On Wednesday, February 27, 2013, over 140 local policy makers, law enforcement representatives and key community leaders met at Concordia University in Irvine to learn firsthand of the issues Orange County faces when tackling the prevention of alcohol and/or drug impaired driving.
The Summit was a collaborative effort, spearheaded by the Orange County DUI Task Force, Office of Orange County 3rd District Supervisor Todd Spitzer, HCA’s Alcohol and Drug Education and Prevention Team (ADEPT), Automobile Club of Southern California and MADD Orange County. The goals of this day-long event included gaining a greater understanding of current DUI trends; identifying evidence-based prevention strategies; and reviewing case studies on what’s making a difference at the local level.
The Summit featured prominent speakers from within Orange County and across the state, including presentations from the California Office of Traffic Safety, MADD, local city council members and the business community. Topics discussed focused on local regulatory controls, such as social host ordinances and responsible beverage service, law enforcement strategies, such as checkpoints and saturation patrols, public awareness/education campaigns and a business approach to prevention. As a result of the Summit, a new data indicator is now being added to the annual Community Indicators Report of Orange County highlighting DUI trends at the county and city level.
For additional information about impaired driving prevention taking place in Orange County and details on the DUI Summit, visit the Orange County DUI Task Force website at www.ocduitaskforce.org.
Staff members from HCA’s ADEPT program pose for a group photo during the February 27, 2013 DUI Summit held at Concordia University in Irvine.
|OC DUI Task Force Member and ADEPT Staffer Kathy Kendrick.|
|DUI Summit attendees gather to learn about current DUI trends and evidence-based prevention strategies.|
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Ten Useful Recommendations Which Can Help You Become More Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Compliant:
10. Ask for a copy of HCA’s and my program’s HIPAA Policies. http://ocintranet.ocgov.com/hipaa/p&p.asp
9. Read them.
8. Compare what they say with your current privacy practices and identify and correct discrepancies.
7. Do not snoop through the protected health information (PHI) of others or access or use any PHI that you do not need in order to do your job.
6. If you get PHI from or send PHI to a third party (outside the County) as part of your job, find out whether HCA has a Business Associate Agreement (“BAA”) in place with that third party (or has decided one is not needed).
5. Learn how to encrypt emails containing PHI before you send them outside of HCA. http://intranet/docs/it/security/tips/sending-encrypted-email.pdf
4. Read email threads to make sure that there is no PHI before you forward or reply to emails. If there is PHI, remove it or create a new email.
3. Educate yourself about the minimum necessary requirements, especially if you need to take PHI outside of your office or department. County of Orange HIPAA Policies and Procedures Manual – I -13 Minimum Necessary Requirements
2. Immediately report known or suspected privacy breaches or violations to your supervisor, and the Privacy Analyst or Privacy Officer.
1. If at any time you have privacy concerns or if something is not clear, contact any of the following people for assistance.
Chief Compliance and Privacy Officer, Thea Bullock: (714) 834-3152
Deputy County Privacy Officer, Linda Le: (714) 834-4082
Privacy Analyst, Nikoo Tabesh (714) 834-5172
If everyone were to follow through on these recommendations, it would go a long way in protecting the privacy of our client’s information.
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The Orange County Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) was one of three sites selected to attend a Nurse-Family Partnership Board of Directors reception on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on February 26, 2013. The event highlighted the power of NFP and the nurse-client relationship to help produce healthy children and families who are ready to prosper in our national economy. Graduates from Florida, South Carolina, and California programs were presented before the NFP Board, NFP Staff and national representatives.
HCA Public Health Nurse Melanie Dilger and NFP graduate client Krystle Garcia were invited to attend the reception and shared their experiences with the program. Krystle began the program when she was 17 years-old. She expressed how having the non-judgmental support and guidance of Melanie throughout her pregnancy and first two years of her son’s life, increased her confidence in parenting and assisted in accomplishing her goals. Krystle graduated high school, completed a Medical Assistant program and is working at an urgent care center. Both Melanie and Krystle left Washington, D.C. feeling supported at a national level!
