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April 2019

national public health week


Happy Spring OCHD!
I would also like to say Happy Public Health Week! Annually, the first week in April is celebrated as National Public Health Week. The theme for this year is “Creating the Healthiest Nation: For Science. For Action. For Health.” I join all the National Leaders and Organizations in celebrating YOU! Public Health Staff work daily to keep our community healthy and you are a critical piece of the puzzle for so many public health successes.  The daily themes for this year’s Public Health Week include:
Monday – Healthy Communities
Tuesday – Violence Prevention
Wednesday – Rural Health
Thursday – Technology & Public Health
Friday – Climate Change
Saturday & Sunday – Global Health

It’s hard to believe that when I started my career in Public Health we were addressing Healthy People 2000 goals and now we’re planning for Healthy People 2030 goals…….someone is maturing!  While I believe we’ve made great strides in the field of public health, I realize we still have some work to do. The daily themes highlight some non-traditional public health issues that we now have to consider, such as technology! I know…..….too soon to pull the band aid off this one. I’m just saying, it is a critical part of our work that impacts a lot of what we do on a daily basis. 

Thank you for your continued service to our community. While much of the work we do is behind the scenes and invisible to some, I SEE you and I celebrate you as a public health professional! 

Happy Public Health Week and Thank You!

Quintana Stewart
Health Director 

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April Walker-Warren: 4/1

Nancy Wood: 4/2
Karen Kyes: 4/10
Pamela McCall: 4/11
Kristin Prelipp: 4/14
Rhonda Morales: 4/20
Daniel Kashdan: 4/22

Roberto Diaz: 4/29


Please remember to nominate exceptional employees for KUDOS! Just fill out and submit the KUDOS Nomination form HERE.

A KUDO is praise or a compliment given for something well done. Kudos can be given to thank or congratulate a person, team, or group for their efforts. This appreciation and/or acknowledgment can be presented for service, performance, effort, courtesy, efficient or effective work.

Eligibility: Kudos can be given to any Health Department employee (full time, part time, temporary or student intern). There is no length of employment required.

The nominated Health Department employee must exhibit one or more of the Core Values:

Customer Centered
High Quality

Johnna Reed
Congratulations to Johnna Reed!  Johnna provides excellent customer service to all the patients here. She is knowledgeable and dedicated to her work. Her role is vital to the operation of the health department. I appreciate her flexibility in working alongside nurses in ensuring patients are seen on time for overall efficiency.
Janice Poole
Congratulations to Janice Poole!   Janice has been working so hard to take care of our referrals, sterilize our equipment, and ensure we are stocked on all of our supplies at both clinics. She works so hard and does a great job supporting all of us! I'm so thankful to have her as a team member and wanted to let her know that all of her work is very much appreciated! You rock Janice!
Cristina Melendez
Congratulations to Cristina Melendez!  Cristina's professional, kind, compassionate, and caring demeanor towards her customers and colleagues is much needed at the front desk. She communicates with the nursing staff to ensure efficiency in overall clinical flow. She is a quick learner, organized, and efficient. We are glad that she is here to serve the Orange County's patients.
Iulia Vann
Congratulations to  Iulia Vann and Lisa Yourko!  Iulia and Lisa worked very hard to prepare the clinic to be the setting for a training video on Infection Prevention which will be used to train health department staff on IP principles. On the day of filming they we both worked a 12 hour day to make sure the video was completed. Kudos to you both!!
Susan Clifford
Congratulations to  Susan Clifford and Iole (Julie) Johnson!  Susan and Iole really saved us last week. We had a last minute translation request come in from a community partner, and they went above and beyond to get it done within three days! They really went above and beyond to get that translation done, and did not sacrifice quality at all.  Many thanks to them!
Julie Johnson
Congratulations to Susan Clifford and Iole (Julie) Johnson!  Susan and Iole really saved us last week. We had a last minute translation request come in from a community partner, and they went above and beyond to get it done within three days! They really went above and beyond to get that translation done, and did not sacrifice quality at all.  Many thanks to them!
Congratulations to  Lisa Yourko!  Thanks to Lisa for helping me out with the trainings that had me very concerned she told me no worries and directed me in the right path. Thanks Lisa Yourko you rock!!!!!
Margaret Campbell
Margaret Campbell and Susan Wagoner!  I wanna give a shout out to Margaret and Susan for all the hard work they've been doing working on our billing process!! They've been meeting all the time to get so many kinks ironed out and their hard work and dedication hasn't gone unnoticed, and the results are showing! Thanks so much guys!!      
Susan Wagoner
Congratulations to  Margaret Campbell and Susan Wagoner!  I wanna give a shout out to Margaret and Susan for all the hard work they've been doing working on our billing process!! They've been meeting all the time to get so many kinks ironed out and their hard work and dedication hasn't gone unnoticed, and the results are showing! Thanks so much guys!!      
 Candi Campbell
Congratulations to Candi Campbell!  Kudos to Candi Campbell for her efficient and customer centered care with both staff and patients! Recently Candi sought onsite interpreter assistance for an urgent need. She was efficient, thoughtful of the staff and client needs, and briefed the interpreter prior to entering the room in order to be fully prepared. It made the appointment go so much smoother! Thank you Candi!!
Latitia Chavious
Congratulations to Latitia Chavious!  Today a client told me how much she loves coming to OCHD because of Tish. The client said "She does such a good job, she has known me since my kids were born and she always makes me laugh....when people are like that, you build trust with them." I couldn't agree more! Tish is an exceptional professional and person, and I'm so proud to work with her!
Meet the Staff
Krishnaveni Balakrishnan

Krishnaveni Balakrishnan

Title: Senior Public Health Educator/Healthy Homes Coordinator
Started Working with OCHD: February 25, 2019
Favorite Part about Working at OCHD: One of my favorite parts of working at OCHD is the atmosphere and culture. It’s like one big family here, and everyone has been so welcoming! I already feel like I’m part of the family. I’ve learned so much during my short time here, and I’m looking forward to learning more as I grow in my role!
Did You Know?:
I’m new to the area, and resided in Greensboro, NC for the last four years, where I received my undergraduate and graduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. My educational background includes a B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies, and a MPH in Community Health Education. I’m a western NC native, and grew up in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Hendersonville, NC. In my spare time, I love to play piano and guitar, garden, read books, and spend time with my family and friends.

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From the Desk of the Racial Equity Commission (REC)

Podcast Central

It’s all about the podcast these days, friends. What’s your favorite one? This month, we’re sharing our favorite podcasts that go at issues of race (and culture, movies, current events, art, etc.).  Give them a listen and send us an email to let us know what you think (we’ll share responses in the next newsletter!). Here’s the rundown:

Code Switch: npr.org/podcasts/510312/codeswitch
Ever find yourself in a conversation about race and identity where you just get…stuck? Code Switch can help. We’re all journalists of color, and this isn’t just the work we do. It’s the lives we lead. Sometimes, we’ll make you laugh. Other times, you’ll get uncomfortable. But we’ll always be unflinchingly honest and empathetic. Come mix it up with us.

Pod Save the People: crooked.com/podcast-series/pod-save-the-people/
Organizer and activist DeRay Mckesson explores news, culture, social justice, and politics through deep conversations with influencers and experts, and the weekly news with fellow activists Brittany Packnett and Sam Sinyangwe, and writer Clint Smith. Each week brings a news analysis, followed by deep conversations about social, political and cultural issues with experts, influencers, and diverse local and national leaders.

Seeing White:  sceneonradio.org/seeing-white/
Just what is going on with white people? Police shootings of unarmed African Americans. Acts of domestic terrorism by white supremacists. The renewed embrace of raw, undisguised white-identity politics. Unending racial inequity in schools, housing, criminal justice, and hiring. Some of this feels new, but in truth it’s an old story.
Why? Where did the notion of “whiteness” come from? What does it mean? What is whiteness for?

