We’re kicking off National Health Education Week this week! Today is about making health for all a reality. The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department recognizes that the health and well-being of communities are dependent on the physical, social, environmental and economic factors present in these communities. Communities that are under-resourced and under-represented, with health inequities that are most evident, have historically been silenced and ignored. They have had their trust violated with regard to economic and educational opportunities, environmental safety, access to health care, quality health care service delivery and education and their overall ability to thrive. Our dedicated health educators work daily to help Lexington be well. Pictured are, left to right, Laura Martinez, Catherine Lowe, Elaine Bailey, Tami Ross, Angela Brumley-Shelton, Elayne Hollinger and Tara Mason. Not pictured are Holly Clendenin, Emily Ginter, Nancy Hiner, Sarah McMahan, Ruben Perez, Dave Peterson and Melissa Smith.
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!
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.
Congratulations to Sarah McMahan for receiving a “Safety Star” award for her work as a community partner on the Safe Kids Fayette County Coalition for the April-June 2017 quarter. The organization is based within the University of Kentucky Children’s Hospital and focuses on injury prevention education for the community.
On Aug. 2, Doraine Bailey, Mary Beth Gilles, Cristina Hiten, and Megan Preston attended Lactation on the Levee in Newport, KY. This continuing education course covered topics like, “Breastfeeding on the Insulin Dysregulation Spectrum,” “Recognizing When Things are Heading South: Investigating for Low Milk Production,” “Hypoplastic Breast Syndrome: The Hot New Diagnosis?” and “Counseling the High Need Mother.” The program featured Lisa Marasco, co-author of The Breastfeeding Mother’s Guide to Making More Milk, a contributing author to the Core Curriculum for Lactation Consultants, and a new Cochrane Collaborative author. She is employed by WIC of Santa Barbara County.
On Saturday, July 15, our diabetes team, Nancy Hiner, Tara Mason, and Tami Ross participated in the annual Diabetes Fun Camp. We were excited to partner with WEDCO District Health Department, Jessamine County Health Department, and other great community partners! Check out some of the great pictures from the day:
As part of each section’s annual team-building exercises, administrative employees participated in the Breakout games. Split into three teams, each group had 60 minutes to use various clues to work together to unravel the mysteries hidden inside each room.
The Derby Heist team successfully broke out in just under 53 minutes! Nicely done, Jason Foley, Bailey Preston, Christy Nentwick, Teresa McCarty, Gigi McCann, Misty Rasche, Jill Keys and Estephany Romero.
Catherine Lowe, Child Care Health Consultant (CCHC) Trainer, attended the Pediatric Obesity Mini Collaborative-Improvement-Innovation Network (CoIIN) June 13-14, 2017 in Minneapolis, MN. Kentucky’s team consists of representatives from DPH, the Fayette County Cooperative Extension Office, Child Care Aware, and CCHC. The aim of the Pediatric Obesity Mini CoIIN is to embed policies/practices that support healthy weight behaviors in early care and education systems. The long-term goal is to increase the percentage of healthy weight in children 2-5 years old. The intent of the Pediatric Obesity Mini CoIIN is to engage state teams in a quality improvement process to support and enhance the work of improving nutrition and physical activity in early care and education (ECE) settings.
“It was a wonderful experience to meet so many professionals from other states and hear their stories about how they are helping ECE settings stay healthy. We learned successful strategies from other states and the CDC,” said Lowe. “We heard best practices from Dr. Robert Murray from the Ohio State University. I appreciated having this wonderful learning experience.”
Congratulations to Sara Gabbard, Human Resource Generalist! She was selected as Sullivan Lexington’s June “Alum of the Month”! Read Sullivan’s write-up about Sara below to find out more:
“Being chosen is an honor; not only on a personal level, but also as a Fayette County community partner,” said Sara of being selected as Alum of the Month. Having graduated with her Executive Masters of Business Administration, the program “fell at an opportune time” and she knew this level of education would set her apart from others. The program was a good fit for her due to the flexibility of online learning, so she could work toward her degree without negatively impacting her job.
Sara currently works for the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department in Human Resources. She handles many aspects of HR, including recruiting, Workers’ Compensation, FMLA, training, and employee relations. “Human Resources has evolved to become more of a strategic role in today’s business.” She is “in the business of people every day, whether it be an internal or external customer.”
Her favorite thing about Sullivan, and specifically the EMBA program, is the “invaluable knowledge gained from others in class.” She stays connected and participates in Sullivan’s mock interviews with current students. “It is encouraging to know that Sullivan University is still turning out graduates who are eager to join the work force for his/her first time or venture an entirely new career path.” Sara finds her career at Lexington-Fayette County Health Department very fulfilling, and she is “looking forward to helping them move into the next phase, which is helping find the balance between [their] millennial population and the baby boomer generation.”
Sara’s advice: “From my experience, I think it is important to realize that immediate gratification is not always the best avenue. There is something to be said for those who hold out for a bigger picture. Money, though important, is not always the most important factor when finding your dream job. Sometimes a lesser-paying job is often more rewarding because the grass is not always greener. Tie a monetary value to every perk and benefit offered by a company, then weigh every pro and con before making a decision on a job offer.”