52 Weeks to Health: Week 22, Teen Pregnancy

May is National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month  The teen birth rate has been steadily falling for years, but it still remains the highest teen pregnancy rate in the industrialized countries. About eighty-five percent of these pregnancies are unplanned, which in any population can increase the risk for problems. The biggest risk for teen mothers is delaying prenatal care or worse, about seven percent received no care at all. The Rates of Teen Pregnancy/Appalachian Counties In 2019, a total of 194,377 babies were born to women aged 15–19 years, for a birth rate of 18.8 per 1,000 women in this age […]

52 Weeks to Health: Week 21, Tobacco

Tobacco: A Winnable Battle Tobacco use is the number one cause of preventable death in the United States and around the world.   Tobacco killed one hundred million people worldwide in the 20th century — and if current trends continue, it will kill one billion people in the 21st century.  Every year, tobacco kills more than 480,000 Americans and six million people worldwide. A Winnable Battle  We know how to win the fight against tobacco. Science and experience have identified proven, cost-effective strategies that prevent kids from smoking, help smokers quit and protect everyone from secondhand smoke. These strategies include: Higher […]

52 Weeks to Health: Week 20, Hepatitis Awareness Month

May is Hepatitis Awareness Month and May 19th is Designated Hepatitis Testing Day Are you at risk? Take the Hepatitis Risk Assessment. Hepatitis or inflammation of the liver can be caused by viruses, medication, toxins, excessive alcohol intake but most commonly by viruses named Hepatitis A, B or C. Hepatitis A Hepatitis A is a contagious liver infection caused by the hepatitis A virus. People who get hepatitis A may feel sick for a few weeks to several months but usually recover completely and do not have lasting liver damage. The hepatitis A virus is found in the stool and blood […]

52 Weeks to Health: Week 19, Wash Your Hands

Hand Hygiene When Should You Wash Your Hands? Before, during, and after preparing food Before eating food Before and after caring for someone who is sick Before and after treating a cut or wound After using the toilet After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste After handling pet food or pet treats After touching garbage How to Wash Your Hands? Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap. Lather […]

Lisa Anderson named Employee of the Year 2021

Lisa Anderson was awarded Employee of the Year 2021.  She has worked tirelessly, going above and beyond on numerous occasions as well as taking on additional responsibilities due to the COVID response. I will say that this year (as well as 2020) has been much more difficult than normal to select this winner due to how exceptionally ALL health department staff have responded with grace and effort under the demands of the pandemic. L-R: Laura Woodrum, Director of Nursing; Amy Tomlinson, Executive Director; Lisa Anderson, Adm. Secretary; Dr. Weyman, Medical Director

Kathy Barber named Employee of the Month for March 2022

Kathy was actually nominated twice for two different situations. One was a testimonial from a HANDS parent who sang her praises and thanked her for her services and kindness. The second nomination was from a co-worker who Kathy helped when the co-worker was involved in a scary and very inconvenient traffic accident. Kathy has demonstrated her willingness to go above and beyond for her families and friends numerous times. Please join me in congratulating Kathy! Well done! Pictured L-R:  Amy Tomlinson, Executive Director; Kathy Barber, FSW 3; Amy Piercy, LHN 4.

Michelle Wesley named Employee of the Month for February 2022

Michelle Wesley was recently named the February 2022 Employee of the Month. Her nomination was for going above and beyond by helping the IT department with some technical support outside of her HANDS duties. In fact, Michelle is so helpful and good with technology, the IT guys have referred to her as the “unofficial” fourth member of the IT team!  Michelle is always kind and helpful and willing to go out of her way for others. Pictured L – R:  Amy Piercy, LHN Team Leader; Michelle Wesley, SSSA 2; Amy Tomlinson, Executive Director; Sylvia Ferrell, Nurse Administrator.

Vicky Albertson named Employee of the Month January 2022

Vicky Albertson was recently named the January 2022 Employee of the Month. Her nomination was for going above and beyond in helping LCDHD get full CDC recognition of the DPP Program (one of only 7 health departments in this state with this distinction). Vicky goes the extra mile for her diabetes groups and classes by creating videos, developing games and challenges and being an individual coach for her participants. She has worked extra hard to maintain participation during the move to the virtual world. Pictured L to R: Jamie Lee, Wellness Outreach and Education Coordinator; ; Vicky Albertson, LHN3 ; and […]

52 Weeks to Health: Week 18, Oral Cancer

Oral Cancer The Oral Cancer Foundation states 145 Americans will be newly diagnosed per day with oral cancer.  Close to 54,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year. It will cause over 9,750 deaths, killing roughly 1 person per hour. Most oral and oropharyngeal cancers are attributed to tobacco use, alcohol use, or HPV-16 virus exposure. When found at early stages of development, oral cancers can have an 80 to 90 % survival rate. Unfortunately, at this time, the majority are found as late-stage cancers.  The death rate attributed to late-stage cancer is about 43% at five years […]

52 Weeks to Health: Week 17, World Immunization Week

World Immunization Week – celebrated every year in the last week of April – aims to promote the use of vaccines to protect people of all ages against disease. Immunization saves millions of lives every year and is widely recognized as one of the world’s most successful health interventions. Yet, there are still nearly 20 million children in the world today who are not getting the vaccines they need, and many miss out on vital vaccines during adolescence, adulthood and into old age. Using the theme ‘Long Life for All’, World Immunization Week 2022 will urge greater engagement around immunization […]