Special guests who attended the event included Congresswoman Lois Capps of San Luis Obispo; Beverly Malone, CEO of the National League for Nursing; and Dr. David Willis, Director for the Division of Home Visiting and Early Childhood Services attended the gathering. Nurse-Family Partnership® is an evidence-based, community health program that helps transform the lives of vulnerable first-time mothers and their babies. It is a national program serving families in 505 counties across 42 states. For more information, visit www.nursefamilypartnership.org.
HCA Public Health Nurse Melanie Dilger and NFP graduate client Krystle Garcia were invited to attend a NFP Board of Directors reception on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C.
Melanie and Krystle had the opportunity to also meet Barbara Boxer during the NFP event.
Krystle shared her experiences with the NFP program during the reception on February 26, 2013. Board Chair Robert Hill and NFP President Tom Jenkins are pictured.
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HCA hosted an Employee Recognition Award Ceremony on March 14 to recognize the years of dedicated service employees have contributed to the Agency and County. The following is a list of service awards that were presented:
5 Years of Service—73
10 Years of Service—13
15 Years of Service—37
20 Years of Service—14
25 Years of Service—7
30 Years of Service—2
35 Years of Service—1
HCA Director Mark Refowitz and Public Health Services Deputy Agency Director David Souleles offer their congratulations to Abraham Sanchez on celebrating 25 years of County service.
Behavioral Health staff members Mitch Cherness and Sandra Rosen received a 25-year certificate and pin for their years of County service from HCA Director Mark Refowitz and Adult Mental Health Services Division Manager Annette Mugrditchian.
HCA Director Mark Refowitz and Adult Mental Health Services Division Manager Annette Mugrditchian offer their congratulations to Behavioral Health staff members celebrating 20 years of service. Pictured (left to right) are Gloria Trejo, Vincent Sholl, Aida Sanchez-Nunez and Diane Holley.
Behavioral Health Services staff members pictured (left to right) Cheryl Pitts, Valerie Soppet, Charlotte Jean, Robert Heidenrich and John Crump celebrated 15 years of service and received recognition from HCA Director Mark Refowitz and Adult Mental Health Services Division Manager Annette Mugrditchian.
HCA Director Mark Refowitz and Interim Correctional Health Services Deputy Agency Director Kim Pearson congratulated Ha Nguyen-Vasquez on her 15 years of dedicated County service.
HCA Director Mark Refowitz and Chief Information Officer Teri Schultz congratulate Carl Funke on his 15 years of dedicated County service.
HCA Director Mark Refowitz and Public Health Services (PHS) Deputy Agency Director David Souleles offer their congratulations to PHS staff pictured (left to right) Marlene Torres, Margaret Carrigan, Helen Kim and Taren Tseng on celebrating 15 years of County service.
Congratulations to Ana Palma from HCA Human Resources on celebrating 10 years of County service. She received recognition from HCA Director Mark Refowitz and HR Division Manager Lisa Bauer.
Celebrating 10 years of County service, Behavioral Health Services staff members pictured (alphabetically) Lester Goldstein, Luis Gonzalez, Lissa Holmes and Andrew Inglis received recognition from HCA Director Mark Refowitz and Adult Mental Health Services Division Manager Annette Mugrditchian.
Public Health Services (PHS) Staff members pictured (left to right) Debra Cross-Mendez and Alicia Neiman received a 10-year certificate and pin for their 10 years of County service from HCA Director Mark Refowitz and PHS Deputy Agency Director David Souleles.
Medical Services staff members pictured (left to right) Araceli Cueva who celebrated 10 years of service and Ronald Lopez who celebrated 5 years of County service received recognition from HCA Director Mark Refowitz and Acting Medical Services Deputy Agency Director Holly Veale.
Correctional Health Services staff members pictured (alphabetically) Abigail Constantino, Elizabeth Pluard and Joanne Tabata received recognition for their 5 years of dedicated service from HCA Director Mark Refowitz and Interim Correctional Health Services Deputy Agency Director Kim Pearson.
