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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.

Baptist Health Medical plan features

For those of you who participate in the Baptist Health Medical plans, there are features you may not know…

Baptist Health offers numerous additional services to members enrolled in their health care plans. These are just a few of the additional services:

  • Nurse First: Baptist Health provides access to a registered nurse to answer health care concerns and questions for members 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The number is 1-800-391-6861.
  • Tobacco Cessation Coverage: Prescription and generic over-the-counter tobacco cessation products that are fully covered as part of the health care reform law when prescribed by a health care provider:
    • Prescription drugs covered: Bupropion SR, Chantix, Nicotrol inhaler, Nicotrol NS
    • Generic over-the-counter products covered: Generic Nicotine Gum, Generic Nicotine Lozenge, Generic Nicotine Transdermal Patch
  • Vitals SmartShopper: If your doctor has referred you for a medical service or diagnostic test, you can take advantage of the benefits of SmartShopper. If you have a choice of where the services are preformed visit vitalsmartshopper.com or call 855-869-2133 at least 24 hours before the test or procedure. After you choose a cost-effective facility with SmartShopper, they will mail your rewards check to your home within 60 days after your claim is paid (HMO Plans are not eligible for this service).

Star Wars Day and rabies clinic unite on LFCHD social media

Call it the “bark side of the Force.”

In honor of Star Wars Day on May 4 (as in “May the Fourth be with you”), the LFCHD social media accounts used famous Star Wars quotes to promote the upcoming rabies vaccination clinic.

The pictures, shown below, included text indicating the Star Wars Day connection for those who didn’t immediately get the connection with the quotes. If you’re not following LFCHD on Twitter and Facebook, check us out!

Fight the Bite: LFCHD hosts media event on mosquito control program

Changes to the way the health department fights mosquitoes each summer prompted a special media event Wednesday morning. Dr. Kraig Humbaugh and Barrett Schoeck talked to reporters about the updates, while Bailey Preston and Kevin Hall hosted a Facebook Live broadcast.

 

 

Welcome new employees!

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

Gwendolyn Holloman

Gwendolyn B. Holloman
School Health (part-time)

Welcome new employees!

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

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Cristian DePalma
Social worker specialist/HANDS

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Tommi Marquardt
Nurse specialist/School Health

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Cara Kay
Finance Officer/Admin

judy-martinez

Judy Martinez
Community Health Assistant/CHEE

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Valerie Freeman
Nurse specialist/School Health

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Tami Ross
Licensed diabetes educator/CHEE

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Shirley Powell
Nurse specialist/School Health

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Candy Guzman
Clinical services rep/Clinic

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Vivian Billings
Interpreter/HANDS

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Terri Gonzalez
Family support specialist/HANDS

Holiday safety tips from LFCHD preparedness staff

Our preparedness team offers the following tips for safety during the holiday season:

Christmas Tree Safety

Christmas trees account for hundreds of fires each year, according to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA). Keep your holiday trees well-watered.  Dry and neglected trees can easily catch fire from a short in electrical lights or lit candles, lighters and matches.

Before your tree burns your house down, be fire smart with these USFA tips:

·   Place the tree away from heat sources and exits.

· Use only non-flammable decorations.

· Inspect lights for frayed wires or other defects before use.

·  Don’t leave lights unattended and turn off holiday lights at night. Keep natural tree stands filled with water at all times and don’t let your holiday tree dry out.

· If the tree becomes dry, discard it.

Find extra holiday, Christmas tree and fire safety information, videos, and graphics on the U.S. Fire Administration Holiday Safety page.

Holiday and Travel Safety Toolkit

 

Help your community prepare for the holidays with the Ready.gov Holiday and Travel Safety Social Media Toolkit. Find holiday safety and preparedness information and graphics you can either copy and paste directly, or customize them to reach your audience.

The main tips for holiday and travel safety include:

· Stay off the road during and after a winter storm.

· Keep candles away from flammable materials or consider using flameless candles instead.

· Keep an eye on food when cooking.

· Put a winter supply kit in your car.

· Shop securely online over the holidays.

 

Avoid the “Invisible Killer”

Breathe easy this winter and avoid carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.

CO is called the “Invisible Killer” because it’s a colorless, odorless, and poisonous gas. According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), more than 150 people in the United States die every year from accidental nonfire-related CO poisoning associated with consumer products, including generators. Other products include faulty, improperly-used or incorrectly-vented fuel-burning appliances such as furnaces, stoves, water heaters, and fireplaces.

Protect your family from CO poisoning with these USFA tips:

· Install and maintain CO alarms in a central location outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of your home to provide early warning of CO.

· Use portable generators outdoors in well-ventilated areas away from all doors, windows, and vents.

· Make sure vents for the dryer, furnace, stove, and fireplace are clear of snow and other debris.

Learn the symptoms of CO poisoning and other CO safety information on the USFA Carbon Monoxide Safety page.

 

It’s National Influenza Vaccination Week!

We’re celebrating National Influenza Vaccination Week by encouraging all of Lexington to get a flu shot to protect their entire family!

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Child Care Health Consultation team wins community award

safe-kids-awardThe Child Care Health Consultation program (Holly Clendenin, Catherine Lowe and Sarah McMahan) received the 2016 Outstanding Community Partner Award from Safe Kids Fayette County.

Safe Kids is an injury prevention program operated through the Kentucky Children’s Hospital. The coalition is made up of various community partners and each year they award one partner that has gone above and beyond.

Sarah McMahan is our CCHC representative for the coalition. She attends a monthly meeting and participates in one or two of their activities each month. Activities have included booster seat and car seat safety checks; teaching pedestrian, water, and home safety classes; distributing safe sleep information and assisting with classes on safe sleep.

Congratulations to Holly, Catherine and Sarah for a job well done!

 

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