Over the past year, a number of individuals have been involved with an interagency work group headed up by our state’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to address the troubling reality of suicide. The work group’s first outcome is the recent release of the new state employee suicide prevention website. There are six main sections: Get Help Now; Help a Loved One; Help a Coworker; Manager and HR Resources; If You Have Lost Someone to Suicide; and Understanding Suicide. Click on the link below for more information.
Our Employee Assistance Program continues to be a wonderful source of helpful information! This month’s EAP newsletter, Frontline, offers tips about a number of issues including:
- To-do lists
- Positive thinking/attitudes
- Fitness ideas for the desk worker
Click the link below to take advantage of more ways to improve your work relationships and beyond!
There are just a few days left to enroll in Long-term Disability, which ends on March 31, 2019. This was special, one-time open enrollment opportunity for optional long-term disability insurance. Click the highlighted link above to find out how you can enroll.
On behalf of Sheryl Gordon, Benefits Manager:
The Seattle Visiting Nurse Association (SVNA) will be conducting a flu immunization clinic at Green River College again this year! The clinic is scheduled for:
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 12 noon
Student Union – Emerald City Room
Please see the links below for the Patient Consent Form, Vaccine Information Statement (VIS) and the Seattle Visiting Nurses’ Association Privacy Statement. You don’t need to sign up for your flu shot, just show up with your completed Patient Consent Form on the day of the clinic. SVNA also recommends you bring your insurance card to the clinic. Everyone will need to complete the Patient Consent Form; the information is required in order to process the billing.
SVNA provides the standard Quadrivalent (four strains). The nurses carry a small amount of Thimerosal-Free (preservative free) which they offer to pregnant women as required by WA State regulations. The nurse may accommodate a request by non-pregnant participants for the T-Free vaccine if there are enough doses available at the time of the clinic. SVNA generally gives the standard Quadrivalent vaccine to all non-pregnant participants unless requested otherwise. SVNA does not offer the high dose vaccine for those over 65 years old, the egg-free vaccine, flu mist (nasal spray) or pneumonia vaccine.
What are the payment options?
- SVNA can bill directly for nearly all major insurance plans (they will bill your PEBB Uniform or Kaiser plans). The insurance information will be provided by you on the attached Patient Consent Form. SVNA recommends you bring your insurance card to the clinic.
- Pay cash/check – If a participant is uninsured or if it’s a plan SVNA does not bill, the participant may pay in cash or by check at the time the vaccination is given. SVNA does not take debit or credit cards. The standard Quadrivalent flu shot is $40.
As we’ve noted before, our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) offers us a wealth of information and opportunities to improve our lives at work and away. One of the great resources they offer is the monthly Frontline newsletter. Check the link below for this month’s informative articles!
Our Employee Assistance Program continues to be a wonderful source of helpful information! This month’s EAP newsletter offers tips about a number of issues including:
- Distracted driving
- Social media
- Workplace defensiveness
Click the link below to take advantage of more ways to improve your work relationships and beyond!
This week, a few of our Green River colleagues traveled to Edmonds for a four-day training on preventing dating violence, sexual violence and stalking. Green Dot is a nationally recognized bystander intervention program that seeks to prevent dating and sexual violence by leveraging students, faculty and staff as allies. “It relies on the premise that if everyone does their small part and commits to individual responsibility, the combined effect is a safe campus culture that is intolerant of violence. The college-based curriculum draws heavily on the experiences of college students and the reality of this issue in their lives. This curriculum uses interactive activities to reinforce core concepts and encourages students to envision their future and the world in which they want to live, then aligns their bystander behavior with that vision.”
We look forward to learning some new ways that we can keep Green River a safe and supportive environment!
