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Distributed monthly to Health Care Agency staff. Contains tributes to employees, tips for the workplace, program news, and other helpful directives and information for employees.

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PDF file March 2020 Issue (PDF)
  • Director’s Message
  • Peer-to-Peer: David Sanchez – Teaching and Learning
  • Peer-to-Peer Follow-up: Sara Moskowitz
  • Good Start for Release Re-entry Program
  • New Behavioral Health Training Center
  • 5th Annual Soar: Save the Date
  • Keeping Vaccines Safe for Everyone
  • 5 Things You Need to Know About: Automated Chest Compression Devices
  • Discussing Homelessness in Orange County
  • County Employee Wellness Center
  • Lunar New Year Celebration
  • Check Your Sodium Intake
  • A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
  • Zest for Health: March is National Nutrition Month
  • Leveraging Your Benefits: OC Credit Union/Tax Assistance
PDF file February 2020 Issue (PDF)
  • Director's Message
  • Peer to Peer: Maria Soza - Returning the Favor
  • Be Well OC 2020 Action Plan
  • Flu Surveillance
  • What Vaccines are Made Of
  • Sheriff's Housing Unit for Military Veterans
  • For 2020 SEE Who You Can Be, When You Are Smoke-free
  • Supervisors Elect New Chair/Vice Chair
  • CalOptima Recruitment Underway
  • New/Retired Email Signatures
  • MYTHS and FACTS about Grief
  • Leveraging Your Benefits: Dealing With Grief
  • Zest for Health: Italian Caprese Avocado Toast
PDF file January 2020 Issue (PDF)
  • Director's Message
  • Peer-to-Peer: David Atkins - Sharks, Sea Lions and Service
  • Preventing Harassment Training Video
  • Orange County United to Fight Homelessness
  • AlertHCA Drills Set to Begin Agency Wide
  • Working a Major Spill During a Major Holiday
  • 5 Things You Need to Know About: Substance Use Disorder Services
  • "Thank You" to Food Safety Staff
  • Health Care Agency Releases Report: Addressing the Opioid Crisis in Orange County, CA
  • Appreciation for Courtyard Transitional Center Partners
  • Creating Safe Routes to School
  • How Vaccines are Developed
  • Zest for Health: Romaine, Mango, and Jicama Salad
  • Leveraging Your Benefits: There's a Library of Benefits
  • Service Awards - 2019 Fourth Quarter Employee Service Awards
PDF file December 2019 Issue (PDF)
  • Director's Message
  • Peer-to-Peer: Socorro Castro "Stability & Flexibility"
  • OC Health Care Agency Staff Describe Deployment to Kincade Fire in Sonoma County
  • New Leaders Take the Helm at Environmental Health
  • Behavioral Health Services Select New Medical Director
  • And the 2019 Steve Ambriz Award Winner is...
  • Congrats to New Deputy Purchasing Agents
  • 5 Things You Need to Know About: Suicide Report
  • The Jail to Community Re-Entry Program
  • New Women, Infants and Children Cards Makes Shopping Easier
  • Compliance and Integrity are in Your Hands
  • Learning From the OC Women's Health Summit
  • Celebrating 7 Years of Healthier Together
  • Orange County is the Leader in Healthy Champions
  • Operation Santa Claus
PDF file November 2019 Issue (PDF)
  • Director's Message
  • Tell Us What's Up!
  • Peer-to-Peer: Nancy Cortez: Data Driven
  • Honor for California Children's Services
  • Be Well OC Campus Groundbreaking
  • Securing Child Safety Seats, One Seat at a Time
  • 5 Things You Need to Know About: St. Louis Encephalitis
  • Successful Outreach for Human Services
  • A Summit of Services for Veterans
  • Thank You for Veterans
  • Containing Candida Auris in Orange County
  • Walking with a Purpose
  • Get to Know Custodian of Records
  • Zest for Health: Sweet Potato and Apple Soup-In Waiting
  • Leveraging Your Benefits: Spending for the Holidays
PDF file October 2019 Issue (PDF)
  • Director's Message
  • Tell Us What's Up!
  • Peer-to-Peer: Alfredo Valle "Preparing the Public"
  • Flu Surveillance in Orange County
  • Preventing Youth Vaping in Orange County
  • Providing Knowledge and Education for Our Future Nurses
  • Suicide Prevention Week in Orange County
  • Meet the 2019 Steve Ambriz Team Nominees
  • Mobile Food Facility Outreach
  • Service Awards - 2019 Fourth Quarter Employee Service Awards
  • Saying 'Food Safety' in Bangla aka Bengali
  • Learning How to Save a Life
  • Promoting Health Snacks in Orange County
  • October is SIDS Awareness Month
  • Atypical NOT ATypical Fire for Health HazMat
  • Parking Lot NEWS!
  • Get Your Free Flu Shot!
  • Prepare for the Great Shakeout
  • Zest for Health: Cranberry Pumpkin Muffins
  • Leveraging Your Benefits
PDF file September 2019 Issue (PDF)
  • Director's Message
  • Tell Us What's Up!
