Board of Health to hold special meeting and hearing May 8

The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Board of Health has rescheduled the special meeting previously set for 3 p.m. May 4, 2023, to occur during the monthly regular meeting of the Board of Health at 5:45 p.m. May 8, 2023, at the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Health Department building located at 650 Newtown Pike, Lexington, Kentucky, 40508. Attendance will be in person. The agenda can be found here: Board of Health Hearing Agenda for May 8.

Join us for a FREE Diabetes Expo!

Almost 14% of all Kentuckians have diabetes and 34% have prediabetes, making the state the 8th highest in the country for diabetes prevalence.

Learn how to prevent or manage diabetes! Join the Fayette County Diabetes Coalition for a FREE Diabetes Expo 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 29, at 1140 Harry Sykes Way (the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension office).

The event will feature more than 25 vendors with cooking demonstrations, Primary Care and Education services, vision screenings, Q&A with experts, free vaccines and much more!

Admission is FREE, but there will be a prize drawing for those who pre-register by calling 859-257-5582.

Nominate someone for the 2023 Dr. Rice C. Leach Public Health Hero Award

It is time to nominate people for the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department’s Dr. Rice C. Leach Public Health Hero Award. The award, now in its 20th year, is for individuals who have demonstrated their dedication to improving the health of Lexington residents.

Criteria for the selection of the award include:

  • Exemplary leadership and diligence in promoting public health;
  • Remarkable contributions and support in fostering public health programs; and
  • Work or actions that have impacted the community’s health in a positive way.

The Lexington-Fayette County Board of Health renamed the award in 2016 in honor of the late Dr. Rice C. Leach “so future generations will know what a true public health super hero is.” Leach, who served as Lexington’s Commissioner of Health for five years, died in April 2016 following a battle with cancer.

Past winners include Lexington Fire Department Battalion Chief Marc Bramlage and Dr. Sharon Walsh (2022), Pastor Richard Gaines and Consolidated Baptist Church (2021), Jon Parker (2020), Mark Johnson (2019), Dr. Svetla Slavova (2018), Kentucky State Sen. Reginald Thomas (2017), Dr. Leach (2016), Dr. Susan Pollack and Marian F. Guinn (2015), the Rev. Willis Polk and Baby Health Service (2014), Anita Courtney and Teens Against Tobacco Use (2013); Vickie Blevins-Booth and Jay McChord (2012); Jill Chenault-Wilson and Dr. Malkanthie McCormick (2011); Dr. Jay Perman (2010); the Lexington Lions Club (2009); Dr. David Stevens and the late Dr. Doane Fischer (2008); Dr. Ellen Hahn, Mary Alice Pratt and Therese Moseley (2007); Dr. Andrew Moore and Rosa Martin (2006); Jan Brucato and Dragana Zaimovic (2005); and Dr. John Michael Moore, Ellen Parks and Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government (2004). Dr. Robert Lam received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007.

If you know of someone to nominate for this award, please provide the following information:

  • Name, professional title and organization;
  • Phone number and e-mail address of nominee; and
  • Examples of why the person is worthy of the award. Descriptions should be no more than 200 words.
  • Your name and contact information.

How to Nominate Someone

Submit nominations here:

The deadline for submitting candidates is noon, Tuesday, March 7.

The Lexington-Fayette County Board of Health will make the final determination. The winner will receive special recognition from the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government. The awards are given each April as part of National Public Health Week.

Board selects new Commissioner of Health

Lexington will soon have a new Commissioner of Health: Dr. Sheila Owens-Collins formally accepted the job on Jan. 10 after the Lexington-Fayette County Board of Health approved her appointment at its regular meeting Jan. 9. Dr. Owens-Collins, who previously served as medical director of Health Equity-Innovations, Strategies and Outcomes Research at Johns Hopkins HealthCare, will begin the post on Tuesday, Jan. 17.

