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The County’s efforts to protect the community from the spread of novel coronavirus by temporarily sheltering the homeless population are underway with the arrival of 20 state-funded trailers at Glen Helen Regional Park in Devore and the placement of 26 people in a hotel in San Bernardino.
Agreements are in the works with lodging facilities in other cities within the county to house additional homeless individuals and families. The county is exploring other options as well to ensure homeless people who are elderly and who have underlying health conditions, as well as those who are or are suspected of being COVID-19-postive, are sheltered during the crisis.
“This sheltering effort is critical for not only protecting the health of homeless individuals or families but also for protecting the entire community from the spread of the novel coronavirus,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “That is why we are working closely with city and community leaders throughout our county to get these sites up and running. The county is leading the fight against COVID-19, but protecting our communities from this pandemic has to be a team effort involving all of our cities and residents.”
There are more than 2,000 unsheltered homeless individuals living in San Bernardino County. There are approximately 300 homeless identified as extremely high risk by medical doctors due to their age and serious health conditions.
The County’s goal is to secure at least 300 units throughout the county in multiple communities as quickly as possible to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the unsheltered community and the entire county population.
Staff from the County Department of Behavioral Health and organizations that serve the homeless will make phone contact with each homeless individual daily. The county will provide security at each site 24 hours per day, seven days a week. The County, Inland Empire Health Plan, and Molina Healthcare will provide meal packages to all persons in placement.
“The County is maximizing our collective effort to fight this health crisis head-on, which demands the necessary and expedient action of sheltering the homeless in place to reduce the spread of the virus and protect everyone’s safety,” said Board of Supervisors Vice Chair Josie Gonzales.
“We must value the efforts and sacrifices of those who are sheltering at home, by using every means possible to ensure everyone is sheltered in place in order to abate the fast spread of COVID-19,” added Supervisor Gonzales, who is also founder and chair of the San Bernardino County Interagency Council on Homelessness.
In response to Governor Newsom’s Executive Order to protect public safety and the spread of COVID-19 among the state’s most vulnerable populations, San Bernardino County will receive a portion of $800 million in emergency funding to quickly implement creative temporary housing solutions to address the complex public health challenge of protecting vulnerable homeless individuals and communities against exposure to COVID-19.
The Executive Order requires counties to protect public safety and reduce the spread of COVID-19 by providing vulnerable homeless people access to temporary housing, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). San Bernardino County partnered with federal, state, and local agencies to create a plan to provide extensive supportive services to homeless individuals during their 14-day stay.
“Although COVID-19 has forced everyone in our community to make difficult decisions, it has also provided us with an unprecedented opportunity to support people experiencing homelessness,” said San Bernardino County Chief Executive Officer Gary McBride. “Homeless individuals, who once declined the offer for immediate supportive housing, now, like the rest of us, desire protection against COVID-19 in the safety and comfort of a shelter’s four walls. Our hope is that through this crisis, some homeless individuals will recognize the county and the community’s commitment to end homelessness and seek extended services which lead to permanent housing, employment, wellness, and resiliency.”
Homeless individuals over the age of 65 and persons of any age who have underlying health conditions or are immunocompromised, will receive priority housing, followed by pregnant homeless women, and homeless people meeting this criteria who are exposed to the virus and require isolation, but are non-symptomatic.
Homeless people who meet the criteria are contacted by County staff including the Sheriff’s Homeless Outreach and Proactive Enforcement team and Behavioral Health’s Homeless Outreach Support team. Homeless people requiring extensive healthcare services or hospitalization are directed to medical facilities, while others are offered the temporary housing on a voluntary, but conditional basis. Individuals who decline are reminded of social distancing requirements and provided referrals to other resources and services.
Homeless people who desire temporary housing sign an admission agreement, which includes a pledge for no visitors, abstinence from alcohol and substance use, vacating upon the ending of the 14-day stay period or rescinding of the Governor’s Executive Order, and participating in regular meetings with a case manager to develop a plan for immediate and subsequent housing needs. In addition to shelter, food, physical and behavioral health care, laundry facilities, and other resources are provided.
