Congratulations to Dr. Sam Stratton, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Medical Director on being recognized as the December Gold Star recipient. Dr. Stratton was recently presented with the 2013 Award for Global Leadership in Emergency Public Health from the World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine (WADEM).
The award is presented every two years by the organization for distinguished global leadership in advancing the science of emergency public health and improving health care in areas including public health, emergency care and disaster relief and preparedness.
HCA Director Mark Refowitz praised Dr. Stratton for his leadership in Orange County and beyond. “Congratulations are definitely deserved in recognition of his great work and passion to save lives,” Refowitz said.
In addition to his role at HCA, Dr. Stratton is a professor at the UCLA School of Public Health and is a faculty member of the UCLA Center for Public Health and Disasters. He practices Emergency Medicine at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, where he is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine. He also serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the WADEM research journal Prehospital and Disaster Medicine.
Currently a resident of Huntington Beach, Dr. Stratton has worked for HCA since 2006. He received his Medical Degree from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Stratton received his Masters Degree in Public Health from UCLA in 1999 and is board-certified in both Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine.
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Congratulations to HCA’s workingWELL Team, winners of the 2013 Steve Ambriz Team Excellence Award. This award was created to identify qualities and characteristics of effective work teams, and to encourage teams to exemplify the principles of Enlightened Leadership and Team Excellence in creative collaborative action.
To carry out HCA’s mission to “protect and promote the health and safety of individuals and families in Orange County,” workingWELL was created in December 2011 by volunteer staff from across the Agency to provide a foundation for HCA to protect and promote the health of our employees and support our efforts to make a healthier tomorrow for our community. The 16 team members have voluntarily supported workingWELL as committee members and comprise areas from within HCA including Behavioral Health, Health Policy and Communication, Medical Services, and Financial and Administrative Services.
A Wellness Platform was adopted July 2012 that provides the foundation for future HCA wellness policies, practices and programs. It was created by the team to be consistent with County and Labor policies; and it specifically addresses wellness from a holistic perspective, encompassing the following sectors: Illness and Disease Prevention and Management, Injury Prevention, Tobacco Free Living, Nutrition, Physical Activity, Emotional Well-Being and Family Well-Being.
workingWELL has been a success with both employees and management. In a little more than one year, the following have been accomplished entirely through the team’s voluntary efforts:
The Workplace Wellness Committee was established with mission, vision and goals.
The Wellness Platform was created and adopted by HCA Management.
The initiative was branded as “workingWELL: a Healthy Orange County Starts with Us.”
Approximately 300 HCA employees attended a kick-off event in September 2012 that featured information and resources on each of the platform sectors, County benefits representation, a (no cost) farmer’s market and flu vaccinations.
An intranet website was created to provide information and resources, as well as an interactive blog (http://intranet.ochca.com/workingwell).
A monthly e-blast newsletter was created with links to the workingWELL website and external resources for information on health, wellness and safety issues relevant to employees and their families.
A Team Member program was developed and more than two dozen HCA employees were trained and empowered to be workPALS at their worksites supporting worksite initiatives such as healthy lunch clubs, walking clubs, Lift Off, etc. Team members combined their talents and some learned new skills to make workingWELL a success. With each individual contributing their strengths, the initiative has not been burdensome or stressful. The biggest strength of effort is that it is employee driven and collaborative. Because of this, HCA employees know and feel that it is genuinely intended to support them. workingWELL epitomizes all that is good about HCA. Embracing the theme of “a Healthy Orange County Starts with Us,” workingWELL was intentionally designed to both support employees, as well as position HCA to lead by example by modeling a sustainable program for other organizations to follow.
Floyd (Trey) Bonnor
Dr. Helene Calvet
workingWELL Team members received recognition from HCA Assistant Director Richard Sanchez during the November 18 Employee Recognition Ceremony. Pictured (left to right) are Kelly Broberg, Dr. Helene Calvet, Karen Hodel, Christina Weckerly, Nicole Stanfield, May Nur, Donna Fleming and Deanne Thompson.
