cobb, our Community Health officer, volunteered her time Saturday at Voices Of Hope-Lexington, Inc.‘s Overdose Awareness Day 2017 event. The annual event brings the community together to mourn those we’ve lost to addiction and to find new ways to work together to provide help.

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