Tech Tip: Are you on-board with PeopleSoft Simple Sign-on? 

Tired of remembering multiple passwords? Worn-out waiting for a PeopleSoft password reset from the Help Desk? The answer is simple: Get on-board with PeopleSoft Simple Sign-on! Once registered, login to PeopleSoft with the same username and password you use to access the King County network. Check out instructions to register here – it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3! 

Leading with racial justice in King County 

Crossposted from Public Health Insider  On June 11, 2020, King County Executive, Dow Constantine, and Public Health Director, Patty Hayes, declared racism is a public health crisis. They heard the call-to-action from the community and have resolved to hold all of King County to a higher standard.  King County is committed to providing the resources needed to equitably address the damaging effects of racism and will do the necessary work, long-term, to create and affect tangible change.    Read more. 

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month 2020 

National Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month is observed from Sept. 15 – Oct. 15 in the United States, Canada, and Latin America. This month is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the long, important presence and contributions of Hispanic and Latino and Latina (Latinx) Americans.   A video to celebrate Latinx/Hispanic Heritage month was produced by Latino Northwest Communications in collaboration with Utopia Media and Entertainment and King County Metro, Sound Transit, and Seattle Department of Transportation and will be airing on Univision.  View the video in English below and in Spanish here. 

Pet of the Week: Addy 

Meet 2 ½ year-old, Labrador Retriever Addy!  She is a playful, loving puppy that truly can’t give or get too much affection.  Her favorite inside activities include belly rubs and sleeping with a paw against you.  Her favorite backyard activities include endless ball throwing, mastering the Kong toy and running.  Addy is extremely smart and needs to be in a home that will provide stimulation and training.  She will do well with an active family or an owner who is on the move and plans to incorporate her into activities.  She is… Read More

Featured Job: SMS Implementation Manager (Project Program Manager III) 

Salary: $93,250.56 – $112,732.88 Annually  Location: Seattle, WA  Job Type: Special Duty Assignment or Term Limited Temp (TLT)  Department: MTD – Metro Transit  Job Number: 2020MC12091  Division: General Manager  Closing: 9/20/2020 11:59 PM Pacific  Learn more about this position or view all available positions. 

King County TV wins 12 government programming awards 

King County TV (KCTV) recently earned eight National Association of Telecommunication Officers and Advisors (NATOA) Government Programming Awards and won four Awards of Honor. These awards are similar to the Emmy Awards for government TV programming. The station earned 12 awards total, including one for Video Journalism and top honors for its profile of Family Treatment Court. In Category 24 – Public Health, KCTV won an Award of Distinction for “Should I get a flu shot? | Ask Public Health.” View the three-part series here, here, and here. In Category 27 – Profile of a City/County Dept. or Employee, KCTV won an Award of Excellence for “A family lost… Read More

A conversation on suicide awareness and prevention, September 22 

As we continue to navigate the pandemic and these unprecedented times, paying special attention to your mental health and the mental health of those you love is crucial. In honor of Suicide Awareness and Prevention Month, King County employees are invited to join Balanced You for a virtual conversation featuring speakers from the Black / African community, LGBTQ community, Native American community, and others on Tuesday, Sept. 22, from 1-2:30 p.m.  There is no one-size-fits-all approach to preventing suicide and improving mental health. During this 90-minute panel discussion, attendees will learn strategies from… Read More

Schools preparing for a measured return to in-person learning 

Crossposted from Public Health Insider  King County’s K-12 schools are back in session. For most students, the 2020-2021 school year is starting remotely and Zoom is the new classroom. Even though the majority of the county’s school districts are teaching students remotely, they are also hard at work behind the scenes to be ready to provide in-person learning once COVID-19 transmission rates are lower.  At Public Health – Seattle & King County (PHSKC), we are supporting schools and communities across the county as they prepare for in-school learning. Two crucial ways we are… Read More

September marks National Recovery Month: How to support friends and family in recovery 

Crossposted from Public Health Insider  September marks National Recovery Month, a time to acknowledge the gains made by those in recovery who have faced challenges from mental health or substance use disorders. Many of us have faced these challenges ourselves or know a close friend or family member who has. This year poses even more challenges, from COVID-19 to wildfire smoke, that can make us feel even more isolated.  For Public Health – Seattle & King County, it is a time to acknowledge the dedication of service providers and community members who make… Read More

My proposals for anti-racism and criminal legal system transformation in upcoming budget

Dear fellow King County employee, Today I announced a package of proposals that transforms the criminal legal system and funds ongoing work to confront racism as a public health crisis. There is increasing acknowledgement of the brutal reality of racism and bias throughout our society, and the imperative to be deliberate and steadfast in our commitment to anti-racism. That is why I joined with Public Health Director Patty Hayes in June to declare that racism is a public health crisis, and that all of King County government is committed to implementing a… Read More