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It’s that time of year where friends and families gather for the holidays and as the New Year fast approaches it is a time for reflecting on the past, and more importantly, looking forward to the coming year. It’s a time to reflect on the changes we want or need to make and resolve to follow through on those changes. Change can only come when you are first aware of the problem, then properly report it to have it addressed. “Compliance is everyone’s business.” This is a statement you have probably heard before, but what does that really mean? It means:
Being aware of our surroundings and expected standards to help maintain our compliance. Generally everyone participates in compliance by completing the assigned ongoing compliance education, reviewing the Code of Conduct, and remaining aware of the policies and procedures. Managers can provide additional awareness opportunities for their program staff. This can be done by routinely including compliance topics on the staff meeting agenda, by reviewing and discussing the most current policies and procedures, or by inviting the in-house experts from different departments to discuss specific areas. Awareness creates knowledge, and this is key to successfully creating an environment of accountability.
Reporting concerns so they are properly addressed is everyone’s responsibility, regardless of position. If a concern is identified but is not reported, there is the potential for that concern to remain “undetected” and this can place employees, customers, patients and/or the organization at risk in any number of ways. Anyone can encounter an issue during day-to-day job activities. How we respond is important. Any identified actual or potential concern needs to be reported to those who can help ensure that the issues are properly investigated, evaluated, and corrected. Organizations have individuals (experts) designated to respond and address different types of issues. For this reason, it is important that the right people within the organization are also notified. These experts can carefully assess all facts without bias and evaluate the process or system to determine the necessary response, thus ensuring that the regulations and standards are met and that matters are handled consistently and fairly. This assists in creating a safe reporting environment and a just and ethical culture.
Being accountable for compliance is different depending on our roles within the organization. Sometimes it’s about making sure our organization regains compliance in an area where an issue has been identified (corrective actions). Sometimes it’s about revising or drafting a policy or procedure to make sure we comply with a new or revised regulation, law, or standard. For others it’s about being aware and maintaining licensing requirements and renewals, or being aware and accountable for addressing changes to professional practice standards or coding and billing requirements. When it comes down to it, we are all accountable to do the job we were hired to do and that means we need to remain informed about relevant standards to properly carry out our duties. It also means we need to ensure that concerns are properly reported and addressed by the right individuals within our organizations. This helps contribute to creating a just and ethical culture within our organization.
If you have any questions, please contact a member of the Compliance Team.
Thea Bullock, MPA, CHC, Chief Compliance and Privacy Officer (714) 834-3154
Erika De Anda, Compliance Specialist (714) 568-5614 .
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Have you been tasked to create a PowerPoint presentation or document that may require including the County logo and/or graphics? Where do you start?
Look no further! Various PowerPoint templates, County logos and a searchable ThinkStock graphics database are available on the Health Policy & Communication (HPC) Intranet site at http://intranet.ochca.com/hpc/ltg.
The HPC Intranet site provides additional guidelines on how to download available templates and logos. ThinkStock photos and illustrations can be viewed here. Once you select an image, send a request along with the image number to one of the following team members below. For any questions, please call the HCA Media Line at (714) 834-2178.
Sandy Viernes – (714) 834-2182
Chris Moreno – (714) 796-0237
Anne Fialcowitz – (714) 834-3164
Kerry Underwood – (714) 796-0239
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Congratulations to Denise Fennessy on being appointed to serve as the Environmental Health Director within Public Health Services following a competitive recruitment process.
Denise has been with Environmental Health for 26 years, including having served as Assistant Director for the last six years. She has a bachelor’s degree in applied ecology from UC Irvine and is certified as a Registered Environmental Health Specialist by the California Department of Public Health.
In her new role, Denise will be responsible for a division that regulates more than 41,000 entities and conducts approximately 65,000 inspections per year ensuring compliance with multiple state statutes and regulations with the goal of protecting and improving public health and safety of Orange County residents, visitors, and workers.
Denise assumed her new position on November 15, 2013. Please join the Agency in welcoming her to her new position.
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Congratulations to Public Health Services Deputy Agency Director David Souleles on receiving the California State Association of Counties (CSAC) 2013 Circle of Service Award for his role in the negotiations and implementation of AB 85 and SB 98, this year’s health realignment savings measures.
The Circle of Service Award is a way for CSAC to recognize county officials whose service to the county family and CSAC membership has been substantially above and beyond the norm.
Pictured (left to right) are Ike McGowan, Yolo County Supervisor and CSAC Immediate Past President, David Souleles and Matt Cate, CSAC Executive Director.
