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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.

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

valerie-freeman

Valerie Freeman
Nurse specialist/School Health

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Tami Ross
Licensed diabetes educator/CHEE

shirley-powell

Shirley Powell
Nurse specialist/School Health

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Candy Guzman
Clinical services rep/Clinic

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Vivian Billings
Interpreter/HANDS

terri-gonzalez

Terri Gonzalez
Family support specialist/HANDS

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