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You're a Gem for Going the Extra Mile

Pamela Anderson-Moore
Senior Health Education Specialist
Public Health
For developing a new and improved web-based training for the Safely Surrender Baby Program (SSB) in collaboration with EMS, Public Health, and Children and Family Services. For making the training accessible to all CCHS employees and for providing a safe haven for babies by advancing the awareness of SSB laws and practices.
-Nominated by Natalie Berbick
 
Denise Root
Vaya Wilde
Senior Disease Intervention Technician
Martin Lynch
Planner/Evaluator-Level B
Public Health
For their outstanding efforts at coordinating a cross-team response to a potential HIV and STD transmission emergency.
-Nominated by Christine Leivermann
 
Public Health Care Services Nurses
Public Health
For volunteering to fill in for our nurse while she is out. For all of you being a joy to work with and for your willingness to perform tasks so different from what you are accustomed to.
-Nominated by Lizabeth Linn      
 
Comfort Nwamuo
Home Economist
Public Health
For demonstrating extraordinary care and excellence in customer service especially when handling difficult situations. For the compassion she gives to the Women, Infants and Children clients she has served for the past 30 years.
-Nominated by Monique Sims
 
Susanne Madsen
Clerk-Senior Level
Public Health
For keeping Vista Oaks Occupation Medicine clinics running smoothly. For taking charge without hesitation when needed, and for being a pleasure to work with.
-Nominated by Lizabeth Linn
 
Lilian Guzman
Community Health Worker II
Public Health
For her hard work and positive attitude covering two different busy clinics simultaneously and for doing an amazing job of it.
-Nominated by Nieves Stupka
 
Dora Regalado
Nati Flores Paniagua
Administrative Aides
Patricia Berhnardt
Contract Employee
Public Health
For creating an organized and efficient hiring and onboarding process for Public Health Clinic Services over the last year and utilizing it to quickly hire and onboard over 50 staff in multiple job classifications in the last couple months, all with a smile and great customer service. For your hard work and dedication.
-Nominated by Sue Crosby
 
Bill Sorrell
Administrator-Level C
Public Health
For all his support with the CommunityConnect project, and for always being one step ahead of us .
-Nominated by Ashley Kokotaylo and Rachael Birch
 
Hong Nguyen
Community Health Worker II
Public Health
For demonstrated stellar proficiency in assisting our WIC clients. For being fast, accurate and reliable in our office, which is very fast paced, noisy and serves the most vulnerable families. For being consistent in delivering calm, courteous and expeditious service, especially to our most challenging clients. For her ability to get along well with all her co-workers.
-Nominated by Monique Sims
 
These recognitions originally appeared in past issues of the Director's Report.
Employee Recognition
Ana Villalobos
Community Wellness & Prevention Program (CWPP)

Ana Villalobos, Health Education Specialist for the Community Wellness & Prevention Program (CWPP), has been appointed to serve on the city of Concord's newly created Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee. The committee was formed as an implementation measure of the City's Bicycle, Pedestrian, and Safe Routes to Transit Plan (the Plan), which she and other CWPP staff helped to develop. In her new role, Ana will be advising Concord City Council and staff on grant applications for street improvements that include facilities for all users, bicyclists, pedestrians, individuals with disabilities, as well as motorists. She will also be overseeing the implementation of the Plan, and advising on any updates to the plan. Ana had been working on creating safe streets for all users for many years, most recently on CWPP's Safe Routes to School Program, and she increased her commitment to the issue after the tragic loss of her son in April 2015 when he was struck and killed by a motorist on a road with no sidewalk. She was appointed to her position in June and her initial term will be for four years.
September 2017
Director's Message
Dan Peddycord, Public Health Director
On Racism, Hate and Violence
Sadly, it has become difficult to get through a week without another senseless act of racism, hate and violence making the news. Charleston, Charlottesville, Barcelona--the list is simply too long. One event is too many.

We pride ourselves as a nation where we can peacefully express differences of opinion, but there is no pride in hate, there is no place for the idea of racial supremacy and violence is a despicable act, everywhere and always.

We equate hate and racism to a form of darkness and ignorance. It is intolerable and yet we know that we cannot and will not meet hate on its playing field. We must endeavor to listen, learn and embrace that journey which seeks to understand the beauty that embodies the wide variety and diversity of all things that makes us who we are. 

In 1785, William Copwer, in his poem "The Task" penned the famous line "Variety is the very spice of life, that gives it all its flavor." I'm proud to be part of an organization that welcomes and serves all people and that values inclusion, and the variety and diversity of our communities.

Randy Sawyer, the Director of Hazardous Materials, recently shared a few other timely quotes with me, and I'd like to share them with you.

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"What a sad era when it is easier to smash an atom than a prejudice." - Albert Einstein
 
"Racism is man's gravest threat to man - the maximum of hatred for a minimum of reason." - Abraham Joshua Heschel
 
"Our true nationality is mankind." - H.G. Wells


Tobacco Prevention
Contra Costa County Adopts New Tobacco Protections for youth
The Board of Supervisors recently approved a number of new regulations to protect youth from tobacco influences, including prohibiting the sale of flavored tobacco products and menthol cigarettes within 1,000 feet of schools, parks, playgrounds, and libraries in unincorporated parts of the county.
 