Temporary housing locations approved by the State of California include hotels, motels, trailers, shelters and other areas that allow the ability to practice social distancing and handwashing. Various San Bernardino County agencies, homeless service providers, business owners, cities, and communities are working in collaboration to determine which locations best allow for access to needed services while meeting strict CDC requirements for public safety.
Part of this solution are the 20 trailers that arrived at Glen Helen Regional Park. Each trailer can house one person or a family of two. Occupants will sign agreements requiring them to remain on the park grounds for the duration of the emergency.
For information about the coronavirus crisis, visit the County’s coronavirus website at sbcovid19.com. New information and resources are updated daily. The public can also contact the COVID-19 hotline from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at (909) 387-3911, or email the County at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Esfuerzo de refugio para personas sin hogar para proteger a todos los residentes del condado.
Los esfuerzos del Condado para proteger a la comunidad de la propagación del nuevo coronavirus abrigando temporalmente a la población sin hogar están en curso con la llegada de 20 remolques financiados por el estado en Glen Helen el Parque Regional en Devore y la colocación de 26 personas en un hotel en San Bernardino.
Los acuerdos están en obras con instalaciones de alojamiento en otras ciudades dentro del condado para alojar a personas sin hogar y familias adicionales. El condado está explorando otras opciones también para asegurar que las personas sin hogar que son ancianos y que tienen condiciones de salud subyacentes, así como aquellos que son o son sospechosos de prueba positiva COVID-19, están protegidos durante la crisis.
“Este esfuerzo de refugio es fundamental no sólo para proteger la salud de las personas o familias sin hogar, sino también para proteger a toda la comunidad de la propagación del nuevo coronavirus”, dijo el Presidente de la Junta de Supervisores, Curt Hagman. “Es por eso que estamos trabajando en estrecha colaboración con los líderes de la ciudad y la comunidad en todo nuestro condado para poner estos sitios en funcionamiento. El condado está liderando la lucha contra COVID-19, pero proteger a nuestras comunidades de esta pandemia tiene que ser un esfuerzo colectivo.”
Hay más de 2,000 personas sin hogar sin refugio viviendo en el Condado de San Bernardino. Hay aproximadamente 300 personas sin hogar identificadas de muy alto riesgo por los médicos debido a su edad y condiciones de salud graves.
El objetivo del Condado es asegurar al menos 300 unidades de alojamiento en todo el condado en múltiples comunidades tan pronto como sea posible para contener la propagación de COVID-19 en la comunidad no protegida y toda la población del condado.
El personal del Departamento de Salud Conductual del Condado y las organizaciones que sirven a las personas sin hogar harán contacto telefónico con cada persona sin hogar todos los días. El condado proporcionará seguridad en cada sitio las 24 horas del día, los siete días de la semana. El Plan de Salud del Condado, Inland Empire y Molina Healthcare proporcionarán paquetes de comidas a todas las personas que se encuentren en la colocación.
“El Condado está maximizando nuestro esfuerzo colectivo para combatir esta crisis de salud de frente, que exige la acción necesaria y conveniente de refugio a las personas sin hogar en lugar para reducir la propagación del virus y proteger la seguridad de todos”, dijo Josie Gonzales, Vicepresidenta de la Junta de Supervisores.
“Debemos valorar los esfuerzos y sacrificios de aquellos que se refugian en casa, utilizando todos los medios posibles para asegurar que todos estén protegidos en su lugar con el fin de reducir la rápida propagación de COVID-19”, agregó el Supervisor Gonzales, quien también es fundador y presidente del Consejo Interinstitucional del Condado de San Bernardino sobre de la falta de vivienda.
