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Community Health Status & Assessment

The assessment and community health improvement plan are part of a large project to get the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board. One of the main pillars of the accreditation process is accountability and this plan will help us be more accountable to the community.

The Community Health Status Report is designed to give a snapshot of Fayette County in terms of health outcomes, morbidities, and demographics. Using a collection of primary and secondary data sources, the report compiles a wide range of measures ranging from Educational Attainment to Air Quality to Breast Cancer rates.

The purpose of the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program is to help communities identify and implement solutions that make it easier for people to be healthy in their homes, schools, workplaces, and neighborhoods. The program also look at a variety of measures that affect the future health of communities, such as high school graduation rates, access to healthy foods, rates of smoking, obesity, and teen births. The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department uses the rankings in collaboration with other data, such as the Community Health Assessment, to identify and garner support for local health improvement initiatives and grants.

The Community Health Assessment is a collection of all of the community assessment information that has been compiled at the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department from 2010-2012 and serves as the foundation for the community health improvement plan for the Lexington-Fayette County area.

The assessments include:

1) Themes and Strengths Assessment, compiled June 2011 (pages 2-3; Appendix A pages 25-35)

2) Local Public Health Performance Assessment, compiled July 2011 (page 4; Appendix B pages 36-63)

3) Forces of Change Assessment, compiled June 2011 (pages 4-8)

4) Focus Group Assessment, compiled January 2010 (pages 8-19; Appendices C & D pages 64-67)

5) Community Health Status Report, compiled 2011 (pages 19-22)

6) Community Resources and Assets, compiled 2012 (pages 23-24)

Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP)

The Lexington-Fayette County Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) was approved in May 2012 and will guide Lexington through 2017 in addressing main concerns in our community.

The Lexington-Fayette County Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnership (MAPP) Coalition was formed in June 2011 and is supported by the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department (LFCHD). The Coalition followed a community health improvement planning model developed by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (2008) in cooperation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), called Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP). The Coalition assessed Lexington-Fayette County’s strengths and needs and formulated a plan to address the identified concerns.

The Lexington-Fayette County MAPP Coalition identified strategic issues by exploring the combined results of the five aforementioned assessments. This strategic issue identification process occurred over a series of meetings and stakeholder sessions. The identified issues reflect the most salient findings that need to be addressed in order to fulfill the Coalition’s strategic plan and to improve the health of the Lexington-Fayette County community.

To address the strategic issues identified through MAPP process, the Lexington-Fayette County MAPP Coalition developed and prioritized three primary goals and generated potential strategies to meet those goals. The goals are as follows:

1. Reduce the prevalence of obesity in the community

2. Assure safe neighborhoods

3. Reduce the rate of unemployment in the community


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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 650 Newtown Pike is no longer able to see patients for the following programs: adult immunizations/physicals and breast/cervical cancer.

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