  • Peer-to-Peer: Colleen Brody - Passion & Purpose
  • New Dental Health Officer in Family Health
  • Improving Outcomes for all Mothers & Babies
  • 5 Things You Need to Know About: The Be Well OC Regional Wellness Campus
  • [Secure] Way to Protect Email Data in Emails
  • Dispensing Pills in Correctional Health
  • Prepared Not Scared, National Preparedness Month 2019
  • is Online!
  • Networking for Human Services Providers
  • Play a Part in Suicide Prevention
  • Creating Workplace Wellness Advocates
  • Covering OC During National Night Out 2019
  • Giving the Gift of Life
  • Funding for Mental Health Services in Jails
  • Zest for Health: Ceviche
  • Leveraging Your Benefits
PDF file August 2019 Issue (PDF)
  • Director's Message
  • Tell Us What's Up!
  • Peer-to-Peer: Maria Pirona, A Transformational Theme
  • New OC Health Care Agency Intranet Site
  • New County Health Officer
  • More Food Sites to Inspect at the OC Fair
  • The Plan to be Healthier Together
  • Gold Star Awarded to Jason Austin
  • 5 Things You Need to Know About: DROWNING PREVENTION
  • Award-winning Outreach Campaign for Recycling of Used Oil & Oil Filters
  • Operation Santa Claus
  • A New Homeless Project and "Hope for More"
  • HIV, It's a Human Thing Campaign
  • A First in Orange County for Gay Men's Health
  • New Name, New Home for Office of Vital Records
  • It's National Breastfeeding Month, Lactation Accommodation in the Workplace
  • Filling Needs with Donations for Young Lives
  • A Major Conference on Childhood Obesity
  • Labor Management Committee, Reflection on Winning Steve Ambriz Award
  • Leveraging Your Benefits
  • Zest for Health
PDF file July 2019 Issue (PDF)
  • Director's Message
  • Peer-to-Peer: Rob Panaligan, Paying it Forward
  • Hundreds Given Training to Save a Life
  • Promoting a Cultural Competency Mindset
  • 5 Things You Need to Know About: Elder Abuse
  • KNBC-TV Interview on Innovative Tuberculosis App
  • In Remembrance
  • Mental Health Awareness Month a Success
  • Carrying the Ball on Tuberculosis Testing
  • Girl Scouts + Public Health = Badges
  • Bomb Threat Call at Environmental Health
  • Trauma Center Review in Orange County
  • Leveraging Your Benefits - Step to Better Health and Get a Credit
  • Service Awards
  • Labor Management Committee 101
  • Applications for Steve Ambriz Awards
  • Zest for Health
PDF file June 2019 Issue (PDF)
  • Director's Message
  • Peer-to-Peer: Vanessa McDowell, "From Intern to Service Chief"
  • One Week in the Life of an EPI Response
  • Frequently Asked Questions about Measles
  • Nurses: Outbreak, Opioids & OC ACCEPT
  • A Summit for Lessons and Preparedness
  • Public Health Creates "Nurse Response Teams"
  • Meet Two New Chiefs of Operations
  • Supervisor's Tour & Briefing
  • Peer Into the Future
  • Answering the Public's Call on Measles
  • Accolades and Thank You to Nurses
  • On Guard for Bioterrorism
  • Lab Olympics
  • Everyone Counts - Going Forward with Point In Time Count
  • Sexually Transmitted Disease - Express Testing
  • Swapping Healthly Drinks for Sugary Drinks
  • Zest for Health
PDF file May 2019 Issue (PDF)
  • Deputy Agency Director's Message
  • Peer-to-Peer: Gerrit Kovach, "Hands On, Team First"
  • More on Mental Health Matters Month 2019's Theme: Strength in Community
  • Public Health Puts on a Show(case)
  • Infectious Disease on Flight 1234
  • Disability to Ability Via 3D Printing
  • First MEASLES Case in Orange County in 2019
  • Get in Style the County of Orange Way
  • 5 Things You Need to Know About: PERTUSSIS
  • Seeking Nominees for "Challenge Awards"
  • Zest for Health
PDF file April 2019 Issue (PDF)
  • Director's Message
  • Peer-to-Peer: Loralee Page-Ortez, "You Are Here!" is Clear
  • A Focus on Data for Authority and Quality
  • Action Items from Meetings in Washington, DC
  • Putting Your Clothes to Work
  • Looking for Healthier Stores in Santa Ana
  • Goodbye to Doctor Eric Handler
  • Susan G. Komen: "Worker Bee Award"
  • Reducing the Spread of Superbugs
  • Hospitality, the Hazardous Materials Way
  • Attention: General Safety Training
  • Charlotte Egan: A Rarity Among 89 Award Recipients
  • Service Awards - 2019 Fourth Quarter Employee Service Awards (January 1 - March 31 Hire Dates)
  • "Thank you" to the County's Social Workers
  • DEA National Takeback - Take Them Back - Saturday, April 27th
  • Zest for Health
PDF file March 2019 Issue (PDF)
  • Director's Message
  • Peer-to-Peer: Sara Moskowitz is Helping Young Adults to Write the Story of Their Lives
  • Minding and Mending Children's Mental Health
  • New Role for Emergency Medical Services Doctor
