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THE BEACON IS GETTING A NEW LOOK!

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A Note From the MDHS Communication Team

As a growing communications department, we want you to know that we are here to help. The Communications Team (Paul, Vanessa and Morgan)  are  here to lead the efforts in the following areas:
 
  • Managing media and marketing
  • Overall marketing strategy and execution ​​
  • Managing Social Media i.e. promoting divisions and each of their initiatives via Twitter and Facebook  
  • Managing and launching campaigns
  • Graphic design 
  • Creating brochures for the division and other marketing material i.e event programs, booklets, reports and posters​
  • Internal communications including the staff newsletter and briefings
  • Helping with special events i.e. invitations, advertising through social media
  • Maintaining website
  • Contacting press 
 
and that’s just the beginning. We want to be the source of help to all divisions in terms of marketing, communications and press. If you need anything, we are here to help and will work with you in creating something great that everyone can be proud of.
 
With the re-launch of The Beacon, we are asking that everyone participate in making it something great. We would like to get good stories from everyone. Share something that motivates and inspires you. The stories may be about family members, co-workers or something that you have heard along the way. Something that touches you and brings a smile to your face. This could include community services, volunteering, someone graduating or nominating a fellow coworker for employee of the month. We would also like to shed some light on man’s best friend, send us some pictures of your furry friends in action and tell us why they are so great. We also want to start featuring amazing recipes that bring friends and families together.
 
We really want anything that makes you wake up and say this is a great day that promotes family, community and work place togetherness. We look forward to seeing what you send us. Please send all information to mdhs.communications@mdhs.ms.gov.
 
Who knows, you might be part of the next beacon.



 
-Sincerely
     Vanessa Lowe        Paul Nelson        Morgan Stewart
      Director of Media Relations  |  Director of Communications   |   Senior Graphic Designer

FALL 2016

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Top: Lowndes County staff celebrates Breast Cancer Awareness month with a pink balloon release. Clockwise from top left: Jim Sutherland celebrates; Chiquita Archie walks at the "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer" walk in Jackson, MS; Clay County staff gathered for a balloon release; The Budgets and Accounting team celebrates by wearing pink
Adult Protective Services Refresher Training
 
The Division of Aging and Adult Services, Adult Protective Services’ family protection specialists and supervisors from across the state were in Jackson for a refresher training August 1-3.  This year’s refresher theme, “Forging Solutions out of Challenges,” was adapted from the 2016 National Social Work Month theme.  Guest speakers presented on a range of topics, including, Alzheimer’s Disease; Legal Aspects in Protecting Vulnerable Adults; The Role of the Attorney General’s Human Services Division in Working with APS; Mental Health Adult Community Services; Medicaid and more.  A major highlight of the training was the “Success Stories” segment presented by frontline workers.  Thank you APS staff for all your determination and commitment to protect Mississippi’s abused, neglected and exploited vulnerable adult population.
Meet the Spanish Lab at the State Office
Osvin Urbina, Lorena Vega, Daniel Cafaca
 

If you need assistance from the Interpreter Service Unit, you may contact them at dfo.interpreterservice.mdhs.ms.gov or 1-800-948-4060.
DFO 5W Regional staff traveled to Crosby, MS, Wilkinson County, to assist citizens that were unable to travel to the Wilkinson DHS office to make an application for SNAP/TANF or SNAP Replacement Benefits for themselves due to flood damage.

Photos Clockwise: Sarah Bridge, DFO Region 5W RD; and unidentified Crosby, MS resident (7274) Sarah Bridge, DFO Region 5W RD; John Brown, Regional Gov’t/Partner Manager for Mississippi American Red Cross; Deanne Allgood, DFO 5W Program Specialist (7275) Deanne Allgood, DFO 5W Program Specialist; Governor Phil Bryant (7276) Pictured in red shirt is Wilkinson County EMA Thomas C. Tolliver Jr.; with Governor Phil Bryant; speaking to Lynn James, Wilkinson Alderman (7277)

 
Mississippi and Tennessee have partnered with AARP to make buying healthy food on a limited budget easier for those on SNAP.

To learn more about the FRE$H SAVINGS program visit 
http://www.aarp.org

Below: AARP and MDHS help a FRE$H SAVINGS event at the Kroger on I-55 Frontage road to educate those on eating healthy.
Tim Meeks and Rutledge McMillin represent MDHS at the 2016 GCN digIT awards in Virginia.

MDHS was nominated for the Big Data, Analytics & Visualization award for their participation with the National Accuracy Clearinghouse. 
Pike DHS was excited to recognize Tomika Lewis, Eligibility Worker, with her 5 Years of Service certificate and Jerolyne Jackson, Client Service Representative, with her 20 Years of Service Pin and certificate on September 15, 2016.

The 2016 Field Operations Conference was a hit. With a theme like "We Will Rock You" attendees were sure to have a rockin' good time. The conference consists of trainings on new policies and procedures to make sure the county offices are running efficiently and effectively. The conference wrapped up with a Costume Party. You can see more photos from the event on our Facebook page and by clicking below.

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In an ongoing effort to create a healthy work environment and to promote healthy lifestyle options, The Mississippi Department of Human Services State Office hosted the Annual Health Fair and yearly flu vaccinations for employees. MEA administered 67 flu vaccinations on October 20, 2016 to employees at no charge through their insurance. A total of 161 employees participated in the Health Fair on November 2, 2016 and took advantage of the information provided by the 16 vendors offering material on tobacco cessation, breast cancer prevention, gastrointestinal solutions, dental screenings, auditory testing, heart health and general wellness. Both events were successful and we will continue to provide services for employees to assist with sustaining a healthy work place. 
 
Send any information you'd like to see in the upcoming Beacon to mdhs.communications@mdhs.ms.gov

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