Also adopted were a no-sales of tobacco in pharmacies law, and a cap on the total number of tobacco retailers in the unincorporated area of the county. Contra Costa County now has one of strongest suite of tobacco prevention polices anywhere in the nations.
 
Hats off to our entire Board of Supervisors to their unanimous vote of support for the policy package. 
SIDS Prevention
Safe Sleep for Baby Online Training is Live
This interactive e-learning module is produced by Contra Costa Family, Maternal & Child Health Programs of the Public Health Division, and is intended to promote safe sleep knowledge and to  reduce the risk for SIDS and other sleep-related deaths, such as asphyxiation, suffocation, and entrapment.
  
This training is intended for all health care professionals including pediatricians and family practice providers, perinatal services staff at hospitals, social workers (all levels of practice), public health nurses and other home visitors, health educators, first responders, law enforcement personnel, and child care advocates.

Upon completion of this training, learners will be able to:
  • Define Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
  • Identify the dangers of unsafe sleep practices
  • Identify the 2016 American Academy of Pediatrics strategies to help reduce the risk of unsafe sleep-related injuries and deaths
  • Articulate key concepts from motivational interviewing and 
  • Respond effectively to sustain change talk with parents and other infant caregivers.
To access this training, please visit CCHS Target Solutions website. Click the self-assign tab on the left panel and search for "Contra Costa Health Services Safe Sleep for Baby" to launch the course.  Certificates of completion are readily available upon completion of the module. Licensed and certified professionals may receive 1.0 continuing education unit or contact hour by completing the training and contacting their accreditation board.  
  
For more information, please contact Contra Costa SIDS program at (925) 313-6254.

Women, Infants & Children (WIC)
Groundbreaking Ceremony for New WIC Clinic in West County
After much planning and anticipation, the City of San Pablo and CCHS will host a groundbreaking ceremony for construction of the new WIC clinic in San Pablo on September 25 at 4 p.m.
 
The new WIC clinic will be adjacent to the West County Health Center. Indeed this is something to truly celebrate. The new clinic is expected to open sometime in early 2019.

WIC celebrates World Breastfeeding Week
Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) and its partners recently celebrated work breastfeeding week and invitee the public to learn more about the health benefits of breastfeeding for infants, mothers and the community at several free events planned during the 24th Annual World Breastfeeding Week celebration.
 
World Breastfeeding Week, celebrated in more than 170 countries, is intended to highlight the important health benefits of breastfeeding.

Community Wellness & Prevention Program (CWPP)
CWPP helps support the built environment for better health

In June the Contra Costa Transportation Authority voted to fund $4.368 million a class 1 separated bicycle and pedestrian path in the Monument Blvd corridor in Concord connecting Walters Way to the Downtown Concord BART Station.
 
This project was identified in the city's Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan. CCTA also funded $333,000 for pedestrian improvements around Cambridge Elementary, based on a walk audit and follow up design workshops that we hosted with Cambridge coffee club parents and the school's PTA.
 
The City is going to fill a sidewalk gap on Victory Lane, install some rapid flashing beacons and pedestrian facility improvements on Lacey Lane, and install curb ramps at Tilson Drive. Thank you to Supervisor Mitchoff for her support at CCTA on the projects.

Clinic Services
Enhanced Mobile Dental Services
Our clinic services team has worked diligently over the past year to bring a new level of dental services on-line. Two brand new fully equipped large bus-like mobile dental clinics will soon be roaming the county providing an enhanced level of services for school age children and vulnerable adults. The clinic team is currently working with several school districts in the County on the details on bring the mobile clinics on site.

Administration
Clinic Services Begins Move from Martinez to Concord Office
Things are moving here at 597 Center!

You may have noticed that in the past few months Clinic Services has begun their move to their new campus at Bates Avenue in Concord. At this time, approximately 70 staff have shifted to the new Concord site with CS's remaining 40 or so team members still at 597 Center in Martinez scheduled to move in early October.

Once Clinic Services' move to Bates is complete, we plan on beginning a series of changes, moves, and alterations here at the 597 Center campus aimed at:

- alleviating parking congesting
- improving common space areas
- expanding our on-site meeting capacity
- increasing our ability to host community groups and press conferences

We will continue to report on these changes, alterations, and moves as they unfold!

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Director's Message (continued)message
Famous Quotes

"Achievement has no color." - Abraham Lincoln
 
"Discrimination is a disease." - Roger Staubach
 
"When you discriminate against anyone, you discriminate against everyone." - Alan Dershowitz
 
"Bigotry dwarfs the soul by shutting out the truth." - Edwin Hubbell Chapin
 
"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character." - Martin Luther King, Jr.
 
"Hating people because of their color is wrong and it doesn't matter which color does the hating. It's just wrong." - Muhammad Ali