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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.

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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

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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

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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!

 

Gilles receives lactation consultant certification

Mary Beth Gilles, a nutrition specialist in WIC, recently received her Certified Lactation Consultant certification.

“With this certification, I want to help raise the statistics of breastfeeding women and infants everywhere,” Gilles said. “There are so many benefits of breastfeeding for both mom and baby, including decreased risk of ovarian cancer, breast cancer and heart disease for women and overall better health for the baby. I am very excited to share the knowledge I have acquired with our clients at WIC and with my WIC team.”March 7 Mary Beth Gilles receives certification

Gilles is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University with a bachelor’s of health science degree in dietetics. She joined the health department two months after graduation and has been with the WIC program for almost two years.

Gilles says she knew nothing about breastfeeding when she started her job, but it “struck my interest immediately, and I began trying to absorb as much information as I could to help women become comfortable and confident in breastfeeding.”

The ability to share that information is one of Gilles’ favorite parts of working at the health department.

“There are so many aspects I love about my job,” she said, “but there are a couple of things that really exceeded my expectations. The WIC program has taught me so much about nutrition for pregnant/postpartum women, infants and children, and I continue to learn something new every day. I am beyond excited and forever grateful to start my journey as a CLC.”

March is National Nutrition Month

National Nutrition Month is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.

The theme for 2018 is “Go Further with Food.” The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics aims to encourage everyone to eat healthier while lowering your food budget and reducing food waste. Some ways we can go further with our food and still eat healthy are to plan meals and snacks in advance, freeze leftovers, and control portion sizes.

Nutritionists

  • Walton Robinson
  • Lilia Villegas
  • Megan Preston
  • Mary Beth Gilles
  • Heather Watson
  • Brittany Anstaett
  • Kelli Gould

Dietitians

  • Nancy Hiner
  • Cristina Hiten
  • Melissa Smith
  • Alyson Layne-Davidson
  • Tami Ross
  • Jenna Schwartz

We will be celebrating the month (and Registered Dietitian Day) with appearances on Healthy Times (93.9 FM) at 10 a.m. March 7 and WTVQ at 9 a.m. March 14.

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.

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