En respuesta a la Orden Ejecutiva del Gobernador Newsom para proteger la seguridad pública y la propagación de COVID-19 entre las poblaciones más vulnerables del estado, el Condado de San Bernardino recibirá una porción de $800 millones en financiamiento de emergencia para implementar rápidamente soluciones creativas de vivienda temporal para abordar el complejo desafío de salud pública de proteger a las personas sin hogar vulnerables y las comunidades contra la exposición a COVID-19.
La Orden Ejecutiva requiere que los condados protejan la seguridad pública y reduzcan la propagación de COVID-19 proporcionando a las personas sin hogar vulnerables acceso a viviendas temporales, como recomiendan los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC). El Condado de San Bernardino se asoció con agencias federales, estatales y locales para crear un plan para dar amplios servicios de apoyo a personas sin hogar durante sus estancias de 14 días.
“Aunque COVID-19 ha obligado a todos en nuestra comunidad a tomar decisiones difíciles, también nos ha proveído de una oportunidad sin precedentes para apoyar a las personas que sin hogar”, dijo Gary McBride, Director Ejecutivo del Condado de San Bernardino. “Las personas sin hogar, que una vez rechazaron la oferta de vivienda de apoyo inmediato, ahora, como el resto de nosotros, desean protección contra COVID-19 en la seguridad y comodidad de las cuatro paredes de un refugio. Nuestra esperanza es que a través de esta crisis, algunas personas sin hogar reconozcan el compromiso del condado y de la comunidad de poner fin a la falta de vivienda y buscar servicios extendidos que conduzcan a la vivienda permanente, el empleo, el bienestar y la resiliencia”.
Las personas sin hogar mayores de 65 años y las personas de cualquier edad que tienen condiciones de salud subyacentes o están inmunocomprometidas, recibirán vivienda prioritaria, seguidas por mujeres sin hogar embarazadas, y personas sin hogar que cumplan con estos criterios que estén expuestas al virus y requieran aislamiento, pero no sean sintomáticas.
Las personas sin hogar que cumplen con los criterios son contactadas por el personal del condado, incluyendo el equipo de alcance de personas sin hogar y de cumplimiento proactivo del sheriff y el equipo de apoyo de alcance para personas sin hogar de Behavioral Health. Las personas sin hogar que requieren servicios de salud extensos u hospitalización se dirigen a los centros médicos, mientras que a otras se les ofrece la vivienda temporal de forma voluntaria, pero condicional. A las personas que declinan se les recuerdan los requisitos de distanciamiento social y se les proporcionan referencias a otros recursos y servicios.
Las personas sin hogar que desean una vivienda temporal firman un acuerdo de admisión, que incluye una promesa para no tener visitantes, abstinencia del consumo de alcohol y sustancias, desocupar al final del período de estadía de 14 días o la rescisión de la Orden Ejecutiva del Gobernador, y participar en reuniones regulares con un administrador de casos para desarrollar un plan para las necesidades de vivienda inmediatas y posteriores. Además de refugio, se proporcionan alimentos, atención médica física y conductual, instalaciones de lavandería y otros recursos.
Las ubicaciones de alojamiento temporales aprobadas por el estado de California incluyen hoteles, moteles, remolques, refugios y otras áreas que permiten la capacidad de practicar el distanciamiento social y el lavado de manos. Varias agencias del Condado de San Bernardino, proveedores de servicios para personas sin hogar, propietarios de negocios, ciudades y comunidades están trabajando en colaboración para determinar qué ubicaciones permiten mejor el acceso a los servicios necesarios mientras cumplen con estrictos requisitos de los CDC para la seguridad pública.
Parte de esta solución son los 20 remolques que llegaron al Parque Regional Glen Helen. Cada remolque puede alojar a una persona o una familia de dos. Los ocupantes firmarán acuerdos que les exijan permanecer en los terrenos del parque durante la duración de la emergencia.