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The Orange County Nurse Family Partnership® (NFP) Program is recognized for its 15 years of service to pregnant and parenting teens. NFP public health nurses (PHNs) help young first-time mothers during their pregnancy and the first 2 years of their child’s life to have improved health for themselves and their babies, fewer subsequent pregnancies, fewer childhood injuries, increased intervals between births, increased maternal employment, and improved school readiness. In addition to the intensive home-visits by PHNs, the program is also participating in important research on intimate partner violence.
“It is through the dedicated work of public health nurses that the lives of so many young women have been changed these past 15 years, with the true investment being realized over the years in the lives of productive parents and in the lives of their thriving children, teens, and ultimately adult children,” said Public Health Services Deputy Agency Director David Souleles.
The ongoing excellent work of the Orange County NFP Program received recognition from Thomas R. Jenkins, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Service Office who wrote, “I am impressed with the heart in your work; your passion and commitment always rings true and clear. And, I’ve been impressed with your professionalism as you balance your caring hearts with firmness and strength while working with your client moms.”
Additionally, HCA NFP Supervisor Marcia Salomon, R.N., M.S.W., M.P.H., received an Athalie Award for nursing excellence from the Associates for the Advancement of Nursing Science and Research on November 12, 2013.
Pictured (back row, left to right) are Martina Flores, PHN III; Isabella Yniguez, PHN III; Linda Aceves, PHN III; Desiree Mares, SPHN II; Marcia Salomon, SPHN II; Silvia Hernandez, IPT and Heather Bell, PHN III. Pictured (front row, left to right) are Kelly Thue, PHN III; Melanie Dilger, PHN III; Veronica Garcia, IPT and April Anderson, PHN III. Not pictured is Kathryn Ramos, PHN III.
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HCA hosted an Employee Recognition Award Ceremony on November 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 – 24
10 Years – 18
15 Years – 33
20 Years – 18
25 Years – 15
30 Years – 4
35 Years – 1
Congratulations to Katherine Harvey from Medical Services (MS) on receiving a 30-year certificate and pin from MS Chief of Operations Teri Schultz and HCA Assistant Director Richard Sanchez.
Nina Mays from Correctional Health Services (CHS) received a 25-year certificate and pin from CHS Deputy Agency Director Kim Pearson and HCA Assistant Director Richard Sanchez.
Congratulations to Behavioral Health Services (BHS) staff members pictured (left to right) Chip Pope, Merida Hughes and Luis Martinez on celebrating 25 years of County service. They received recognition from BHS Deputy Agency Director Mary Hale and HCA Assistant Director Richard Sanchez.
Environmental Health staff members pictured (left to right) Oyewole Akinyemi and Dan Yokoyama celebrated 25 years of County service and received recognition from Public Health Services Deputy Agency Director David Souleles and HCA Assistant Director Richard Sanchez.
Celebrating 20 years of service, Ted Becker from Behavioral Health Services (BHS) received recognition from BHS Deputy Agency Director Mary Hale and HCA Assistant Director Richard Sanchez.
Congratulations to Valerie Brooks from Public Health Services (PHS) on celebrating 20 years of County Service. She received recognition on November 14 from PHS Deputy Agency Director David Souleles and HCA Assistant Director Richard Sanchez.
Public Health Services (PHS) staff member Eduardo Medina celebrated 20 years of County service and received a certificate and pin from PHS Deputy Agency Director David Souleles and HCA Assistant Director Richard Sanchez.
Congratulations to Veronica Ramirez and Jim Marquez who received a 20-year service award from Behavioral Health Services Deputy Agency Director Mary Hale and HCA Assistant Director Richard Sanchez.
Carmen Stanish from Public Health Services (PHS) received a 15-year certificate and pin from PHS Deputy Agency Director David Souleles and HCA Assistant Director Richard Sanchez.
Behavioral Health Services (BHS) Deputy Agency Director Mary Hale and HCA Assistant Director Richard Sanchez presented BHS staff celebrating 15 years of County service with a certificate and pin to commemorate the occasion. Pictured (left to right) are Dawn Smith, Anong Nhim, Dr. Alan Edwards, Stephen Lownes and Melody Marler.
Medical Services (MS) staff member Cesar Bondad received a 15-year certificate and pin from MS Chief of Operations Teri Schultz and HCA Assistant Director Richard Sanchez.
Health Policy & Communication staff member Anh Nguyen celebrated 15 years of County service and received recognition from Financial & Administrative Services Deputy Agency Director Jeff Nagel and HCA Assistant Director Richard Sanchez.
