Honoring Women Veterans: Blog Post by DOL and VA Secretaries, Director of OPM

Honoring Women Veterans: Blog Post by DOL and VA Secretaries, Director of OPM
Highlights employment of female veterans in government, from the OPM Director's Blog
It’s inspiring to see that after serving their country nobly in the armed forces, so many women and men veterans choose to continue working for the American people through Federal civil service.

The President has made increasing the hiring of veterans, and particularly women veterans, a top priority.  As a result, in fiscal year 2014, one in three new Federal hires was a veteran. The actual rate was 33.2 percent, up from 31 percent in fiscal year 2013.

As leaders of the President’s Council on Veterans Employment, we share the President’s commitment to making sure that women leaving the military can easily transition to the Federal civil service.  That’s why we created a women veterans initiative led by the Department of Homeland Security. Through that initiative, the Council today released a report that shows that nearly 24 percent of veterans hired in the civilian workforce in fiscal year 2013 were women vets, although women represent just 9 percent of all veterans.

We can build on that. We know that women in general are underrepresented in the Federal workforce, especially in the skilled trades and law enforcement – two areas where many women veterans have significant expertise. We also know that women are statistically less likely to report their service when applying for new positions. We want to encourage them to make their military service known. We also want to help them find new opportunities to continue to serve their country through civilian public service, using the skills they honed while serving their country in the military.

To enhance efforts to hire more women veterans in the Federal Government, the Council’s report recommends adding a section on women veterans to the Veterans Recruitment and Employment Strategic Plan. Going forward, we will design strategies to recruit women veterans for positions across the government and improve outreach to women veterans by building on relationships with veterans service organizations, colleges, universities, trade schools, and affinity groups. In addition, the report recommends that we gather data from Federal agencies to continue to improve our recruitment strategies for women veterans now, and in the years to come.

Veterans are just one of the many communities that will benefit from the work OPM is doing under its Recruitment, Engagement, Diversity, and Inclusion – or REDI – Roadmap. By improving hiring tools like USAJOBS.gov, OPM will make the process of finding a job in the Federal Government much easier for everyone, including veterans.

We may never be able to fully repay our nation’s veterans for the sacrifices they have made, but we can ensure that we do all that we can to make their transition to Federal civilian service as seamless and fulfilling as possible.

Thomas Perez is the Secretary of Labor and Co-Chair of the President’s Council on Veterans Employment.

Robert McDonald is the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and Co-Chair of the President’s Council on Veterans Employment.

Katherine Archuleta is Director of the Office of Personnel Management and Vice-Chair of the President’s Council on Veterans Employment.
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Upcoming: Hepatitis C Prevention Opportunities Among People Who Inject Drugs: Confronting the Growing Epidemic Webinar - April 28, 2015, 1 PM EDT


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Upcoming: Hepatitis C Prevention Opportunities Among People Who Inject Drugs: Confronting the Growing Epidemic Webinar - April 28, 2015, 1 PM EDT


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reported cases of acute hepatitis C (HCV) have increased by 75% from 2010 to 2012 indicating an urgent need for HCV prevention information, tools, and strategies. This increase is especially pronounced among young people who inject drugs (PWID) after a history of oral opioid prescription drug abuse.
The HHS Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy invites you to register for this webinar that will highlight opportunities for HCV prevention among PWID. Webinar participants will learn about current HCV trends, new tools and prevention messages, and highlights of HCV prevention research among PWID, all of which can help stop the spread of viral hepatitis associated with drug use as prioritized by the Action Plan for the Prevention, Care and Treatment of Viral Hepatitis.
Guest speakers for this webinar include:
Jon Zibbell, PhD
Health Scientist and Medical Anthropologist
Prevention Branch, Division of Viral Hepatitis, CDC
Holly Hagan, PhD, MPH, RN
Co-Director, Center for Drug Use and
HIV Research, New York University and
Professor, NYU College of Nursing
Register Now.


May is Hepatitis Awareness Month!


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May is Hepatitis Awareness Month!


