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Needle-exchange program celebrates 3rd anniversary

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Three years ago today we opened our needle-exchange program. On that Sept. 4, nine people walked through the doors to turn in used needles for new needles in an effort to fight the spread of hepatitis C and HIV. We’ve grown quite a bit:

  • expanding into a larger area in the Dr. Rice C. Leach Community Room at our main building at 650 Newtown Pike;
  • adding a new day and hours (3-6 p.m. Wednesday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday);
  • providing on-site referrals to recovery centers through Lexington’s Department of Social Services, Chrysalis House and Bluegrass.org;
  • offering free Narcan (from grants through the University of Kentucky College of Public Health and DrugFree Lex) to reverse opioid overdoses (available 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday).

Through our program, we’ve served more than 2,880 people and taken in more than 532,000 used needles, keeping them out of our community’s parks, playgrounds and streets and protecting you from hepatitis C and HIV! We’ve also had 138 people enter recovery programs, giving them a new chance at a sober life!

Thanks to everyone who has helped support our needle-exchange program the last three years! We look forward to its continued growth and success in helping Lexington be well!

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)!

Bailey retiring after 27 years at LFCHD

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We celebrated Doraine Bailey’s retirement, after 27 years helping moms and families learn more about the benefits of breastfeeding. Bailey, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, has received numerous state and national awards during her time with us, including the 2018 Kentucky Public Health Association’s Helen B. Fraser Maternal and Child Health Award given to honor someone who has made an exceptional contribution to the health and well-being of mothers and children in Kentucky. We wish Doraine a happy retirement and thank her for her time helping Lexington be well!

Be sure to like and share our Facebook post about Doraine’s retirement so others in Lexington can learn more about all she’s done for moms, babies and families in Kentucky: Facebook (Doraine’s retirement)!

LFCHD gives 185 free flu shots

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department provided 185 free flu shots Tuesday evening at its special one-night-only clinic for the community. Flu shots continue to be provided, for a fee, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Thursday in the Public Health Clinic.

The event received news coverage from WKYT, WLEX and WTVQ.

Bailey and Beatty celebrate retirement

We celebrated Elaine Bailey and Yvonne Beatty’s retirement this week. Bailey has 24 years of service and Beatty has 27 years of service. They have both been vital in our mission of helping Lexington be well! We wish them both a happy retirement!

Elaine Yvonne retirement

Elaine Bailey’s retirement party:

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Yvonne Beatty’s retirement party:

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World AIDS Day 2017

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Today is World AIDS Day!

Countries across the globe are uniting with a common theme for World AIDS Day, held every Dec. 1. “End isolation. End stigma. End HIV transmission,” information on worldaidsday.org states. “This World AIDS Day, join the fight to end the negative impact of HIV.”

In Lexington, start by knowing your status. In Kentucky, as many as 25 percent of the people with HIV don’t know they have it. Getting tested is the first step in allowing HIV-positive individuals to begin medical treatment, which is important to live a long, healthy life.

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department offers free, confidential HIV tests 8:30-11 a.m. every Friday at 650 Newtown Pike. An oral HIV antibody tests takes about 20 minutes for results, and a fingerstick takes 1-15 minutes. If either test comes back reactive, free confirmatory testing is available.

It doesn’t stop with testing, though. The health department provides referrals for HIV-positive people to HIV care, support services and support groups, all of which work to improve daily life for those who have HIV. As of June 30, 2016, Kentucky had 9,928 people reported as living with HIV, including 947 in Fayette County. Our goal is to help each of those people live healthy lives and to help stop the spread of future HIV cases throughout the Bluegrass.

Celebration of Life poster for world aids day 2017 (003)World AIDS Day is also a chance to celebrate, and this year, we’ll be part of Bluegrass Pride’s “Celebration of Life” 7-9 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Lyric Theatre, 300 E. Third St. This free event will feature a variety of musicians and performers, refreshments and anonymous HIV testing from AVOL. This special event helps remind the community “there is still life with HIV,” so make plans today to attend!

You can also check out our Healthy Times radio interview about World AIDS Day with Mark Johnson and Charles Crutcher: Healthy Times radio interview.

The first segment of the show was also featured on Facebook Live: Healthy Times World AIDS Day Facebook Live.

 

Welcome new employees!

Please take a moment to welcome the newest employees of the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department.

Matthew Bone

Matthew Bone
IT Manager

Lexington Public Library provides digital bookshelf

Nov. 15 digital library

Be sure to check out the new digital bookshelf in the front lobby, courtesy of our friends at the Lexington Public Library! Complete instructions for checking out a book are on the display, but it’s as simple as scanning the poster with your phone/tablet and having an account with the library.

The sign will be updated every few months to allow for new titles.

Cobb reps LFCHD at Overdose Awareness Day

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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.

Community Farmers’ Market a success for WIC participants!

marketA total of 276 WIC clients received a combined $5,520 in vouchers for the Community Farmers’ Markets held every Wednesday starting June 28 through July 26.

The event gave WIC a chance to let participants use their farmers’ markets vouchers on site. WIC participants received up to $20 in farmers’ market vouchers, and could increase the amount to more than $40 through various farmers’ market programs. WIC staff assisted clients on site, guiding them to the vendors’ tents and helping with any information they needed.

650 Newtown Pike

  # Clients Served # Checks Issued $ Worth
6/28 56 280 $1120
7/12 49 245 $980
7/26 54 270 $1080
TOTAL 159 795 $3180

2433 Regency Road

  # Clients Served # Checks Issued $ Worth
7/5 72 360 $1440
7/19 45 225 $900
TOTAL 117 585 $2340

Combined

# Clients Served # Checks Issued $ Worth
276 1380 $5520

Special thanks to the entire WIC team for their work in planning this successful community event and to the CHEE team for helping with blood pressure checks.

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