Correctional Health Services (CHS) staff member Sheryl Wamsley-Goldsmith was awarded a 15-year certificate and pin by CHS Deputy Agency Director Kim Pearson and HCA Assistant Director Richard Sanchez.
Jocelyn Esguerra from Correctional Health Services (CHS) received recognition on November 14 for her 15 years of County service from CHS Deputy Agency Director Kim Pearson and HCA Assistant Director Richard Sanchez.
Celebrating 15 years of County service, Public Health Services (PHS) staff members pictured (left to right) Maria Montellano, Joseph Deocampo and Vida Mofidi were congratulated by PHS Deputy Agency Director David Souleles, County Health Officer Dr. Handler and HCA Assistant Director Richard Sanchez.
Congratulations to Correctional Health Services (CHS) staff member Wendy Wilfert on receiving a 10-year certificate and pin from CHS Deputy Agency Director Kim Pearson and Assistant HCA Director Richard Sanchez.
Public Health Services (PHS) staff members pictured (left to right) Larry Pritchett and Sylvia Aguas received a 10-year certificate and pin from PHS Deputy Agency Director David Souleles and HCA Assistant Director Richard Sanchez.
Celebrating 10 years of County service, Cheryl Seitter from Behavioral Health Services (BHS) received recognition from BHS Deputy Agency Director Mary Hale and Assistant HCA Director Richard Sanchez.
Public Health Services Deputy Agency Director David Souleles and HCA Assistant Director Richard Sanchez presented Jennifer Russell from PHS with a 5-year certificate and pin during the November 14 recognition awards.
Information Technology staff member Robert Nguyen celebrated 5 years of County service and received recognition from Chief Information Officer Adil Siddiqui and HCA Assistant Director Richard Sanchez.
Congratulations to Behavioral Health Services (BHS) staff member David Gould on receiving a 5-year certificate and pin from BHS Deputy Agency Director Mary Hale and HCA Assistant Director Richard Sanchez.
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Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Week is celebrated annually during the month of October. This year’s theme focused on “Lead-Free Kids for a Healthy Future.” Childhood lead poisoning is considered the most preventable environmental disease of young children.
From October 20-26, HCA’s Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (CLPPP) sought to prevent and reduce the harmful effects of lead poisoning in Orange County children by providing education, case management, and environmental evaluation services. Public Health Services’ CLPPP staff members from Family Health and Environmental Health were engaged in planning and coordinating a wide range of community efforts to educate the public on common sources of lead poisoning and on the importance of lead exposure prevention measures.
Activities included attending and providing information at health fairs; collaboration with community-based organizations to distribute health education materials; canvassing downtown Santa Ana to distribute pamphlets to the public and retail establishments; visiting paint stores to provide free customer pamphlets on safe home renovation practices; participating in a Red Ribbon safe story time at Aliso Viejo Library; conducting outreach at local elementary schools and at flu vaccine clinics held at Northgate Markets; requesting and attending city lead awareness proclamations in the cities of Brea, Stanton, La Habra, and Anaheim and posting prevention tips through social media on HCA’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.
For more information, visit the HCA CLPPP website at http://ochealthinfo.com/phs/about/family/lppp or call (714) 567-6220. For lead-based paint and environmental lead specific information, please call (715) 433-6000.
CLPPP staff attended a City of Anaheim meeting and received a Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Week proclamation. Pictured (first row, left to right) are Jenafer Forester, Fred Chung, Dr. Helene Calvet, Mardee Jara-Meza and Mozghan Mofidi. Pictured (second row, left to right) are Jeff Lane, Viri Chino and Margie Carrigan.
City of Brea Mayor Pro Tem Brett Murdock presents staff with a proclamation during a city council meeting. Pictured (left to right) are Dr. David Nuñez, Cecile Truong, Mozghan Mofidi, Fred Chung and Mardee Jara-Meza.
CLPPP staff members pictured (far left) Viri Chino and Mardee Jara-Meza participated in a Red Ribbon safe story time event at Aliso Viejo Library along with librarians and the Red Ribbon team. Not pictured are Ruth Dignadice, Maria Aguilar and Manisha Sulakhe.
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The County of Orange Armory Emergency Shelter Program opened on November 13, 2013 at the Fullerton Armory location and December 2, 2013 at the Santa Ana Armory location. Both Armories are tentatively scheduled to remain open seven days a week through April 2014.