Para obtener información sobre la crisis del coronavirus, visite el sitio web del coronavirus del Condado en sbcovid19.com. La nueva información y los recursos se actualizan diariamente. El público también puede comunicarse con la línea directa COVID-19 de 9 a.m. a 5 p.m., de lunes a viernes al (909) 387-3911, o enviar un correo electrónico al Condado en coronavirus-dph.sbcounty.gov.
January is Poverty Awareness Month and throughout the month, San Bernardino County Human Services and partners will have a number of events and activities to elevate awareness about intergenerational poverty and services provided by the County and community: http://hs.sbcounty.gov/povertyawareness/Pages/default.aspx.
In addition, there will be a number of events and activities to for the public to attend:
Poverty Awareness Screening and Panel Discussion
Thursday, Jan. 21 Noon – 2 p.m.
San Bernardino Valley College
701 S. Mt. Vernon Ave., San Bernardino, Room B-100
Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 10 AM – 12 PM
Victor Valley College
18422 Bear Valley Rd, Victorville, California 92395
Student Activities Center (SAC) Building 44, A-D (upstairs)
On the Right Start Resource Fairs
Wednesday, Jan. 8, 9 a.m. – Noon
IEHP Community Resource Center
12353 Mariposa Rd.
Suites C-2 & C-3, Victorville
Friday, Jan. 17, 9 a.m. – Noon
Home of Neighborly Services
839 N. Mt. Vernon Ave., San Bernardino
Thursday, Jan. 30, 9 a.m. – Noon
San Bernardino Valley College
701 S. Mt. Vernon Ave., San Bernardino
Room B-100 – Parking in Lots 9,10 &11
Don’t know how to beat the heat? The good people at San Bernardino County 211 have compiled a list of more than 70 places throughout the county that are cool when the weather is hot. Click here to find the one closest to you.
You can also call 211 to find the nearest Extreme Heat Cooling Center or help dealing with any food, shelter, healthcare or social services needs. But if you need immediate medical attention, call 911.
Inland Empire men will be inspired, educated and better equipped to tackle the challenges of fatherhood and to be actively engaged in their children’s lives during the 2016 Inland Empire Fatherhood Conference.
The Aug. 20 conference, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at San Bernardino Valley College, 701. S. Mt. Vernon Ave. in San Bernardino, will feature workshops. There will be Spanish translation available. Jaiya John, a renowned author, poet and spoken word artist, is the keynote speaker at the Inland Empire Father Involvement Coalition (IEFIC) event. John, the author of “Father to Son: Ode to Black Boys,” will do a meet-and-greet and sign several of his books following his remarks. To register for the conference, visit www.iefathers.org/conference
“One of the most consequential social trends of our time is father absenteeism,” said Lesford Duncan of the County Children’s Network, who serves as co-chair of the Inland Empire Father Involvement Coalition (IEFIC). “The absence of a father increases a child’s risk of experiencing a host of poor outcomes in the short and long term, such as poverty, poor school performance, child abuse and neglect, emotional and behavioral problems, and incarceration.”
Now in its second year, the conference is a collaboration by the Inland Empire Father Involvement Coalition (IEFIC), a group of community-based organizations, county agencies, faith-based organizations, and individuals from various professions working to reduce father absenteeism and the negative images of fatherlessness. The mission of the IEFIC is to encourage healthy child development by promoting the involvement, necessity, and value of the role of fathers in the family and community. Participating San Bernardino County agencies include the Children’s Network, Children and Family Services, Preschool Services Department, First 5 San Bernardino, Child Support Services, Department of Behavioral Health, Department of Public Health Women, Infants and Children (WIC), and Probation.
Children’s Network of San Bernardino County works to improve the quality of life for children at risk who, because of behavior, abuse, neglect, medical needs, educational assessment, and/or detrimental daily living situations are eligible for services from one or more of the member agencies of the Children’s Policy Council.