How You Can Participate

The month of May is designated as Hepatitis Awareness Month in the United States, and May 19th is Hepatitis Testing Day. During May, HUD is joining national efforts to shed light on this little-known epidemic by raising awareness of viral hepatitis and encouraging our special needs populations to get tested.
There are approximately 3–5 million Americans living with chronic viral hepatitis with many unaware of their condition. The most common types of viral hepatitis, hepatitis B and C, are leading infectious causes of death, claiming the lives of over 21,000 Americans in 2013. Consistent with the well-known link between homelessness and adverse outcomes in overall health and life expectancy, studies suggest that there is a higher prevalence of hepatitis among homeless populations compared with the national rate. Find out more in Healthcare for the Homeless’ Hepatitis C Update.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed a number of resources to help raise awareness and link people into testing for viral hepatitis. Go to the CDC’s Hepatitis Awareness Month and Testing Day Resource Center page to access digital tools, Live Script Radio PSAs, information on how to register an event you are hosting, the Hepatitis Risk Assessment; links to the Know More Hepatitis and Know Hepatitis B campaign webpages; and more. Please join HUD and other partners across the country as we raise awareness about viral hepatitis during May and beyond.

Share Your Promising Practices and Ideas!

In honor of Hepatitis Awareness Month, HUD is asking Continuums of Care (CoCs), Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) Program recipients, Housing for People with HIV/AIDS (HOPWA) grantees, and their partners to share training resources and community- and program-level promising practices being used to prevent, test, and/or treat infectious diseases, such as viral hepatitis, tuberculosis, and HIV/AIDS, within their CoCs. HUD intends to post these tools on the HUD Exchange in an effort to make these resources more widely accessible to all Continuums and to increase awareness about infectious diseases that disproportionately affect our program participants.
You are also welcome to send us your ideas about additional technical assistance products that are needed to improve coordination between your programs and local health care providers in the prevention, testing, and treatment of infectious diseases like viral hepatitis.


SOAR Webinar: Innovative Ways to Utilize Consumer/Peer-Run Organizations in SOAR

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SOAR Webinar: Innovative Ways to Utilize Consumer/Peer-Run Organizations in SOAR

Wednesday, May 13, 2015
3:00pm-4:30pm (EDT)

As states and communities across the nation look for new and innovative ways to sustain and grow SOAR, local community resources are often overlooked.

Consumer/peer-run organizations are one of the most invaluable yet overlooked assets in our service system. Operating in most communities across the country, these organizations have a history of providing excellent services to people with behavioral health issues.  

This webinar will provide the background, tips and tools necessary to implement consumer/peer initiatives within SOAR programs to increase service capacity. Speakers will include representatives from SOAR initiatives operating within consumer/peer-run organizations. Webinar participants will gain firsthand knowledge from consumer/peer-run organizations that are already obtaining great outcomes using SOAR.

Presenters:
  • Matt Canuteson, Project Associate at SAMHSA's SOAR Technical Assistance Center, Policy Research Associates, Inc. in Delmar, NY
  • Brian Smith, MA, Housing Program Administrator, PATH State Contact and SOAR State Lead at Vermont Department of Mental Health in Montpelier, Vermont
  • Cara Coleman, MA-LPC, Homeless Grant Coordinator/Supervisor at Allegan County Community Mental Health in Allegan, Michigan
  • John Mills, CPSS, Homeless Outreach & Services Specialist with Allegan County Community Mental Health in Allegan, Michigan
  • Ben Busfield, CPSS, Housing and Mental Health Court Peer Support Specialist with Allegan County Community Mental Health, in Allegan, Michigan
  • Josh Black, PATH Program Manager at Capital Recovery Center in Olympia, Washington




Did You Miss the Launch of Suicide Safe?


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Did You Miss the Launch of Suicide Safe?
Recordings of the Suicide Safe launch event are now available.
In March, SAMHSA released its latest free mobile app, Suicide Safe, during a national press conference. Experts in suicide prevention joined together to unveil this new learning tool for health care providers and to celebrate the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline's 10th anniversary.
Following the press conference, SAMHSA hosted a live Suicide Safe demonstration and discussed SAMHSA's latest advancements in suicide prevention.

Suicide Safe is designed to help primary care and behavioral health providers integrate suicide prevention strategies into their practice and address suicide risk among patients.

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