  • Health HazMat Team now in "Busy Cycle"
  • Prepping for "The Big One"
  • 5 Things You Need to Know About: Recent Storms
  • Cast Your Ballot for Public Health
  • Showing the Impact of a New Facility
  • New Food Laws from Kitchens to Sidewalk Vendors
  • Zest for Health
PDF file February 2019 Issue (PDF)
  • Director's Message
  • Peer-to-Peer
  • More Connections for WPC Connect
  • HCA Helping Build a Village for Homeless Vets
  • 5 Things You Need to Know About: New Year, New Makeup on the OC Board of Supervisors
  • Congratulations and So Long, Dr. Sam Stratton
  • From the Flu Desk
  • HCA Websites Now Prepping for "The Big Move"
  • Let's Get Ready to "SOAR"
  • Raise Your Spirit for Better Health
  • The CHAT on Hepatitis A & Influenza
  • What's Up Survey
  • Putting Smiles on Children
  • 9-1-1 Now Just a Text Away in the OC
  • Zest for Health
PDF file January 2019 Issue (PDF)
  • Director's Message
  • Peer-to-Peer
  • How to Receive Your W-2 Form Electronically by January 24
  • Health Care Agency's Internet Sites Will Move to New Platform
  • Orange County Reaches Milestone of 100+ Champion Moms!
  • 5 Things You Need to Know About: California Senate Bill 972
  • Service Awards - 2018 Fourth Quarter Service Awards (10/1 - 12/31 Hire Dates)
  • Zest for Health
  • Complete Annual Compliance Training by February 1st
PDF file December 2018 Issue (PDF)
  • Director's Message
  • Peer-to-Peer
  • WPC Poster Win Ribbons at Statewide Convening
  • HCA Releases Oral Health Strategic Plan
  • 5 Things to Know
PDF file November 2018 Issue (PDF)
  • The Fentanyl Epidemic
  • POD Exercise Prepares OC Cities for Disaster Response
  • Health Inspectors & Food Operators Partner for Success
  • Path to Becoming an EH Specialist
  • 5 Things to Know
PDF file October 2018 Issue (PDF)
  • Director's Message
  • Family Health Services Launches New Smile Habits OC Website and Ad Campaign
  • 2018 Steve Ambriz Team Nominees
  • Testing, Treatment and Care Clinic Receives Ryan White Award
  • 5 Thing You Need to Know
PDF file September 2018 Issue (PDF)
  • Deputy Agency Director's Message
  • Peer-to-Peer
  • A Look Inside the Intake Health Screening Process
  • 5 Things to Know About
  • Oral Healthcare Does the Whole Body Good
  • Providing for Youth's Healthcare Needs is No Small Task
PDF file August 2018 Issue (PDF)
  • Director's Message
  • HCA Announces New Appointments
  • A Firsthand Look at How Environmental Health Keeps Fairgoers Safe
  • 5 Things to Know
  • Personal Stories Among Those Shared at Public Forum
  • Wrapping Up Mental Health Awareness Month
PDF file July 2018 Issue (PDF)
  • Administrative Director's Message
  • Team Building Activities Promote Staff Camaraderie
  • Helping Hands of the Agency: A Firsthand Look at Volunteering
  • 5 Things to Know About
  • Year-End Is the Busiest Time of Year for Accounting Services
  • FY 2018-19 Budget Infographic
PDF file June 2018 Issue (PDF)
  • Director's Message
  • Peer-to-Peer
  • Whole Person Care Pilot Program Wins Top NACo Honors
  • Expanded County Contracted Narcotic Replacement Therapy Services
  • 5 Things You Need to Know
  • OC HCA Celebrates our Fantastic Nurses
PDF file May 2018 Issue (PDF)
  • PHS Director's Message
  • Building Healthier Communities Through Grassroots Effort
  • Event Recognizes Work of Public Health Programs
  • Peer-to-Peer
  • Retirement News
  • Announces New Updates and Tools
PDF file April 2018 Issue (PDF)
  • Director's Message
  • Environmental Health Hosts Delegation from China's FDA
  • HCA Assists With Temporary Expansion of Bridges at Kraemer Place
  • 5 Things You Need to Know
  • Tele-Psychiatry Services Expanded to Meet Growing Need
PDF file March 2018 Issue (PDF)
  • BHS Director's Message
  • BH Crisis Services Are Expanding
  • Collaborative Court Programs Help Our Clients Succeed
  • Property in Orange Will Offer Co-Located BH Services
  • Peer-to-Peer
PDF file February 2018 Issue (PDF)
  • Environmental Health Provides Assistance to Santa Barbara County
  • Opioid Forum
  • 5 Things You Need to Know
  • Retirement News
PDF file January 2018 Issue (PDF)
  • Peer-to-Peer
  • Our Biggest Losers are Winners!
  • OC Selected to Participate in Workshop to Address Community Needs
  • Get to Know Chris Prevatt
PDF file December 2017 Issue (PDF)
  • 2017 Steve Ambriz Award Winner
  • Service Awards
  • New County Email Retention/Deletion Policy
  • 5 Things You Need to Know
PDF file November 2017 Issue (PDF)
  • Food Brings Everyone Together
  • Frequently Asked Questions AlertHCA
  • HCA Achieves Near Paperless Health Record Designation
  • New Resource Shows How Our Community's Kids are Doing

