We provided 1,165 free flu shots at yesterday’s annual one-day clinic to test our emergency preparedness. Thanks again to everyone who made this event a success!
We also provided 28 free flu shots and 30 hepatitis A shots at Stand Down, an annual event helping homeless veterans.
Three LFCHD public health nurses are now in North Carolina as part of a Kentucky response to Hurricane Florence. Stephanie Carpenter, Chris Smith and Heather Toews will be providing medical assistance to those in need after the hurricane hit the east coast over the last week.
You can learn more in this Facebook video (and please excuse the flipped image for the first few minutes; it rights itself later on and makes it easier to catch all the great information from our team)!
Some of our School Health nurses sent selfies from the first day of school in Fayette County, and we are ready to help students of all ages! Last year, our School Health nurses saw more than 44,000 visits to their health offices, helping Lexington be well by treating acute and chronic illness, health conditions, and injuries, health education, and disease prevention! We wish a safe and healthy school year to all the students, faculty, staff and nurses in Lexington!
You can find it here on Facebook; please consider sharing it with your family and friends!
World Breastfeeding Week starts today with a theme of “Foundation of Life.” We want to hear from you – share your breastfeeding experience to be included with the building blocks on the hallway in our WIC clinics at 650 Newtown Pike and 2433 Regency Road! Breastfeeding is a universal solution that levels the playing field, giving everyone a fair start in life. It improves the health, well-being and survival of women and children around the world. To learn more about our breastfeeding program, please call ext. 2348!
If you’re on social media, be sure to share our post so we can get more responses from the community. You can find it here on Facebook!
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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Doraine Bailey retired May 31 after almost 30 years providing breastfeeding support services to Lexington and Central Kentucky. Alyson Layne-Davidson will continue to ensure moms, babies and families receive high-quality care in her new role as our regional breastfeeding representative. Alyson, who has been a registered dietitian in our WIC program since 2013, starts the new position July 1 and has been working closely with Doraine to learn as much as possible from her years of experience. We appreciate Doraine’s long-time work helping Lexington be well and are excited about Alyson’s future with moms, babies and families!
Be sure to like and share our Facebook post about Alyson’s new position so the rest of Lexington and Central Kentucky can learn more: Facebook (Alyson & Doraine)!
We recently received the International Board Certified Lactation Consultants Care Award for excellence in lactation care. Join us in honoring our employees who are helping Lexington be well by providing breastfeeding education and support for families: Heather Watson, Kelli Gould, Alyson Layne-Davidson, Megan Preston, Lilia Villegas, Jenna Schwartz, Cristina Hiten, Mary Beth Gilles, Doraine Bailey, Rebekah Shoopman and Brittany Anstaett.
The IBCLC Care Award is given by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners and International Lactation Consultant Association in recognition for professionals with the IBCLC certification and providing a lactation program for breastfeeding families.
Doraine Bailey and John Moses received Kentucky Public Health Association awards April 26. We salute them for their work in helping Lexington be well!
Congratulations to our Doraine Bailey, the 2018 winner of the Kentucky Public Health Association’s Helen B. Fraser Maternal and Child Health Award, given annually to honor someone who has made an exceptional contribution to the health and well-being of mothers and children in Kentucky. Doraine, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, received the award for her work educating Lexington parents about the health benefits of breastfeeding.
The following is the nomination recognizing Doraine:
Doraine Bailey will talk to anyone, anytime, anywhere about the benefits of breastfeeding. In some situations, this could potentially be awkward, but Doraine has an innate ability to disarm discomfort, making the conversation as relaxed and natural as the topic itself.
In my time at the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department, she has conducted numerous interviews, often with little notice. It doesn’t matter – she can fill an hour-long interview or a 30-second soundbite with ease, providing the information in easy-to-understand language.
Recently, Doraine has given special consideration to groups who have traditionally been outside the standard breastfeeding conversation. She wants to make sure every parent, no matter religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation or income background, feels part of the benefits offered by breastfeeding. By learning more about their backgrounds, including potential obstacles, she is able to speak more directly to the potential clients, allowing their voices to be heard, reminding them that they are important to us.
Over the past few months, Doraine has started talking about the possibility of retiring. It’s something she has most certainly earned, but selfishly, I want her to stay as long as possible – her knowledge, her passion is unparalleled. Because of that, it is with great
pleasure I nominate Doraine for the Helen B. Fraser Maternal and Child Health Award.
Congratulations to our John Moses, the 2018 winner of the Kentucky Public Health Association’s Paul Mason Memorial Award, given annually to honor a Kentuckian who has made a significant contribution to benefit our most vulnerable population – the indigent and uninsured. John, who is a linkage navigator ensuring HIV patients get into medical care, received the award for his contributions to Lexington’s needle exchange program!
The following is the nomination recognizing John:
“We have to get past the thinking that they’re ‘junkies behind a dumpster.’”
That comment, made in March 2015, paved the way for the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department’s approach to our needle-exchange program. To make it a success, everyone involved had to get past the notion that the clients would somehow be “lesser” humans, the clichés we’ve seen time and again in movies, TV and various pop culture. Instead, they are “somebody’s mother, father, brother, sister, lover, friend – they mean something to someone. They should mean something to us, too.”
Since opening in September 2015, our program has served more than 2,200 individuals, all of whom have their own stories, unique to them despite their shared addiction. Some are homeless; some are professionals; some are young, fresh-faced, almost as if they arrived straight from the University of Kentucky’s campus; some are older, weathered, withered, their bodies likely belying their actual age. All, however, are human, a fact we are reminded of time and again, even (perhaps particularly) whenever we get too bogged down in the numbers of our program. Sure, the epidemiology side of the program is amazing — all the used needles taken in, the hepatitis C and HIV tests given – but there are some things you can’t measure: chances, second, third, beyond; lives changed; lives saved. How do you measure the look on a mother’s face when they thank us for what we’ve done, what we’ve provided?
The men and women who walk through our needle-exchange program are some of Lexington’s most-vulnerable population, a drug-injecting community, often with no insurance, no home, no hope. No matter where they come from, no matter where they’ve been, though, we are there, letting them know that between these doors and under this roof, they matter. They are more than “junkies behind a dumpster.”
That’s why I’m honored to nominate for the Paul Mason Memorial Award, given annually to honor a Kentuckian who has made a significant contribution to benefit our most vulnerable population – the indigent and uninsured – the man who first said the above quote to remind of us the humanity we serve: John Moses, of the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department.
The Tuberculosis (TB) team works hard to provide Direct Observed Therapy (DOT) to patients receiving treatment for TB treatment. The standard regimen is six to nine months. However, due to challenges that they must overcome they sometimes work longer to provide medications to those patients. This week they celebrated the hard work of TB nurse Donna Lassanske and the rest of the TB team as a difficult case was completed.