Children’s Network and the Inland Empire Father Involvement Coalition are doing their part to help the community achieve the Countywide Vision by ensuring residents have the resources they need to provide the necessities of life to their families. Information on the Countywide Vision can be found at www.sbcounty.gov/vision
A director with 25 years of experience in meeting the social service and mental health needs of San Bernardino County residents was appointed on Tuesday by the Board of Supervisors to lead County Human Services.
CaSonya Thomas, director of the Department of Behavioral Health, will succeed Linda Haugan, who is retiring as Assistant Executive Officer of Human Services on Oct. 15 after more than 35 years of service to the County.
Haugan has spent the past 11 years as head of Human Services, a County agency that includes eight departments, more than 6,000 employees, and a $1.9 billion annual budget. Both Haugan and Thomas began their careers in what is now known as the Transitional Assistance Department as eligibility workers, an entry-level position in County Government. Thomas began her career in 1991.
Their careers illustrate the County’s successful efforts – mandated by the Board of Supervisors – to identify and develop talent from within the County organization, and ensure the County maintains a bench of qualified managers and executives to promote when vacancies occur. This practice will allow a nearly three-month transition for Thomas to work closely with Haugan before assuming her new role.
“It is an honor to receive this appointment, which comes with a tremendous responsibility to the people of San Bernardino County,” Thomas said. “Each day, Human Services changes lives through a number of programs and services, and we will remain committed to our Countywide Vision to build healthier communities by strengthening individuals and families, enhancing quality of life and valuing people.”
Thomas has held a number of positions within Human Services over the course of her 25-year County career, including Director of Behavioral Health and executive and management positions within Human Services. Under Thomas’ leadership, Behavioral Health played a key role in the County’s efforts to assist the survivors of the Dec. 2, 2015 terrorist attack in San Bernardino and the families of those who died.
“CaSonya Thomas is an outstanding employee and an asset to the county. As the newly appointed Assistant Executive Officer for Human Services, Ms. Thomas will bring professionalism and expertise that will continue to strengthen the County of San Bernardino,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman and Third District Supervisor James Ramos.
“CaSonya has proven herself as a successful and well-qualified leader for this position. Her experience, hard work and professionalism will serve our residents and the County well,” said Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman and First District Supervisor Robert Lovingood.
“It was a privilege to appoint Ms. Thomas as the Director of the Department of Behavioral Health in 2012, and I am thrilled to now support her appointment as the Assistant Executive Officer for Human Services,” said Fifth District Supervisor Josie Gonzales. “I am so pleased to see her succeed and I have no doubt she’ll continue to do a remarkable job.”
“CaSonya has consistently demonstrated her commitment to the well-being of all county residents,” said Second District Supervisor Janice Rutherford. “Her intelligence, compassion and creativity are perfectly suited to the challenges we face.”
Haugan assumed the reins of Human Services in July 2005 after an already-notable career that included the implementation of the landmark C-IV Statewide Automated Welfare System. Her first order of business as Human Services chief was to successfully and dramatically reduce the County’s food stamp error rate.
Throughout her tenure, Haugan has fostered collaboration between Human Services departments to improve services to the public, a practice that has made the County a consistent leader in winning national and state awards for innovative and effective programs.
“I have had the good fortune of working with many talented people who carry out their public service mission with passion and intelligence. That’s why I feel I am leaving Human Services in a very good state and in very good hands,” Haugan said.
Thomas has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a post-graduate degree in public administration, both from California State University, San Bernardino. She is also certified in healthcare compliance by the national Health Care Compliance Association.
Thomas serves as president-elect to the County Behavioral Health Directors Association of California (CBHDA), whose goals include advocating and developing public policy agendas that support access to necessary quality services that promote behavioral health and wellness, and resiliency and recovery in communities. She also is co-chair of the CBHDA Cultural Competence, Equity and Social Justice Committee.
Human Services departments, divisions and offices include Aging and Adult Services, Animal Care and Control, Behavioral Health, Child Support Services, Children and Family Services, Children’s Network, Environmental Health Services, Homeless Services, Preschool Services, Public Health, Transitional Assistance and Veterans Affairs.