“I am excited to be part of a health department that is known for being leaders in public health,” Dr. Owens-Collins said. “It is an honor to have the Board of Health’s support in continuing the mission of helping Lexington be well.”

The Commissioner of Health position has been vacant since Dr. Joel McCullough’s resignation in July 2022, with Jessica Cobb serving as interim chief administrative officer.

“Dr. Owens-Collins will bring strong leadership as the next Commissioner of Health, which will benefit not only Lexington, but all of Kentucky,” said Dr. Rodney Jackson, chair of the Lexington-Fayette County Board of Health. “We are excited about the next steps for public health in central Kentucky.”

Dr. Owens-Collins earned a medical degree from the Baylor College of Medicine, a Master of Public Health degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, a Master’s in Business Administration from Rice University and an Executive Business MBA from Rice.

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Take the Community Needs Survey to help shape Lexington’s future

What are the biggest health needs for Lexington?

Help shape this city’s future by letting us know the top issues for health and well-being for you and your family! If you live or work in Fayette County and are 18 years or older, please take our survey before Dec. 16:

The online survey is currently available in English. Hard copies in English, Spanish, French and Swahili are available at the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department, 650 Newtown Pike, and all Lexington Public Library branches. Other languages can be provided by request; please contact Christy Nentwick at 859-288-2352 or for more information.

You can see our previous Community Health Assessment Plan at to help you learn more about how this information is put into practice!

2022 LFCHD Free Flu Shot Clinic scheduled for Oct. 13

Protect yourself, your family and your friends this fall and winter with a FREE flu shot! We’re giving up to 1,000 free flu shots 3-7 p.m. Oct. 13 at Consolidated Baptist Church, 1625 Russell Cave Road. Walk-ins are accepted, and registration blocks can be made at (En espanol:

Please stay home if you have currently tested positive for COVID-19, are under isolation or quarantine orders or are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. Masks are required for everyone ages 2 and older. The COVID-19 vaccine is not available at the one-day flu shot clinic.

“An annual flu shot is the best way to fight the flu each fall and winter,” LFCHD spokesperson Kevin Hall said. “The flu shot remains important this year as we remain in the COVID-19 pandemic. It can help reduce the overall impact on respiratory illnesses on the population, which will lessen the burden on our healthcare system during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

In addition to helping prevent you from getting sick with flu, a flu shot can reduce the severity of your illness if you do get flu and reduce your risk of a flu-associated hospitalization.

The seasonal flu shot is recommended for all people ages 6 months and older and is especially important for people at the highest risk of serious complications from the flu: infants and young children, pregnant women, anyone with underlying medical conditions and adults 50 and older.

• Everyone ages 2 and older MUST wear a mask throughout the event.
• When you arrive, please be prepared to provide the name of each person registered to receive a flu shot.
• Do not wear long-sleeve or tight-fitting clothing/tops since the vaccine will be given in your upper arm.
• The COVID-19 vaccine will NOT be available at this special clinic. The COVID-19 vaccine is available by same-day appointment Monday, Wednesday and Thursday in our Public Health Clinic. Call 859-288-2483 to schedule your COVID-19 vaccine.
• The monkeypox vaccine will NOT be available at this special clinic. The monkeypox vaccine is available by same-day appointment Monday, Wednesday and Thursday in our Public Health Clinic. Register online at to schedule your monkeypox vaccine.

LFCHD to offer COVID-19 boosters at special clinics

It’s time to protect your family, your friends and yourself with the safe, effective COVID-19 bivalent booster! If you got your last primary or booster dose at least 2 months ago, you can get the new booster for protection against the original strain and the Omicron variant.

We’re hosting two special clinics for the bivalent boosters, with registration for both now open at

  • Get the Pfizer booster for ages 12 years and older 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 22 at Consolidated Baptist Church, 1625 Russell Cave Road.
  • Get the Moderna booster for ages 18 and older 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 29 at Consolidated Baptist Church.

Anyone without internet access or needing help can call 859-899-2222.