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DHS News August 2010

pdf.gif August 2010 DHS Newsletter 


Scholars in Local Government Program seeks new applicants
Every August, DHS begins accepting applications for the Scholars in Local Government Program, an initiative to attract recent graduates of master’s, law or doctoral-level degree programs in public policy, public administration, social work, business, law and related fields to work at DHS.

DHS hosts two events for returning services men and women 
DHS and Allegheny County Veterans’ Services will host two events this fall focusing on veterans and veterans’ behavioral and physical health issues.

Inaugural EARN Star Awards honors participants for achieving goals, never giving up 
The first Star Awards were presented in June to recognize five individuals from the DHS Office of Community Services EARN (Employment, Advancement, and Retention Network) program for the extraordinary efforts they have made towards reaching their goals. Those honored during the evening were Victoria Smith, Ernest Jones, Michael Bradley, Jacqueline Miles, and Carole Coleman.

Better Choices, Better Health workshop schedule released 
Better Choices, Better Health, the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program in Allegheny County, has released the fall schedule for its workshops aimed at adults age 60 and older. See the grid on the next page for the complete schedule of workshops.

Inua Ubuntu offers robust community services to avoid placement 
Marcia Sturdivant, Ph.D., DHS Deputy Director, Office of Children, Youth and Families (CYF) knows that although African-Americans account for only 12 percent of Allegheny County’s population, they represent 60 percent of the CYF caseload. Dr. Sturdivant also understands the greater impact of such disproportionate representation in the child welfare system.

CYF celebrates keeping families together 
Thousands came to Schenley Park Ice Skating Rink on Friday, August 27 to help the DHS Office of Children, Youth and Families celebrate and recognize families as the foundation of our communities.

KEYS Service Corps honors recent graduates, prepares to start new members 
KEYS (Knowledge to Empower Youths to Success) Service Corps, an AmeriCorps program run out of the DHS Office of Community Services, recently hosted an ice-cream social to honor the 63 summer members who completed their 450 hours of service. Only one member did not complete the term, putting KEYS far above the national 90 percent graduation benchmark.

KUDOS 
AIMS staff wins speech contest, moves on to next round


We welcome your story ideas, employee news and comments. If you’ve got news you’d like to see in DHS NEWS, contact:

Jonathan McKain
Senior Communications Specialist
Allegheny County Dept. of Human Services
Office of Community Relations
412-350-3439
Jonathan.McKain@AlleghenyCounty.us