Archive for August, 2010

Tackling Tobacco Player of the Week

August 30th, 2010

Tackling Tobacco

Kentucky’s Tobacco Quitline announces the launch of the TACKLING TOBACCO Player of the Week campaign to honor the best high school football players in the Commonwealth.  Each week of the 2010 football season, players, fans, family, and coaches can nominate a deserving player for the TACKLING TOBACCO Player of the Week honor.  Fans from across the state will vote for the weekly winner.  The winner will be announced each Friday.

The process begins with the first football game of the season on August 27.  Fans can nominate a deserving player at www.TheSportsFlash.com.  Nominations are accepted until noon on Monday.  “The Sports Flash” (TSF) Radio Network will announce the weekly nominees on Monday afternoon.  Visitors to the site will find a brief description of the student-athletes accomplishments on the playing field.  Fans from across the state will have the opportunity to vote for the weekly winner until 8:00 P.M. EDT on Thursday.  The weekly winner will be announced on Friday.  Each weekly winner will be eligible for the TACKLING TOBACCO Player of the Year honor.

“Once players are nominated, their fans get the word out in their school and community and encourage others to vote,” explains Mike Sinnott, president of “The Sports Flash” Radio Network.  “This is a great opportunity for the community to come together and recognize talented local athletes.”

TACKLING TOBACCO Player of the Week is sponsored by Kentucky’s Tobacco Quitline, which provides assistance to Kentuckians 15 years of age and older who want to break their addiction to tobacco.

“The nominees have worked hard on the field to ensure their team’s success,”  Sinnott says.  “Kentucky’s Tobacco Quitline works just as hard to ensure success for those wanting to quit using tobacco products.”

Kentucky’s Tobacco Quitline offers FREE telephone coaching to assist people wanting to quit using tobacco products.  By calling 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669), teens and adults can receive confidential, one-on-one assistance with tobacco cessation.  For additional information about Kentucky’s Tobacco Quitline, visit http://chfs.ky.gov/dph/info/dpgi/hp/quitline.htm or contact Jan Beauchamp at 502-564-9358 or via e-mail at Jan.Beauchamp@ky.gov.

TSF Radio Network has 38 network affiliates throughout Kentucky and will support the campaign with radio advertising.  TSF Radio Network has managed similar tobacco prevention campaigns in multiple states, including North Carolina, South Carolina, Wyoming, and Montana.  Previously, TSF Radio Network managed the Kentucky “No Spit” All-Stars campaign that targeted spit tobacco use.

For more information about the TACKLING TOBACCO campaign, contact TSF Radio Network’s Mike Sinnott at (517) 927-4570.  For additional information about Kentucy’s Tobacco Quitline, contact Quitline Coordinator Jan Beauchamp at (502) 564-9358 x 3817.

Are your children’s vaccines up to date?

August 16th, 2010

National Immunization Awareness MonthWe all need immunizations (also called vaccines or shots) to help protect us from serious diseases. To help keep our local community safe, during the month of August, the Martin County Health Department is proudly participating in National Immunization Awareness Month. Shots can prevent infectious diseases like measles, diphtheria, and rubella. But people in the U.S. still die from these and other vaccine-preventable diseases. It’s important to know which shots you need and when to get them.

Shots work best when they are given at certain ages. Here are some general guidelines:

• Children need a series of shots from birth to age 6.

• Pre-teens need recommended shots at age 11 or 12.

• All adults need a tetanus booster shot every 10 years. Starting at the age of 50, adults also need shots to prevent flu and pneumonia.

Talk to your doctor or local health department to find out which immunizations you and your children need. For more information, contact the Martin County Health Department at 606-298-7752.

Volunteers needed for Martin County Medical Reserve Corps

August 16th, 2010

The Martin County Medical Reserve Corps provides citizens of both medical and non-medical backgrounds with a way to respond to events such as the swine flu vaccination campaign, as well as other public health emergencies.

Anyone interested in joining the Medical Reserve Corps is invited to attend the next meeting on August 17, at the Roy F. Collier Community Center. A light snack will be provided.

