Next week, beginning October 24th, is recognized as Disarmament Week. During this week the United Nations primarily focuses on nuclear disarmament. They also encourage disarmament efforts in the area of land mines, small arms, and other types of conventional weapons. In recent years, and definitely during the pandemic many of us have endured words as weapons, often denouncing the work we do to protect the public.
In alignment with disarmament Week, I want to empower each of you to disarm the power of these words. Disarming our reactions to those negative words we hear from a vocal minority in the public will decrease our combined stress and allow us to focus on the tasks in front of us. For nearly two years, the District has maintained a high level of response in coordination with local, regional, and federal partners. Keep it up, take time to reflect on your accomplishments in historic times and disarm the words of those who question what the good work that we do every day.
Open enrollment is 11/1 to 11/17. The Virtual Benefits Fair will be Tuesday, November 2nd, from 10am to Noon. It will also be recorded. Open enrollment will be processed through Paycom. For those employees that were here in previous years, no more blue memo!
Things you can do during open enrollment:
- Enroll in a medical plan, if you previously waived medical coverage for other coverage.
- Waive enrollment in medical coverage if you have or are enrolling in other comprehensive group medical coverage effective January 1, 2022.
- Enroll or remove eligible dependents in medical, dental and vision plans.
- Change medical plans and/or dental plans.
- Sign up for flexible spending account and/or dependent care account.
Temporary employees with end dates of 12/31 will still be asked to participate in open enrollment in case end date is extended into 2022.Reminder to get your flu shot and email HRQuestions@snohd.org a copy of your proof of flu vaccine, or you can sign a declination form. Please email HR for the form.
Environmental Health: Food Program
Welcome Keith Smith, our newest EHS! Keith comes to us from Denver and will be sitting in the cubical between Hasina and Juliet Lopez. Come on over to EH land and introduce yourself!
We said goodbye last week to one of our Food Team Leads, Phil Wyman. That means we have a lead position open on the team. Know anyone who wants to work for us? The position is posted on the website.Customer Service
We have a new PA II starting November 1st
Sharon Mauch will be leaving us in November. Many of you have known Sharon a long time as she’s been working at the District for several years. We wish her good luck in her future endeavors and we’ll miss her!Land Use
The new staff are doing awesome and we’re getting our feet back under us after a summer of struggling under heavy workloads. Way to go land use staff!!Safe Environments
It’s been all about solid waste complaint investigations for these folks. Who wouldn’t want to walk up to a creepy house in the middle of nowhere buried in garbage and tell the owner they need to clean up? That’s why these staff are awesome!
The Prevention Services Division Refugee Health Program plays an important role in the resettlement of refugees. Our Refugee Health Program conducts health screenings and helps to connect refugee’s with primary care providers. Currently, Manreet is holding down the program as we look to hire a part-time nurse in the program. The Health District is also participating in a welcome center being run by the county where Afghan refugee’s can get connected to healthcare providers, eat a meal with community members, and get donated household goods.
Asiyah and Susan from our Communicable Disease Program and Christine Campbell from our COVID response attended to offer MMR and Polio vaccine if needed. Christine Campbell has continued to attend over the last two weeks.