Public Health Services (PHS) staff members celebrating 5 years of service to the County received a 5-year certificate and pin to commemorate the occasion from HCA Director Mark Refowitz and PHS Deputy Agency Director David Souleles. Pictured (alphabetically) are Melanie Dilger, Soumelia Gountoumas, Emrids Kiamzon, Amalia Lam, Viviana Nethington, Lorena Nieves and Linda Rodriguez.
Celebrating 5 years of service, Behavioral Health Services staff members received recognition from HCA Director Mark Refowitz and Adult Mental Health Services Division Manager Annette Mugrditchian. Pictured (alphabetically) are Glenda Aguilar, Olga Cervantes, Nga Duong, Heather Gallas, Daniel Gibbs, Arif Khwaja, Jeannie Kim, Deborah McGlone, Bao-Chau Nguyen, Minh-Ha Pham, Jenny Ramirez, Kelly Sabet and Rose Ann Stock,
HCA Human Resources staff members pictured (left to right) Ramon Sanchez and Sera Levy celebrated 5 years of County service and received recognition from HCA Director Mark Refowitz and HR Division Manager Lisa Bauer.
HCA Director Mark Refowitz and Chief Information Officer Terri Schultz recognized IT staff for their 5 years of dedicated County service. Pictured (alphabetically) are Tom Calhoon, Mark Dy-Ragos, James Lanthripe and Violet Larsen.
Congratulations to Chris Moreno from Health Policy and Communication on receiving a 5-year certificate and pin from HCA Director Mark Refowitz and Financial and Administrative Services Deputy Agency Director Jeff Nagel.
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Public Health Week has been celebrated every April since 1995. This year’s national theme was “Public Health is ROI: Save Lives, Save Money”. People in the business world often consider ROI (return on investment). However, in more service oriented type work, such as that which public health provides, success is usually measured in outputs, outcomes and impact. Could the public health story be told using the businesslike model of ROI? This year’s Public Health Week activities set out to do just that. Tuesday’s Public Health Week Celebration featured poster presentations of over 20 public health programs who demonstrated their return on investment. Additionally, a resolution was presented by staff from Chairman Nelson’s office. The resolution also presented several examples of the return on investment of public health services. A contest was held, giving celebration participants the opportunity to vote to determine which poster did the most effective job of portraying return on investment. The winning poster was from the Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention program’s “Protecting You While You’re on the Move” display. Programs’ ROI posters were also displayed at the Hall of Administration. You may have also noticed the ROI facts that were sent to you each morning of Public Health Week. We all have a role in saving lives and saving money through directly providing services and also by the work that all HCA departments do to support these efforts.
Each year, more than 500,000 people in the US are treated in emergency departments, and more than 700 people die as a result of bicycle-related injuries. Children 15 years and younger accounted for 59% of all bicycle-related injuries seen in ERs. Return on Investment – A $12 investment in a child’s bicycle helmet can prevent $580 in medical costs, resulting in a return of $48 for every $1 invested.
Photo credit: www.pedbikeimage.org/MikeCynecki
Pedestrian Safety and Walking
Investing in walkable communities is good for health. Providing safe, enjoyable, places to walk can lead to increased daily physical activity through walking. It can also reduce traffic injuries and fatalities, reduce air pollution, reduce traffic congestion, and even increase general mobility and street level activity, which helps reduce crime. Walking regularly can reduce individual health-care costs with savings of $330 a year. Return on Investment – Over the past years, staff have worked with students to conduct walkability assessments. Outcomes have led to improvements that increased safety and walkability: Improved landscaping, repainted crosswalks, repaired sidewalks and other tripping hazards, painted curbs to enhance pedestrian visibility, and installation of stop signs and traffic lights. Additionally, our young researchers became civically engaged residents, as they shared their experiences with stakeholders to make their neighborhoods safer and more enjoyable for walking.
