Employee News - Sept. 16

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Executive proclamation for 2021 Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month and events

King County Executive Dow Constantine has proclaimed the month beginning Sept. 15 “Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month” in King County. View the official proclamation here.

National Latinx and Hispanic Heritage Month is observed Sept. 15-Oct. 15 in the United States, Canada, and Latin America. This month is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the long, important presence, and contributions of Hispanic and Latino and Latina (Latinx) Americans. More than 62 million people of Latinx ancestry live in the United States, with almost 220,000 calling King County home.

To commemorate the celebration, the King County Latinx Affinity Group (KCLx) in collaboration with Sound Transit Latinx in Transportation and Seattle Department of Transportation Latinx Caucus for Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month has provided a list of events. It includes a few public community events. For more information, view the detailed list here.

Remaining dates for King County employee vaccination clinics

King County is hosting several vaccination clinics open to all employees and their families, with vaccinator partners Discovery Health and Pliable. All King County Executive branch employees must be fully vaccinated by Oct. 18, 2021. Oct. 4 is the last opportunity to get vaccinated to meet the Oct. 18 deadline.

All three vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson) will be available. If you plan to receive your second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine at one of these clinics, be sure to bring your Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card with you.

Walk-ins are welcome, but pre-registration is strongly encouraged to save time. For the Discovery Health clinics, registration will also help you secure your preferred vaccine type.

View the full vaccine schedule here.

Employee Spotlights

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2020 Innovation Award for Equity and Social Justice honorees

The King County Innovation Awards honor employees and teams whose projects, improvements, and ingenuity deliver exceptional, measurable results.

This year’s Equity and Social Justice Award recipient is the Department of Public Health - Seattle & King County’s Community Mitigation and Recovery Team (CMR). These honorees consider challenges within their delivery of services to King County residents, and developed solutions that address important needs. They met each challenge in a creative and forward-thinking manner that reflects our True North values. Read more.


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Receiving a replacement vaccination card

To provide verification of vaccine status, employees need to show official documentation. If you have lost your vaccination card, there are several ways to receive a replacement card or official document:

  • Look up your vaccination from Washington State Department of Health's "My Immunization Registry" (MyIR). If you have registered, log in to MyIR to look up your vaccination record, and then print or take a screenshot or photo of the information. If you do not have an account, you can sign up for MyIR any time.

Read more about receiving a replacement vaccination card.


Get a flu shot this fall

This fall, getting a flu shot is more important than ever. The Balanced You team is organizing onsite flu shot clinics for onsite workers. The schedule and more information about on-site flu clinics is here

If you are working from home, get vaccinated at your physician’s office or local pharmacy. Information for telecommuters seeking a flu shot is here.

It is safe to get a flu shot in the same time frame as a COVID-19 vaccine. King County flu shot clinics are separate from COVID-19 vaccine clinics, so you will have to schedule them separately. View the remaining dates for COVID-19 vaccine clinics.

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Oct. 4 is the last opportunity to get vaccinated to meet the Oct. 18 deadline

If you received the first shot of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, don't forget you'll need a second dose by Monday, Oct. 4 to meet the Oct. 18 deadline for all King County employees to be vaccinated.

If you have not had the Pfizer or Moderna first dose, you can still take the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine by Oct. 4 to meet the deadline. 

Click on this link for more information about the dates to ensure you are fully vaccinated by Oct. 18. You can find out where to get your vaccine and answers to other questions at www.kingcounty.gov/vaccine.

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What are the benefits of getting a COVID-19 vaccine?

Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is not only important in protecting you from contracting the virus, but also in helping protect your family, friends, co-workers, and customers -especially those who may be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 and those who cannot be vaccinated. The vaccination will help keep you from getting sick or seriously ill with COVID-19 and is an important tool to help stop the pandemic.

Click here to read more about the benefits of getting the vaccine


Happy "Puget Sound Starts Here" Month

King County Water and Land Resources is part of the Stormwater Outreach for Regional Municipalities (STORM), a coalition of 83 Puget Sound area cities and counties. This September, as part of "Puget Sound Starts Here" Month, STORM is sharing how caring for our cars can prevent pollution from entering waterways and Puget Sound – and harming salmon.

