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NEW! LFCHD one of first in country to receive national accreditation
The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department announced today that it has achieved national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). The national accreditation program began in 2013 to improve consistency and quality among more than 3,000 state and local public health departments. LFCHD is one of a select group of five Kentucky health departments and 44 across the nation to be accredited to date.

”Achieving accreditation indicates that the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department is dedicated to improving and protecting the health of the community by striving to continuously improve the quality of the services it delivers,” said PHAB Board of Directors Chair Carol Moehrle, MD. ”Accreditation also promotes consistency in meeting standards. With an ever-increasing number of health departments now applying for and becoming accredited, you will be able to expect to receive the same quality of public health services wherever you go in the United States.”

“Lexington can be proud of our health department, and our health department is proud of Lexington,” said Dr. Rice Leach, Lexington’s commissioner of health. “We have been helping Lexington be well since 1904 and are among the first in the country to receive this national accreditation. This would not have happened without significant help from many other agencies, the University of Kentucky, the business community and several individuals.

Read more by clicking here.
NEW! July 2014 Mosquito-spraying schedule
To help control mosquitoes, we conduct mosquito-spraying activities throughout the summer. For spraying to be held, the wind speed must be less than 10mph, the temperature must be greater than 55 degrees Fahrenheit and there can be no rain or dense fog.

View our spraying schedule for July, as well as maps of our spray routes in Fayette County, by clicking here.

When spraying, we use Duet, a spray produced by Clarke Mosquito Control that has been rigorously tested for human and animal safety and registered for outdoor residential and recreational areas. Humans can go outside immediately after Duet is sprayed, and the product is not corrosive or staining, so there should be no damage to cars or houses.

You may have recently heard about chikungunya (CHIK-V), a virus found in patients traveling to the U.S. from other countries, which results from being bit by infected mosquitoes. Although we have not confirmed any cases in Fayette County at this time, you can find some general information and answers to frequently asked questions by clicking here.
Safety tips will help during holiday and summer picnics
One out of every six people get sick from a foodborne illness each year, and a few extra precautions can help keep your meals illness-free this year.

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department wants to increase awareness of food safety as people head into the summer picnic season. The following food safety guidelines can help you prevent the spread of food-borne illness from picnic meals shared with family and friends: keep hands clean; clean and sanitize surfaces often; separate – don’t cross-contaminate; be sure to wash all produce thoroughly before use; cook food to the proper internal temperature; refrigerate leftovers promptly -- when in doubt, throw it out!

To learn more details about these safety tips, click here.

NEW! July classes to help you lose weight/maintain weight-loss, eat healthy, provide breastfeeding support, manage diabetes & more

Breastfeeding Moms Club: Our breastfeeding support services staff have added an exciting, new (and free) program to its roster of classes. Join other breastfeeding moms with babies 6 months or younger to talk about the joys and challenges of breastfeeding: how to satisfy your baby, making enough milk, keeping things comfortable and going back to work or school. For more information, call the Breastfeeding Warm Line at (859) 288-2348. You can view upcoming class dates here.

Breastfeeding Basics: FREE class for expecting parents, which covers how to breastfeed, knowing baby gets enough and information about pumps/supplies. Two sessions offered monthly. Learn more about upcoming class dates and locations here.

Diabetes Health Chats: FREE monthly support groups held at five different locations in Lexington. Learn more here.

Eat, Move, Lose Weight Support Group: FREE support group appropriate for anyone wishing to lose weight or maintain weight loss. Share your struggles and ideas with others on the first and third Tuesdays of each month, held noon-1 p.m. at Clinic South, 2433 Regency Road. For more information, or to pre-register, call (859) 288-2446. 

 


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Change in services: Effective May 20, 2014, we are able to provide childhood vaccinations (must live in Fayette County, be 18 years or younger and be uninsured or underinsured). Limited appointments are available daily Monday-Friday, and appointments can be made up to a week in advance by calling the Public Health Clinic at (859) 288-2483.

Our Public Health Clinic at 805A Newtown Circle is no longer able to see patients for the following programs: family planning, adult immunizations and or physicals, breast/cervical cancer and pregnancy testing. HealthFirst Bluegrass Inc., a Federally Qualified Health Center, provides family planning, pregnancy testing and immunizations. For information, please call (859) 288-2425 or visit www.healthfirstlex.com.

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