The Armory Emergency Shelter Program will offer hot meals, showers, clothing, blankets, a safe place to sleep, and shelter from the winter weather, as well as other supportive services to approximately 400 homeless per night. While the program is operated by a nonprofit organization (Mercy House), volunteer opportunities are available for County employees. Last year, the Armory Program provided 40,524 bed nights and served 1,848 unduplicated clients. The success of the Armory Program is largely due to the collaborative efforts of County agencies, churches, nonprofit agencies and dedicated individuals who generously volunteer their time. Volunteer opportunities include: helping the homeless to sign-in, distributing blankets or clothing, and serving food, as well as setting up and/or cleaning up.
If you are interested in volunteering for this worthy cause, or you know someone who is or would be interested in volunteering, please contact Irene Mendoza of Mercy House via email at IreneM@mercyhouse.net. If you would like more information on the Armory Emergency Shelter Program you may visit Mercy House’s website at www.mercyhouse.net.
In addition to volunteering, the armory also accepts donations of various hygiene supplies, clothing (gently used or new), food items (prepackaged) and gift certificates. Donated items can be dropped off Monday to Thursday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the following locations below. For more information on items to donate, please contact James Brooks at firstname.lastname@example.org or Austin Drissen at email@example.com.
Santa Ana Armory – 612 E. Warner (Warner/Main)
Fullerton Armory – 400 S. Brookhurst (Brookhurst/Valencia)
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The holiday season has arrived! It’s time to find your favorite family recipes and start cooking! While many of our favorite dishes help us to remember and celebrate special times, choosing healthier options can be a challenge. Let MyPlate help you find solutions with “MyPlate Holiday Makeovers.”
During an 8-week series of various holiday makeover recipes, you’ll find new ways to celebrate the season with healthy recipe substitution tips and ideas for preparing your holiday feast. To view the recipes, visit http://blogs.usda.gov/tag/myplateholidaymakeover. Visit www.choosemyplate.gov often to find new holiday ideas and resources to help you keep good health in mind.
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As the year comes to a close and the holidays rapidly approach, you and those around you may experience a range of emotions. Examples of things that might bring excitement include new additions to the family, career changes and spending time with those we care about. There might also be sadness over things that have not been accomplished, struggles over health issues or finances and memories of loved ones who are no longer with us. Balancing these conflicting emotions can also be challenging and possibly painful for some. When thinking about grief around the Holidays advice from the American Hospice Foundations (AHF) states, “Some people find it helpful to be with family and friends, emphasizing the familiar. Others may wish to avoid old sights and sounds, perhaps even taking a trip. Others will find new ways to acknowledge the season.” This reminds us to honor our process and to be kind to ourselves.
Planning for the holidays acknowledging that it is not uncommon to feel out of sorts with the celebratory tone of the season and preparing for these feelings.
If you’ve experienced a loss, recognize that things won’t be the same and that doing things a bit differently can acknowledge the change while preserving the past.
Taking time for you may be important, but try not to isolate.
Remember that the holidays may affect other family members or dear friends as well. Talk with them about your plan and respect their choices and needs; compromise if necessary.
Avoid additional stress by deciding what you really want to do, and what can be avoided.
Have a Plan A (i.e., time with family) and Plan B (i.e., going to a favorite movie or getting some exercise).
Pay extra attention to children; they are often forgotten grievers.
Reach out to others and share your thoughts and feelings.
If you know someone is struggling with a loss, find subtle ways to help and reach out to them: you might invite them to a group event or just out for coffee.
OC Crisis Prevention Hotline (877) 727-4747
OC Warm Line (877) 910-9276
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800) 273-8255
Crisis Line for People with Disabilities (800) 426-4263
Centralized Assessment Team (CAT) (866) 830-6011
Emergency and Treatment Services (714) 834-6900
OC Links (855) 625-4657
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Cervical Health Awareness Month
National Glaucoma Awareness Month
Thyroid Awareness Month
Healthy Weight Week—19-25
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The color of springtime is in the flowers; the color of winter is in the imagination. —Terri Guillemets
What good is the warmth of summer without the cold of winter to give it sweetness. —Author Unknown
Winter must be cold for those with no warm memories. —from the movie An Affair to Remember
I prefer winter and Fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape --- the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn't show. —Andrew Wyeth
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