Get more information and clean water car care tips from the Puget Sound Starts with Car Care initiative at PugetSoundStartsHere.org. There’s also a new video which shares how to drive and take care of our cars to save Puget Sound available with Spanish, Vietnamese, and Korean captions on our YouTube Channel. Happy cleaner commuting!

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Let’s Talk COVID-19: A Conversation on Trauma, Stigma, Grief, and Growth, Sept. 17

King County employees are invited to join community facilitators to hold space for feelings and experiences related to COVID-19 and vaccination. This confidential event will:

  • Make time for conversation about COVID-19 impacted trauma, stigma, grief, and growth, including space to discuss feelings surrounding the vaccine.
  • Provide a safe space centered around Black, Indigenous, People of Color, and those most impacted by COVID-19
  • Share resources and build community through shared experiences

Panelists include: Teri Rogers Kemp (she/her), Black Community Advocate; Amabel Narvaez (they/them), Life Coach and Mental Health Consultant; Silver Lee (they/them), Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Consultant.

COVID-19 Vaccine Overview and Q&A with Dr. Michele Andrasik, Sept. 22 

On Wednesday, Sept. 22, Balanced You will host a second webinar with Dr. Michele Andrasik, Senior Staff Scientist at Fred Hutchinson, for an in-depth overview of the COVID-19 vaccines.

Dr. Andrasik previously hosted a webinar on Sept. 2 about  COVID-19 vaccine safety and efficacy. Watch the recorded webinar and download the slides with notes here


A Conversation on Suicide Awareness and Prevention Webinar, Sept. 23

As we continue to navigate the challenges of COVID-19, paying special attention to your mental health and the mental health of those you love is crucial. In honor of Suicide Awareness and Prevention Month, employees are invited to join Balanced You staff for a virtual panel discussion on Thursday, Sept. 23.

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to preventing suicide and improving mental health. During this one-hour panel discussion, attendees will learn strategies from experts on how to normalize conversations around mental health, identify early warning signs of suicidal ideation, and what resources are available to support the mental health of employees and their loved ones.

  • Thursday, Sept. 23, from 1-2 p.m. Register here. Once registered, Zoom link will be sent via email on the morning of the event.

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Administrative Professionals networking event and performance appraisal strategies, Sept. 28

This bi-monthly networking event will focus on preparing for a successful performance appraisal. Learn and share from peers and colleagues strategies and tips in making the most of the performance appraisal process. 


Training Spotlight: Introduction to the PeopleSoft Happy Path

This training is a prerequisite course for Agency Timekeepers and HR Professionals.

This introductory training is now available on-demand in NEOGOV Learn – take it anytime, anywhere, as it fits your schedule. New timekeepers and HR professionals will get introduced to PeopleSoft, learn how King County uses it, how to navigate around, and how all the data flows and interconnects.

After completing this course, put your new knowledge to the test by doing a fun and interactive "choose your own adventure" style knowledge check course called "Check Your PeopleSoft Happy Path Knowledge!"

 This on-demand training and final knowledge review will take approximately 45 minutes. To enroll in the training, email the Business Resource Center at BRCTraining@kingcounty.gov.


Pet of the Week: Spuds

Hi, my name is Spuds, and I am available for adoption. I am a nine-year-old handsome orange domestic shorthair male cat. I'm an affectionate lovebug who would be thrilled to cuddle up with you at home. My personality color is green. I am an adaptable, outgoing, and carefree cat who loves to go with the flow. I just can't wait to find my forever home.

You can find out more about me and my other friends on our website at www.kingcounty.gov/adoptapet. Note that Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC) has moved to adoptions by appointment only. If you have more questions, you can contact RASKC via phone at 206-296-7387 (PETS) or email pets@kingcounty.gov.

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Featured Job: City Park Neighborhood Outreach Mental Health Professional (MHP)/Social Service Professional (FT/PT)

Salary: $33.73 - $42.75 hourly

Location: Seattle, WA

Job Type: Special Duty Assignment (SDA) or Term Limited Temp (TLT)

Department: DCHS - Community & Human Services

Job Number: 2021SC14210

Division: Behavioral Health and Recovery

Closes: Sept. 17 at 11:59 p.m.

The City Park Neighborhood Outreach Team responds to behavioral health crisis that occur in the City Park Neighborhood of Seattle. If you’re a MHP motivated by helping those in crisis, this team provides equitable opportunities for people to be happy and healthy.

Learn about this position or view all available positions

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