The Martin County Medical Reserve Corps is a branch of the federal government’s Medical Reserve Corps program. Its goal is to provide a volunteer pool for the county that can enhance and support first responders, public health agencies and the health care infrastructure during a crisis. Volunteers could have opportunities to serve in their own community or for communities in need around Kentucky. Volunteers will be offered trainings throughout the year aimed at both basic functions and specialized skills.

Anyone age 18 or older is eligible, and people with both medical and non-medical training are encouraged to join.

For more information about the Medical Reserve Corps, please contact Richard Helton at 606-298-7752, or visit http://www.martincountyhealth.org/mrc

School Nurse Job Opening

August 16th, 2010

The Martin County Health Department is accepting applications for a full-time Local Health Nurse II. This position is located in the local county school system and is a ten (10) month (partial year) position.

General Duties include:  This position serves under the direction of the Nurse Supervisor.  Responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to; Perform work with increasing independence and may assume minimal mentoring of LHN I nurses.  Provide nursing care and assessment to the client consistent with the Public Health Practice Reference (PHPR), Nursing Scope and Standards of Practice.  Develop and implement a plan of care based upon identified health risks.  Document services provided to the client.  Stay updated with policies, procedures and licensing laws.  Maintain confidentiality and privacy according to guidelines.  Understand the team process and apply problem solving strategies to accomplish job tasks.  Participate in specialized or program specific clinics.  Participate in employee orientation and training.  Develop and conduct educational counseling and teaching activities for individual clients and families.  May serve as a coordinator of a specific program.

Minimum Education, Training or Experience: See special requirements.  One (1) year of Registered Nurse (RN) experience.

Substitution for Education, Training or Experience:  BSN or Masters Degree in Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Education or Public Health may substitute for one (1) year of experience.

Special Requirements:  (Age, Licensure, Regulation, Etc.)  Must have RN license in Kentucky or compact state.

Starting Salary:  $14.78 – $18.63/hr negotiable with additional experience.  Grade 18

If there is a lack of qualified applicants for the Local Health Nurse II classification,

the position may be filled from a Local Health Nurse I register.

Local Health Nurse I

General Duties include:  This position serves under the direction of the Nurse Supervisor.  Responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to; Provide basic entry level nursing care and assessments to the client consistent with the Public Health Practice Reference, Nursing Scope and Standards of Practice.  Establish policies, procedures and licensing laws.  Document services provided to the client according to standards of the PHPR and Administrative Reference (AR).  Maintain confidentiality and privacy according to guidelines.  Develop and conduct educational counseling and teaching activities for individual clients and families.  Utilize basic awareness of community resources and complete required trainings.

Minimum Education, Training or Experience: Must have RN license in Kentucky or compact state or provisional license in Kentucky, meeting all requirements of KRS 314.041 and approval to practice as Registered Nurse Applicant (RNA).

Starting Salary:  $14.07 – $17.56/hr negotiable with additional experience.  Grade 15

Applications may be obtained at the Martin County Health Department, 136 Rockcastle Road, Inez, KY or http://chfs.ky.gov/dph/lhdapp.htm

Completed application and transcript must be returned by close of business August 27, 2010 to Martin County Health Department, 136 Rockcastle Road, P.O. Box 346, Inez, KY 41224 to be given full consideration. Resume will not substitute for completed application. Applicants and employees in this classification may be required to submit to a drug screening test and background check.

Applications accepted after the closing date will be given consideration for future openings as they occur.

Equal Opportunity Employer

“Catch Up” Vaccines Available at Health Department

August 4th, 2010

The Kentucky Department for Public Health and the Kentucky Vaccine Program currently has funding to enhance vaccine efforts in young adults (aged 19 through 26 years). As a result of this special program, the Martin County Health Department will be offering these “catch up” vaccines at a discounted rate to young adults who are uninsured (no insurance) or underinsured (insurance does not cover vaccines).

Vaccines available in this program help to protect against the following vaccine preventable diseases: Human Papillomavirus (HPV), Tetanus, Diphtheria and “Whooping Cough”.

Vaccines help prevent many serious diseases and thus, improve the health and well-being of our community.

These vaccines will be administered by appointment and at low or no cost, depending on income. For further information or to make an appointment, call the health department at 606-298-7752.