PDF file October 2017 Issue (PDF)

  • Peer-to-Peer: Jason Garcia
  • 5 Things You Need to Know
  • Stop the Flu Before It Stops You!
  • Participants Go Door-To-Door to Test Emerging Mosquito-Borne Disease
PDF file September 2017 Issue (PDF)
  • Walk for a Cause With Team BHS
  • 5 Things You Need to Know
  • That's Some "Quality" Sampling: a Firsthand Look at How We Keep Beachgoers Safe
  • Breastfeeding Moms and Their Families Find Comfort at the OC Fair
PDF file August 2017 Issue (PDF)
  • Donate to OC Shelters with a Simple Click
  • A Fair Assessment: Firsthand Look at OC Fair Food Inspections
  • 2017 Compliance Survey Results Are In
  • 5 Things You Need to Know About West Nile Virus
PDF file July 2017 Issue (PDF)
  • On-Site Certificate Program Helps Staff Receive Master's in Public Health
  • Waste Not OC Coalition Named Community Champion of the Year
  • Contracts Administrator Shares Passion for Perseverance
  • Mental Health Matters Month Messages Resonate Countywide
  • Get Notified About Orange County or Work Location Emergencies

PDF file May 2017 Issue (PDF)

  • New Public Health Lab Director Lands Dream Job
  • Meet Correctional Health Services' Go-To "Computer Pharmacist"
  • Community Partners Recognized for Building Healthier Communities
  • Terry Carrier Honored for 20-Year Commitment to State Board
  • Health Care Agency Nurses Keep Their Skills Sharp

PDF file April 2017 Issue (PDF)

  • Robert Fore Pays it Forward with Help and Kindness
  • James Madison Elementary Joins Fight to End Hunger in
  • 2016 Steve Ambriz Team Excellence Award Winner
  • 5 Things You Need to Know About In-Home Supportive Services and the County of Orange
  • Motel Assistance Program Continues to House More Participants

PDF file March 2017 Issue (PDF)

  • Ten Questions with Mark Refowitz
  • Remembering Anthony "Tony" Rose
  • New Motel Assistance Program Begins Housing Homeless Participants
  • Correctional Health Services Launches New Recognition Program Inspired by "The Starfish Story"
  • Meet Christine Lane, Environmental Health's New Assistant Director

PDF file February 2017 Issue (PDF)

  • IT Work Comes Naturally For Self-Taught Enthusiast
  • Health Disaster Management Staff Honored for Helping Community
  • Mike Carson Profiled by the Curry International Tuberculosis Center
  • Intern Jillian Huynh Praised for Flexibility and Teamwork
  • #MeetTheMDs – The Final Chapter

PDF file January 2017 Issue (PDF)

  • Dr. Eric Handler Named One of OC's 100 Most Influential People of 2016
  • Passion for Helping Others Ignites 30-Year Career in Healthcare
  • Veronica Ramirez-Bartoli Honored for Advancing Work of Promotores
  • David Souleles Selected to Represent HCA on the National Level
  • Mental Health Services Act's Newest Housing Project Welcomes Occupants

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