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Health advocates offer tips for getting reluctant local governments to approve syringe exchange programs

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Kentucky leads the nation in syringe exchanges for drug users, as a way to prevent the spread of disease, but local officials in some counties at risk of disease outbreaks from intravenous drug use have resisted pleas from experts to allow exchanges. At a public-health panel discussion at the University of Kentucky, advocates of the exchanges shared some advice...

Mark Johnson named Dr. Rice C. Leach Public Health Hero by Lexington-Fayette County Health Department

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department’s Board of Health has selected Mark Johnson as the 2019 Dr. Rice C. Leach Public Health Hero. The award is given annually to individuals who have demonstrated their dedication to improving the health of Lexington residents. The winner is announced each April as part of National Public Health Week (April 1-7). Johnson received his Master of Science in...

LFCHD’s Board of Health selects Dr. Svetla Slavova named 2018 Dr. Rice C. Leach Public Health Hero

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department’s Board of Health has selected Dr. Svetla Slavova as the 2018 Dr. Rice C. Leach Public Health Hero. The award is given annually to individuals who have demonstrated their dedication to improving the health of Lexington residents. The winner is announced each April as part of National Public Health Week (April 2-8, 2018). Dr. Svetla Slavova Dr. Slavova...

Heroin and prescription opioid abuse in Louisville focus of conversation, training this week

A timely conversation on prescription opioid abuse and the national heroin epidemic is among the events scheduled during National Public Health Week, April 4-10. The University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences (SPHIS) Student Council is joining the U of L PEACC Center, BRICC Coalition and other groups to host a panel discussion and training on Wednesday, April 6 from 7:30...