Our Green River delegation: Chernenko Wheatley – Employee and Labor Relations, Deborah Tugaga – Career and Advising Center, Marvin Viney – Campus Safety, Chelsie Taresh Ciscell – TRiO
From the desk of Marshall Sampson, Vice President of Human Resources and Legal Affairs
Happy New Year and welcome back to those of you who weren’t here during the break! Whether you were here or not, I hope that you saw my very important email regarding the Annual Drug Free Schools & Communities Act Notice for employees of Green River College. It had all sorts of information which is now available on our website at: https://www.greenriver.edu/campus/human-resources/drug-free-schools-and-communities-act/
As a form of enticement to get our readership up, anyone who correctly responded by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, January 3rd with the correct answers was placed in a drawing with one winner from each employee group (Full-Time Faculty, Adjunct Faculty, Classified Staff, and Exempt Staff) winning a $5 Starbucks Gift Card donated by me:
- By RCW, it is prohibited to sell or misrepresent a substance as an illicit drug. Any person who violates the RCW shall, upon conviction, be guilty of a CLASS C FELONY.
- The possible side effects of narcotics are euphoria, drowsiness, nausea, respiratory depression. There are eight narcotics listed. The seventh is FENTANYL.
- The phone number for the Employee Assistance Plan is 877-313-4455.
- In compliance with the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Drug-free Schools and Communities Act (As amended in 1989), Green River college has a policy statement which reads in part, “Employees must, as a condition of working on any Green River College contract or grant, abide by the terms of this statement; and notify the employee’s supervisor not later than FIVE (5) days after any conviction for a criminal drug statute violation that occurred in the workplace.”
- Sending this email is Marshall’s ___________ part of his job.
I will admit that you all had creative answers. Nobody got the last one correct but there were some great guesses out there. Also, I appreciate those of you who included bonus points and other creative ways in an attempt to become one of the winners. It may have worked. The winners are:
Yvonne Huang – Classified
Krish Mahadevan – Faculty
Leslie Soule – Adjunct Faculty
Adrienne Palmer – Exempt
Shirley Bean – Admin
Please stop by AD-17 to pick up your gift card.
Posted on behalf of the Environmental Health and Safety Committee. The Environmental Health and Safety Committee evaluates and recommends ways to make our work environment safer for employees and students.
While stress may not be a physical or visible safety concern, it is still a concern. Everyone deals with some level of stress on a daily basis. Sometimes work pressures can increase an already high stress level. The approaching holiday season can also compound stress levels, making even simple tasks seem overwhelming. If left unchecked, stress can have many effects on our mental and physical well-being. The good news is that there are many resources to help manage stress and daily steps you can take to minimize its effects.
Getting outside for just a few minutes and breathing fresh air can make a big difference in how we handle stressful situations. Just getting up from your desk and walking around anywhere can help. Interacting with co-workers, eating lunch together and having a chance to laugh or smile can boost your mood immediately.
One of the many benefits to working at Green River College is the amazing setting. There are several miles of trails right outside the doors of our buildings. Walking along those trails is a great way to reduce stress levels. On sunny days, you can even walk out and see Mt. Rainier!
If you are feeling stressed please visit some of the following links to get tips on how to cope. There are many other resources not included here, and Green River College also makes counseling services available to both employees and students.
OPEN ENROLLMENT RUNS FROM NOVEMBER 1st – 30th
Changes you can make:
- Change your medical or dental plan, including waiving for an eligible reason;
- Add or remove an eligible dependent;
- Enroll or re-enroll in Medical Flexible Spending or Dependent Care Assistance Program
For more detailed information, see the latest For Your Benefit Newsletter:
Student Affairs and the Office of Human Resources & Legal Affairs are teaming up to bring you the annual flu immunization clinic by the Seattle Visiting Nurse Association. The clinic will be held on Thursday, November 9th from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Emerald Room in the Student Union.
You don’t need to sign up for your flu shot, just show up with your completed Patient Consent Form on the day of the clinic. SVNA also recommends you bring your insurance card to the clinic. Completion of the Patient Consent Form prior to the clinic helps for a smooth flow and decreased wait time.