Child Safety Seats and Seatbelts
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among those ages 5-34 in the U.S. In one year alone, deaths and injuries to drivers and passengers from crashes cost $70 billion in medical and lost work.
Parents and caregivers can make a lifesaving difference. Child safety seats reduce the risk of death in car crashes by 71% for infants and 54% for toddlers ages one to four. For children 4 to 7, booster seats reduce injury risk by 59% compared to safety belts alone. Return on Investment – A $52 investment in a child safety seat prevents $2,200 in medical costs, resultig in a return of $42 for every $1 invested. Seatbelt use reduces serious injuries and deaths in crashes by 50%. In 2009, seat belts saved about 13,000 lives and could have saved thousands more if all drivers and passengers had buckled up.
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The Tobacco Use Prevention Program (TUPP) celebrated two student artists from Bolsa Grande High School, Tiffany Thai and Y Xa, whose artwork designs were selected among hundreds of entries as best illustrating the theme of “Tobacco and Hollywood.” The “Tobacco and Hollywood” Project is one of TUPP’s community outreach projects, committed to reducing youth exposure to tobacco in Hollywood movies. Students receive an educational presentation about this public health concern, and then they create their own artwork to illustrate the effect that seeing smoking in movies can have on youth’s behavior and attitude toward smoking.
These artwork designs were unveiled as ads on bus shelter panels near Bolsa Grande High School on April 3. The students, their families, representatives from the high school and Garden Grove Unified School District, and TUPP staff joined in the celebration to congratulate the winners. The ads will be on display for at least one month to continue raising awareness in the community of how tobacco use in the movies can influence youth to smoke.
For more information about the “Tobacco and Hollywood” project, please contact Tiffany Vong at (714) 834-6605. TUPP also offers free help to teens and adults who want to quit smoking. Adults 18 and older can receive free nicotine patches when they complete one of TUPP’s quit smoking services. Call 1-866-NEW-LUNG (639-5864) for more information.
|Bolsa Grande High School student Y Xa poses next to her winning artwork.||
A poster created by Bolsa Grande High School student Tiffany Thai is featured on a bus shelter located on the corner of Westminster Blvd. and Bushard St. in the City of Westminster.
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The County of Orange Health Care Agency Nutrition Services program is pleased to share that two local moms will be among the parents featured in new Spanish TV ads produced by the California Department of Public Health, Network for a Healthy California (Network).
The TV ads will be released in mid-April and are aimed at helping families, especially those with limited resources, eat healthy foods and be active. The “Not My Kids” or “A Mis Hijos No” message will motivate parents to ensure their children are healthy, active and have a positive self-image.
“I am proud to be a Champion Mom,” says Yazmin, a mother of five from Santa Ana. “It’s a big commitment to raise a healthy family. It takes a whole village to raise a healthy child, and I’m thankful that I am not alone. In Orange County, I am lucky to have other Champion Moms and community partners who are always willing to help.”
Having Champion Moms fits perfectly with this year’s Public Health Week theme, “Return on Investment: Save Lives, Save Money.” Maridet Ibanez, HCA Nutrition Services Program Manager stated, “The Champion for Change campaign is a great example of this investment, that working with local parents generates amazing results in improving the health of our families and community.”
The Network is funded by USDA SNAP-Ed and run by the California Department of Public Health. Since 1997, the Network has focused on improving health in California, especially among low-income Californians who are at greater risk of obesity and other serious health problems. For more information, find us on Facebook or at www.cachampionsforchange.net. For more information about National Public Health Week, visit www.nphw.org.
Champion Mom Yazmin discusses ways to incorporate healthy eating and how to lead an active lifestyle.
OC Champion Moms Yazmin and Marlene along with State Latino Campaign Manager Ignacio Romero participate in a panel discussion to launch the new Latino ads.
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Arthritis Awareness Month
Hepatitis Awareness Month
Mental Health Month
National High Blood Pressure Education Month
UV Safety Month Food Allergy Awareness Week—12-18
National Senior Health & Fitness Day—29
World No Tobacco Day—31
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April is a promise that May is bound to keep.
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