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Oct. 25, 2023

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  • Do you want to help the mental well-being of our teens? Join us for the Mental Health First Aid Winter Summit!
  • We have a timeline for our 2 new recruitments for Director of Public Health and Health Officer.
  • Even if you avoid severe illness, getting sick feels crummy and disrupts your busy life. Protect yourself and your family from respiratory illness.  

Updates

Join us at the teen Mental Health First Aid Winter Summit!

Do you want to learn what’s happening to support the mental well-being of our teens in Pierce County? Join us Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2023, from 3-6 p.m. You’ll:

  • Hear valuable insights from our instructor ambassadors and student leaders about the Pierce County teen Mental Health First Aid program.
  • Participate in a collaborative workshop session.
  • Learn how you can advance this program in Pierce County high schools.
  • Recognize the school districts leading the way in implementing this program in our community.

Support teen mental health in our community! Register here by Nov. 22. Questions? Email Courtney Chandler cchandler@tpchd.org.   

Executive Leader recruitment update

Our Executive Leadership Recruitment Committee recently met to discuss the timeline for our 2 new recruitments for Director of Public Health and Health Officer. They will start the recruitment for both positions later this month. 

  • The goal is to hire the Director of Public Health first, so that person can participate in interviews for the Health Officer. 
  • In the new leadership structure, the Health Officer will report to the Director of Public Health.
  • The executive recruiter’s timeline is to hire the Director of Public Health around the end of 2023 and the Health Officer at the end of January 2024. 
  • The executive recruiter drafted and the Recruitment Committee finalized job announcements for both positions based on the Board of Health’s approved job classifications.
  • What’s next? We will share the 2 new job announcements with staff and stakeholders and hope you will share them with your local and national networks. 

Questions? Email Cindan Gizzi cgizzi@tpchd.org.

Protect yourself and your family from respiratory illness

It’s that time of year when families bring home sniffles and coughs from daycare, school, and work. Are you and your family ready for respiratory illness season?

  • We see seasonal flu activity every year in fall and winter.
  • Last year, we saw a sharp increase in cases of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) among kids and older adults.
  • Add in COVID-19, and it could be a dangerous time for all of us—especially those who are most vulnerable.
  • These respiratory illnesses can cause:
    • Cough.
    • Fever.
    • Sore throat.
    • Body aches.
  • For all 3 diseases, you’re at higher risk to get very sick if you’re:
    • Over age 65.
    • Pregnant.
    • Living with a health condition like asthma, diabetes, or heart disease.
  • The good news is, we know what works best to protect against respiratory illness.

Learn more in this Your Reliable Source blog.

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