SVNA provides the standard Trivalent (three strains) or the Quadrivalent (four strains). The nurses carry a small amount of Thimerosal-Free (preservative free) which they offer to pregnant women as required by WA State regulations. The nurse may accommodate a request by non-pregnant participants for the T-Free vaccine if there are enough doses available at the time of the clinic. SVNA generally gives the standard Trivalent vaccine to all non-pregnant participants unless requested otherwise. SVNA does not offer the high dose vaccine for those over 65 years old, the egg-free vaccine, flu mist (nasal spray) or pneumonia vaccine.
Download a Patient Consent Form: http://www.seattlevna.com/2017_Patient_Consent_Form_8-15-2017.pdf
What are the payment options?
- SVNA can bill directly for nearly all major insurance plans (they will be able to bill your PEBB Uniform or Kaiser plans). The insurance information will be provided by you on the Patient Consent Form. SVNA recommends you bring your insurance card to the clinic.
- Pay cash/check – If a participant is uninsured or if it’s a plan SVNA does not bill, the participant may pay in cash or by check at the time the vaccination is given. SVNA does not take credit cards. The standard Trivalent is $30; Quadrivalent is $40 and Thimerosal Free is $35.
Welcome to the new school year! We’d like to introduce the Environmental Health and Safety Committee (EHSC). The committee meets monthly to review and evaluate campus environmental health and safety issues, work on training, and make recommendations to the college.
Every building on campus has a representative on the committee. Representatives are elected each Spring Quarter to serve for the following year.
If you have concerns, you can talk to your building representative at any time. The committee meets the first Monday of every month at 1:00 in the Board Room, and you are always welcome to attend.
Who do I contact if I see a potential health or safety hazard?
· If it’s an immediate threat, call Safety at x2250 or x3350.
· If it’s building- or grounds-related, you can call Facilities at x3333. Don’t assume Facilities already knows about the situation; please call them if you see an issue.
· You can talk to your EHSC representative at any time.
|Anicah Anderson||x5003||Enumclaw/Kent/Auburn ext.|
|Marvin Viney||x2251||Campus Safety|
|Lauren Cline||x4217||Health Services Representative|
|Marshall Sampson||x3320||VP of HR and representing administration|
|Pete (Guadalupe) Morales||x3606||CCA|
Posted on behalf of Chernenko Wheatley, Employee & Labor Relations Manager
Spring is right around the corner and with it warmer weather! Don’t forget about the wonderful trails here at Green River. Many of our staff and faculty have enjoyed these, so I say join them, and you will enjoy them too.
However, if the smell of fresh air, pine trees and wildlife disturb, offend or bring about a severe allergic reaction, then please consider the wellness and fitness programs on campus. We have an awesome Recreation and Athletics Center in the Student Union with a variety of fitness classes. Contact Mollie Gunter for information about hours and fees.
Posted on behalf of Julie French, Health Services Coordinator
In late December, there were news reports of a mumps outbreak in South King County and cases reported in Pierce County. It is important to be aware of the health information in this post, should mumps surface on campus as the winter quarter progresses.
As of January 6th, 2017, there were 123 in King County:
- 94 cases in Auburn
- 9 in Kent
- 5 in Federal Way,
- 3 in Seattle
- 3 each in Algona, Covington and Des Moines.
- 1 each in Bellevue, Black Diamond and Renton
Mumps is a highly contagious, viral illness. We encourage you to help protect the health of our campus, and to prevent the spread of mumps to our local communities by educating yourself about mumps and taking reasonable precautions.
- Mumps is a virus that infects the salivary glands and can be spread through contact with an infected person’s respiratory secretions and saliva. It can be spread before the symptoms begin to show.
- Common symptoms include swelling and tenderness of the cheeks, usually preceded by a fever, headache and muscle aches. Symptoms can develop anywhere from two to four weeks after being exposed to someone with a mumps infection.
- If you experience these symptoms, you should distance yourself from others and be seen by a healthcare provider.
- For more information about mumps and immunization effectiveness please check the King County information page.
Health Services Coordinator
253-833-9111 ext. 2430