A Note From Shawn
Well, we have made it through another year hear at the District. The 2022 Budget has been adopted and the District is poised for a year of growth and modernization. In the new year, we will quickly realize that we’ve been responding to COVID for two years and even as new variants emerge we will continue to move towards normalcy. As we grow, we’ll see many new faces and have opportunities to innovate how we do our work.
I’m grateful for all you and all of your hard work, your compassion, kindness, and fellowship. Happy Holidays!
Oftentimes, I have conversations with coworkers and they share their experiences with the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) benefit. As a reminder ALL employees, spouses, domestic partners, and children up to age 26 are eligible to use this program. This program is available 24/7 to help when you’re facing issues that interfere with your health, well-being, and productivity at home or at work. You are provided with 6 face-to-face visits with a qualified clinical expert who can assess your concerns and develop a plan of action.
In addition to the clinic expert visits, EAP has a website with trainings and webinars. You can find resources on resilience, personal growth, and emotional well-being. Every month, they come out with a newsletter that I forward to all staff. I highly encourage you read through those and take advantage of this great program. As a reminder, you can go to their website at https://www.fchn.com/Members/EmployeeAssistance. The username is wcif.
- The Environmental Health Division is finally getting a new Assistant Director! JR Myers will start in his new role on 12/20 and will be located in the office next to Ragina’s in suite 204. Please stop by and say hi!
- The Food Safety Program is happy to announce that Alicia Susinger has accepted the Food Tech Lead position. Congratulations to Alicia! Food Safety Leadership is continuing to work on developing external messaging and guidance materials for foodservice operators in anticipation of the new code adoption in March 2021. The program also held their fourth quarter Food Advisory Committee (FAC) meeting last week and discussed the final fee schedule, an update of our enforcement process revision, food code revision update, and Food Excellence Award nominations.
- The Pollution Prevention Assistance Program (PPA) has just concluded 113 technical assistance visits in the city of Lake Stevens. The visits involve educating businesses in the automotive, restaurant, and property management sectors about hazardous waste and stormwater protection. The PPA program is scheduled to start its next outreach in the city of Marysville with over 260 businesses to inspect.
- For July-Oct 2021, the Vital Records Team has issued 4.1 % more birth certificate copies and 9.3% more death certificate copies than in July-Oct 2020. Taylor Walpus starts with the team on 12/16, making us officially fully staffed! The kiosks in the lobby are up and running, although some glitches the past week or so have made one or both of them out of order at various times. We’re working through the kinks and they should be all fixed up shortly. The public seem to really like the option, and birth certificate fulfillments through the kiosks are much easier for staff to process.
As we come closer to the end of 2021, it’s a good time to reflect on all that has happened. In Prevention, we have had some staff move on to new roles or retire to go do fun things. We have fresh new faces around which is awesome. We also brought back our Lead work thanks to the efforts of a lot of staff to get that grant, we have a COVID focused health literacy grant, we have new staff in STD to help combat the rising rates of syphilis, and we also have a full-time DIS back in TB. 2022 is going to bring us different challenges but is also going to bring us so much opportunity to collaborate and work together here in the Division. It’s an exciting time.