The mission of the Lexington Safe
Communities Coalition is to improve the health, safety, and quality of life of community members and visitors. This is
accomplished in part by addressing preventable injuries and increasing safety.
Major Medical Facilitates
Lexington boasts 6 regional
major medical including level one trauma hospital located within the city of Lexington.
Smoke Free Lexington
Lexington-Fayette Urban County
Government was the first Kentucky community to enact a smoke-free ordinance in 2003, restricting smoking inside all buildings open to the public including restaurants and bars. The law went into effect in April 2004 after the KY Supreme Court upheld the ordinance. As Lexington is located in the burley tobacco belt, this event was a ‘sea change’ for the Midwest and Southern regions of the U.S. and a role model for other communities in Kentucky and the region. As of January 1, 2019, 51 KY communities have smoke-free laws. Lexington’s law was extended to restrict smoking in all workplaces (e.g., manufacturing facilities) in 2008 and to prohibit e-cigarette use indoors in 2014.
The University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging (SBCoA) basic and clinical scientists work together to improve the health of the elderly in Kentucky and
beyond through research dedicated to understanding the aging process and age-related brain diseases, and education, outreach and clinical programs that promote healthy brain aging.
The city of Lexington boasts 120 city maintained parks including an equestrian program, a nature sanctuary, multiple ballfields and playgrounds, skate parks and trails.
In 2018 The Lexington Fire Department launched a pilot program exploring Community Para-medicine, a new service that would enable firefighters to take a more comprehensive approach to the care of patients who have a high dependence on E-911. This includes home visits,
education and individual assessment they help patients get connected with community resources, a primary care provided and other social services which helps create a better safer quality of life.