Inland Empire men will have the chance to be inspired, educated and better equipped to tackle the challenges of fatherhood and to be actively engaged in their children’s lives during the Inland Empire Fatherhood Conference.
The Aug. 15, 2015 conference, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Inland Regional Center at 1365 South Waterman Ave in San Bernardino, will feature several speakers and workshops that will provide fathers with information and resources. Keynote speakers for the event include Richard Jones, an actor, and Barry E. Knight, an author and leadership coach. Topics addressed during the workshops include: tips for new and young fathers, financial empowerment for dads, how to navigate the systems, fathering children with disabilities, and several others To register, visit http://fathers.eventbrite.com.
Participating San Bernardino County agencies include the Children’s Network, Children and Family Services and Preschool Services Department, Behavioral Health, Public Health, Child Support Services, Probation, Superintendent of Schools, and others.
View more information: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MaPNoqAaBZM
A plan to transform San Bernardino County into a healthier place to live, work, learn, and play will be formally unveiled during the National Innovative Communities Conference on June 23, 2015, at the Ontario Convention Center. The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors received and filed the plan during Tuesday’s meeting. The Community Transformation Plan is currently available on the Community Vital Signs website at www.communityvitalsigns.org and copies will also be available at all local San Bernardino County Public Library branches.
“Releasing a transformation plan alone is not enough to achieve transformation,” said San Bernardino County’s Public Health Officer, Dr. Maxwell Ohikhuare. “It is a call for community action with an understanding that wellness extends beyond just physical health. On behalf of Community Vital Signs, I invite everyone to join us to create opportunities for health and wellness in all of our communities.”
The Community Transformation Plan, which will be presented during a conference breakout session entitled, Transforming Health in our Communities through Collective Impact, offers a common understanding of key issues facing County residents, and potential cross-cutting strategies and policy recommendations for addressing the priority areas of: Education; Economy; Access to Health and Wellness; and Community and School Safety. It is a culmination of over two years of data analysis, community engagement and feedback, and input from subject experts across a broad spectrum of sectors. In addition to establishing collective goals and measures of success, the plan will be used for prioritizing existing activities, setting new priorities, aligning the use of resources, and mobilizing action among all sectors in a strategic manner.
The Community Vital Signs Initiative addresses the Wellness Element of the Countywide Vision. Developed through collaborative efforts of residents, community organizations, and government agencies, it sets evidence-based goals and priorities that align and leverage resources to improve the overall health and well-being of the County’s residents.
Since 2013, the Community Vital Signs initiative has engaged more than 2,000 stakeholders from healthcare, education, public safety, business, government, transportation, faith-based and community-based organizations, and residents for developing a collective plan to create a healthy county through prioritized and strategic action.
A commitment to the Countywide Vision and improving the quality of life for San Bernardino County residents was celebrated at the Government Center Thursday during the Public Service Recognition Award for Excellence ceremony. The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors and Chief Executive Officer Gregory C. Devereaux recognized 42 County employees during the annual event that recognizes the everyday work of public servants. One employee from each County department was selected for an Award for Excellence, based on outstanding service to the county and its citizens.
“It is our goal to have a vibrant economy and a skilled workforce. Each of these honorees is a reflection of the Countywide Vision in action,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman James Ramos. “We thank them for their continued commitment to improving the quality of life for those whom we serve.”
The honoree selection was based on specific criteria including customer service, initiative and leadership, accomplishments, and the commitment to the realization of our Countywide Vision. Following the awards presentation, honorees were recognized with a private reception in the government center rotunda, sponsored by the San Bernardino County Human Resources department.
This year marked the 26th year the County has participated in this national Public Service Recognition event. Public employees in the United States and around the world take part in the annual celebration honoring the men and women serving America as federal, state, and local government employees.
