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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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Layne-Davidson to be new regional breastfeeding representative

Doraine and AlysonDoraine 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)!

LFCHD honored for excellence in lactation care

IBCLC award staff

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.

Bailey, Moses win Kentucky Public Health Association awards

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Doraine Bailey and John Moses received Kentucky Public Health Association awards April 26. We salute them for their work in helping Lexington be well!

 

Doraine Bailey

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.

Doraine BaileyRecently, 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.

John Moses

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.’”

John MosesThat 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.

Lassanske and TB team complete difficult case

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.

TB team

National Public Health Week social media campaign highlights employees

During National Public Health Week last week, we highlighted LFCHD employees through a series of photos and videos on social media. Several of your co-workers volunteered to share how they help Lexington be well. All of the posts were well-received by our followers! We encourage you to check out the videos and posts during your free time. You can find them at http://www.facebook.com/lfchd. Below are some of the staff members that contributed to the social media campaign:

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!

Breeding featured speaker at KY TB Update for Physicians and Clinicians

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The Southeastern National Tuberculosis Center (SNTC) presents the Kentucky Tuberculosis Update for Physicians and Clinicians on Thursday, March 29 in Bowling Green. Sandra Breeding, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC will be one of the featured speakers at the training. Find out more: http://sntc.medicine.ufl.edu/Training.aspx?Id=447#.Wnr46a6nFhE.

It’s International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC)/Lactation Support Staff Day

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We join the international campaign that focuses on deepening the connections International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) have with families, health care providers and the community by taking a moment to thank the IBCLCs making a difference in the lives of families throughout Lexington and Central Kentucky.

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department has one IBCLC, Doraine Bailey, offering families breastfeeding support in person and over the phone. Cristina Hiten and Mary Beth Gilles are Certified Lactation Consultants, and Alyson Layne-Davidson and Kelli Gould are Certified Lactation Specialists.

We are grateful for the work of all the IBCLCs, mother-to-mother support leaders, and others helping breastfeeding families. Because of their hard work, Lexington continues to lead the state in the number of babies starting out breastfeeding.

If you or someone you know would like more information about breastfeeding support, just call the health department’s Breastfeeding Warm Line at (859) 288-2348.

Diabetes program earns high state ranking

March 6 diabetes audit

Our “Healthy Living with Diabetes Program” tied for second place in statewide rankings of the Kentucky Diabetes Prevention and Control Program’s Diabetes Program Scorecards! They exceeded the statewide average by 71 points, demonstrating the quality work with resources given to our program. Congratulations to Tami Ross, Tara Mason, Melissa Smith and Nancy Hiner! Call us at 859-288-2446 for help with your diabetes!

 

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