Employee Events (June 9, 2014)

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Feds Feed Families Summer Campaign 2014

This summer’s Feds Feed Families campaign officially began on June 1 and will run through August 27, 2014.  The FEMA celebratory national kick off will take place at FEMA Headquarters, 500 C. Street, SW NRCC (Mezzanine) at 2:00 p.m on June 11, 2014.

Since the campaign began in 2009, Federal workers have donated and collected 24.1 million pounds of food and other non-perishable items to support families across America.  More than 85 percent of Federal workers live and work outside the Washington D.C. area, so we are helping communities in every state.  Last year, Federal agencies combined collected nearly 9 million pounds of food.  For 2014, we are asking for your help again to “beat your previous best”!  

All FEMA Headquarters, Regional, and Field locations, are asked to participate in this year’s campaign. Research shows that one in every five Americans will go to bed hungry.   In fact, D.C. has the second highest child food insecurity rate of any other state in the nation, with 30 percent of children under the age of 18 living in food insecure households? Learn more about Hunger in the Washington Metro Area and how you can help “Knock Out Hunger” at Capital Area Food Bank.   The Regional and Field locations can share their collections with their local food banks; we are looking forward to ensuring the FFF campaign will stretch across America and be visible and active in every state. Regional offices and field sites needing boxes can contact www.FeedingAmerica.org and the website for FFF is www.fedsfeedfamilies.gov for information.

This years’ collection format for “Knock Out Hunger” has changed – instead of giving food to the food banks every month, we must collect and donate food every week so that the Pantries can stay stocked and remain opened.   FEMA’s mission depends upon food pantries and banks to help in the recovery of over 56,000 disaster survivors, annually. Won’t you join us by putting on your gloves and engaging in the battle to “Knock Out Hunger”?  Please bring non-perishable food items and place them into a designated collection box located in your Federal workplace. Cash is not accepted.

Become a FEMA Hall of Famer by starting with 255lbs.   Suggested tips and items most wanted are listed below:

  • First Week (June 3-7) - "Week Day Necessities"  - Macaroni Monday, Toiletries Tuesday, Water Wednesday, Tuna Thursday, and, Flour Friday;
  • Second Week (June 10-14 ) - "Kids Care" - Baby food, diapers, lotions, children's foods;
  • Third Week (June 17-21 ) - "All Star Breakfast”  - Cereals, oatmeal, breakfast/granola bars;
  • Fourth Week (June 24-28) - "To Your Health" - Electrolyte drinks, water, nuts, canned fish, beans and meat;
  • Fifth Week (July 1-5) - "Survival Pantry" - Everything!  Especially protein, carbohydrates and fats to keep energy up!
  • Six Week  (July 8-12) - "Help after a Disaster” – The goal is to  collect  255 pounds of canned goods per person or 500 lbs. or more per group/team;
  • Seventh Week (July 15-19) – “2020 Healthy People” repeat Survival Pantry suggestions; Select foods with less sodium so that those fed may be healthy;
  • Eighth Week (July 29-August 2) – Children need to eat right – oatmeal, pancake mix, corn, peanut butter, canned chili, peaches and soups;
  • Ninth Week (August 5-9) – Healthier Feds Challenge – paper products, napkins, (toilet tissue); feminine hygiene products, toothpaste, toothbrushes, etc.
  • Tenth Week (August 19-28) – FedsGetFit Challenge – pasta, rice, dried beans, apple sauce, canned peas, lima, navy, kidney, black beans;
  • Eleventh Week (August 13-17) –School Preparedness Tool kits- Paper, pencils, pens, erases, backpacks;
  • Twelfth Week – (August 20-27) – College Tool Kits: can goods with pop up openers, snacks, popcorn, peanuts, peanut butter, raisins; all healthy and low in sodium products.

FEMA’s employees work hard to make a difference in the lives of disaster survivors, especially during recovery, where food and water are the main resources for continued health. 

NOTE: All donations are voluntary and are tax deductible.

