We provided 1,165 free flu shots at yesterday’s annual one-day clinic to test our emergency preparedness. Thanks again to everyone who made this event a success!
We also provided 28 free flu shots and 30 hepatitis A shots at Stand Down, an annual event helping homeless veterans.
Today is World Mental Health Day, and the World Health Organization (WHO) wants you to learn more about mental health conditions in adolescents. The WHO reports that suicide is the third leading cause of death in 15-19 year olds. The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services reports suicide as the second leading cause of death for Kentuckians ages 15-24. To learn more, visit the Kentucky Suicide Prevention Group. If you or someone you know is in crisis, contact a mental health professional, or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK.
Dr. Kraig Humbaugh joined Mayor Jim Gray, Commissioner of Social Services Chris Ford, and Sheriff Kathy Witt this morning as the City of Lexington received a $2 million federal grant to be used over four years to primarily fund naloxone kits to be distributed by the health department. Naloxone is used to reverse overdoses from opioids, including heroin. The city will also hire an overdose prevention coordinator to get people who have overdosed into treatment, Gray announced.
Learn more about the grant here!
You can also watch the entire press conference: Mayor Gray’s Facebook Live stream.
Sept. 19 was National Talk Like a Pirate Day (and yes, there really is a day for everything!), and we used the trending social media topic to promote our upcoming free flu shot clinic! You can watch the video below, and it’s also on our Facebook page for anyone who wants to share it.
A very special thanks to Laura Foley and Cristina Hiten, who eagerly agreed to take part in the video! Remember, if you’re interested in being used in future LFCHD promotional videos, please contact Bailey Preston or Kevin Hall to let them know!
We held an information session on hepatitis A, including providing vaccination, for clients and staff at the Chrysalis House. “We got our vaccinations!” the agency posted on Facebook. “It does not hurt. They will come to you. Thank you!”
Pictured below are Jill Keys, Karen Cecil, Ruth Stevenson, Tommi Marquardt, Deanna Bond, Debra Rickerd, Candy Medina and Dr. Kraig Humbaugh.
Three LFCHD public health nurses are now in North Carolina as part of a Kentucky response to Hurricane Florence. Stephanie Carpenter, Chris Smith and Heather Toews will be providing medical assistance to those in need after the hurricane hit the east coast over the last week.
You can learn more in this Facebook video (and please excuse the flipped image for the first few minutes; it rights itself later on and makes it easier to catch all the great information from our team)!
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:
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!