The following County employees were recognized as part of Public Service Recognition Week:
Robert Saldana, Administrative Office – Finance and Administration
Willo Couey, Aging and Adult Services
Paul Sharpe, Agriculture/Weights and Measures
Rikki Vahovick, Airports
Louis Tickemyer, Architecture & Engineering
Staci McClane, Arrowhead Regional Medical Center
Ed Liou, Assessor-Recorder-County Clerk
Joanna De La Cruz, Auditor-Controller/Treasurer/Tax Collector
Dr. Gurmit Sekhon, M.D., Department of Behavioral Health
Tina Sides, Department of Child Support Services
Sheila Muir, Children and Family Services
Anne Michelle Ellis, Children’s Network
Michelle Moreno, Clerk of the Board
Kathryn Brann, Community Development and Housing
Angela Rodriguez, County Counsel
Flerida Alarcon, District Attorney
Monique Carter, Economic Development
Dyana Peterson, Facilities Management
Shane Glaze, Fire
Scott McGrath, First 5
Gary Schiele, Fleet Management
Elena Zamuner, Human Resources
Mary Chase, Human Services Administration
Anju Kapoor, Information Services
Larita Manalili, Land Use Services
Michael Jimenez, Library
Craig Putnam, Museum
Joe Prologo, Preschool Services Department
Mark Bradley, Probation
Raymond Bell, Public Defender
Jason Phillippe, Department of Public Health
Richard Cho, Public Works
Debra Kirkpatrick, Purchasing
Michele Cohn, Real Estate Services
Wayne Hartel, Regional Parks
Kamelyta Plimley, Registrar of Voters
Brent Williams, Risk Management
Jassmyn Sanchez, Sheriff/Coroner/Public Administrator
Tim Millington, Special Districts
Richard Calles, Transitional Assistance Department
Malinda Hernandez, Veterans Affairs
Madeline Tsang, Workforce Development Department
San Bernardino County’s Human Services communications team, the Economic Development Agency and the San Bernardino County Employees’ Retirement Association (SBCERA) were recognized at the 2014 Polaris Awards by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA)-Inland Empire Chapter on Nov. 19 at Center Stage Theater in Fontana.
PRSA’s Polaris Awards program recognizes the outstanding and creative public relations strategies used by professionals dedicated to the advancement of communications. Human Services’ communications team; Cindie Perry, deputy director of the Economic Development Agency; and SBCERA were recognized among communications professionals from the private and public sectors.
Human Services Communications Officer C.L. Lopez and Media Specialist Cindi Malvin accepted three Capella Awards for the HS Connection newsletter, the 2013 Human Services Annual Report and their photo gallery of the Dogs of Rainbow’s End. The photo gallery of dogs rescued during a 2013 hoarding case was featured in an Associated Press photo gallery and garnered international media coverage.
“We are very proud of the work of our Human Services Communications team,” said Chief Learning Officer Summer Adams. “These awards honor the work of the team’s first full-year working together and great things have already been accomplished in their telling of the stories of Human Services.”
The Economic Development Agency was given a Capella Award for the 2014 State of the County event held at Ontario Business Bank Arena in February.
SBCERA was recognized for their 2013 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, “Mission Retirement.”
Working to achieve health and well being for San Bernardino County residents is a priority for Community Vital Signs, a health improvement effort developed through the collaboration of county residents, community organizations and government agencies.
The Community Vital Signs initiative addresses the Wellness Element of the Countywide Vision. It sets evidence-based goals and priorities that align and use our resources to improve the overall health and well-being of the county’s residents.
In April, Community Vital Signs was featured in the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps Community Spotlight. County Health Rankings & Roadmaps is collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. The website feature highlights Community Vital Signs’ efforts to engage the community in working toward wellness.
The Community Spotlight can be viewed at http://www.countyhealthrankings.org/community-spotlights/community-engages-san-bernardino-county-ca-assessment.