Scene on Radio host and producer John Biewen took a deep dive into these questions, along with an array of leading scholars and regular guest Dr. Chenjerai Kumanyika.

Show About Race: showaboutrace.com/
Co-discussants Anna HolmesBaratunde ThurstonRaquel Cepeda and Tanner Colby host a lively multiracial, interracial conversation about the ways we can’t talk, don’t talk, would rather not talk, but intermittently, fitfully, embarrassingly do talk about culture, identity, politics, power, and privilege in our pre-post-yet-still-very-racial America. This show is "About Race."

Still Processing: .nytimes.com/column/still-processing-podcast
Step inside the confession booth of Wesley Morris and Jenna Wortham, two culture writers for The New York Times. They devour TV, movies, art, music and the internet to find the things that move them — to tears, awe and anger. Still Processing is where they try to understand the pleasures and pathologies of America in 2019.

Sooo Many White Guys: wnycstudios.org/shows/whiteguys
Intimate, funny conversations with all kinds of artists who (mostly) aren’t white dudes.  Hosted by Phoebe Robinson.
Email REC at bscurry@orangecountync.gov or mmcmonigle@orangecountync.gov

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Preparedness Workshops for the Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Community

Sunday, April 28th 2:30 to 4:30 pm at St. Thomas More Catholic Church. 940 Carmichael St., Chapel Hill Interpreters: English and Spanish

Thursday, May 9th 9:00 to 11:00 am at Seymour Center, 2551 Homestead Rd., Chapel Hill Interpreters: English and Mandarin

Saturday, May 11th  10:00 am to 12:00 pm at Southern Human Services Center, 2501 Homestead Rd., Chapel Hill Interpreters: English with Arabic, Burmese, Kinyarwanda and Karen.

Questions? Contact Daniel Kashdan or Mike DeFranco.
Daniel Kashdan: 919-245-2431  or dkashdan@orangecountync.gov
Mike DeFranco: 919-245-2077 or mdefranco@orangecountync.gov

More information, including flyers in multiple language HERE

Dispute Settlement Center

Conflict Resolution Training

On Tuesday, April 16 from 9-10:30am, the Dispute Settlement Center will be doing a conflict resolution training in the 3rd floor classroom at Whitted.

This is facilitated through Corey Root’s “self-care series” and will be open to all service providers in the county – including any health department staff. 

Orange County Commuter Options Breakfast

Date: April 18th, 2019 from 8 to 9:30 am
Location: Orange County Public Library, 137 West Margaret Lane, Hillsborough

Orange County's Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Coordinator Allyson Coltrane will give an overview of all the options available to Hillsborough commuters.

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the clothesline project

The Clothesline Project

During the month of April the Orange County Rape Crisis Center has installed "The Clothesline Project" in the two medical waiting rooms.It is a display of t-shirts that contain written messages and drawings intended to illustrate the effects of sexual violence. This powerful visual project raises awareness about sexual violence and tells the stories of survival and healing.

T-shirts in the Orange County Rape Crisis Center’s project have been designed by local survivors of sexual violence, their friends, family members, and volunteers.

By displaying this t-shirt project, the Center hopes to encourage people to break the silence surrounding sexual violence and to let survivors know that they are not alone.

If staff or patients inquire about “The  Clothesline Project” please give them Hailey Leiva contact information. See below:

Hailey Leiva
Prevention Coordinator
Orange County Rape Crisis Center
1506 E. Franklin St. Suite #302
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
24-Hour Helpline: 1-866-WE-LISTEN

*We have placed trigger warnings in both waiting rooms.

Operation Medicine Drop
Safely dispose of expired or no longer needed medications
Saturday, April 27th
10am - 12 pm
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