Questions, Stories and Photos should be forwarded to: Yvonnzier Staley, HR Specialist, at Yvonnzier.Staley@fema.dhs.gov or (202)212-2079, or email FEMA-HC-Worklifeprograms@FEMA.dhs.gov

Managing Teleworkers Webinar/ Lunch and Learn

500 “C” Street Macy Conference Room 8N (OA/OCC)/Webinar

FEMA Managers and Supervisors are invited to join the Office of the Component Chief Human Capital Employee Services Branch, Work life Programs for a “Managing Teleworker’s Webinar/Lunch & Learn.  The session will take place on Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 11:00 am-12:00 pm EDT. 

This seminar addresses the unique challenges that managers of teleworkers face. We will discuss the reservations inherent in allowing work from home arrangements, the realities of today’s workplace, and the characteristics of “Tele-manager's.” This seminar is designed to help identify the potential benefits, good candidates, and the possible challenges.

Please note participants will have the option of joining us by webinar, using the link below, or in person in the Macy Conference Room 8N, 500 “C” Street SW, Washington DC.

Please use the following link to access the webinar: https://fema.connectsolutions.com/r7jvoycdy97/

Conference number: 1-800-320- 4330

Participant code:       841275

Email questions to: FEMA-HC-WorkLifePrograms@fema.dhs.gov

SAVE THE DATES! Employee Development Opportunities Open House

Learn more about the available activities, workshops and leader development programs available to employees.  Visit with program graduates, learn about the book club, and get information on the application/registration process.  The afternoon session is available for VTC to fixed sites outside the DC area.  Email EDU@fema.dhs.gov to register for an Open House.  

Open Houses are scheduled for:

  • Friday, June 27   
    9:00-11:00 am and 1:00-3:00 pm
  • Wednesday, September 10 
    9:00-11:00 am and 1:00-3:00 pm

National Men’s Health Week

The National Men’s Health Week, June 9-15, 2014 coincides with Father’s Day.  In 1994, Congressman Bill Richardson stated, “recognizing and preventing men’s health problems is not just a man’s issue.  Because of its impact on wives, mothers, daughters, and sisters, men’s health is truly a family issue.”  When a man is ill, the whole family suffers. Since Men’s Health is a family affair, this year’s theme heightens awareness of preventable health problems among men, boys and families. FEMA encourages employees to participate in making healthy eating choices, to engage in free screenings for early detection, treatment of diseases among males and the benefits for the whole family. So men, do it for the all the females in the family – learn more about your health.

Men's Health Awareness Lunch and Learn

FEMA Physician in Resident, Dr. Patrick Crarey will lead a lunch and learn on Men’s Health Awareness, Wednesday, June 11, 2014, at 11:00-12:30 (EDT) to bring the health message to all of FEMA employees nation-wide on prevention, healthy choices, screening, and educational materials that help men to make wise decisions.  Join Dr. Crarey at Headquarters, 500 C Street, SW, Room 7SW-3505 or call 1-800-320-4330 Pin# 783494 to learn how to take care of your husband, father, grandfather and bring a friend or co-worker to listen to this live session.                               

For further information please contact FEMA-HC-Worklifeprograms@fema.dhs.gov or call (202) 212-2079.

Women’s Health Program

You are invited to join NIH Expert Maggie Brewinski Isaacs, M.D., M.P.H., to learn how women’s health research has expanded to improve healthy lifestyles and behavior and identify areas in which you can make adjustments for risk reduction and disease prevention.

Date:  June 25, 2014 at 2:00 EDT 

Location: Innovation Lab, Room 324

Phone: 1-800-320-4330, Pin #120306  

Questions: Contact FEMA-HC-Worklifeprograms@fema.dhs.gov or call (202) 212-2079.

Dr. Brewinski Isaacs joined NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) in 2013. She is a physician board certified in both Pediatrics and Preventive Medicine. Previous experience includes serving as team lead at the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI) and as the Immunization Officer in Guyana with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)/World Health Organization (WHO). Dr. Brewinski Isaacs has also worked with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) as the Senior Technical Advisor for Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) and Pediatric HIV, and served as co-chair of the PEPFAR PMTCT and Pediatric HIV Technical Working Group. Her publications include work on complications of HIV treatment in children, PMTCT, and general pediatrics.

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07/24/2014 - 16:00
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