INSIDE: Find out about the improved
DCHHS website and its features!
Dallas County Health and Human Services Safe families, healthy lives.
VOLUME 6 | ISSUE 9 | SEPTEMBER 2010 | Zachary Thompson, Director | www.dallascounty.org/hhs
DCHHS teamwork on display
BY THE NUMBERS
PITCH IN FOR BIG
This year, Dallas County
COMMUNITY EVENTS parents had opportunities
to get their children
As the first day of school immunized at the special
neared, Dallas County Health and clinics held by DCHHS.
Human Services made the neces-
sary preparations to hold multiple JULY 17 AT ANTIOCH FMBC
back-to-school immunization clin- 203 children vaccinated
ics for the public. 589 vaccines administered
Flyers were created and distrib-
uted. Signs were posted. Schools AUG. 5 AT FAIR PARK
and daycares helped spread the 150 children vaccinated
word, along with the media. 404 vaccines administered
Before school let out in the
spring, DCHHS spent time prepar- AUG. 7 AT DESOTO ISD
ing for back-to-school immuniza- 278 children vaccinated
tions. 670 vaccines administered DCHHS Immunization clerk Eloy Garcia helps one of the first
When it came time to execute clients at the department’s booth at the Mayor’s Back-to-
the plans on the days DCHHS had AUG. 14 AT DCHHS School Fair on Aug. 5.
a special clinic scheduled, the staff 214 children vaccinated
found that teamwork across divi- 632 vaccines administered
sions within the department made
for a sucessful event.
“When we’re focused on a spe- had access to patient shot records,
cific goal and plan for a targeted thanks to the Internet access.
outcome, we usually find a way to These clinics also called on the
make it happen,” said DCHHS Di- expertise of staff members who
rector Zachary Thompson. “Our have been trained to set up make-
staff works tirelessly on planning shift clinics.
and carrying out events such as our Helping in the effort to carry
special clinics.” the complex plans to completion
Because the special clinics were were multiple divisions, including
planned at off-site locations not the Preparedness staff, IT, Dallas
typically meant for providing med- County Security, Housing and En-
ical services, DCHHS maximized vironmental Health staffs, in addi-
the response to the demand of high tion to the Immunization staff.
volume crowds by incorporating More than 1,000 schoolchildren
the use of laptops and the Inter- were immunized and more than
net. This allowed for a thorough 2,000 vaccines were administered DCHHS’ Immunization nursing staff reviews the vaccination
and accurate experience for the cli- at the special clinics this summer records of several children while they wait with their families
ent. In most cases, staff members by DCHHS. to receive their shots at the final free DCHHS clinic on Aug. 14.
DALLAS COUNTY HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
DCHHS launches enhanced website
Message from the director …
NEW DESIGN HIGHLIGHTS MOST-USED FEATURES AND IMPROVES USER EXPERIENCE
More access to
information and NAVIGATION EDUCATION TIME-SAVING FEATURES
services our goal
Many of us have a lot on our Comprehensive toolbar Public health Electronic mosquito complaint form
plates these days. Time is valuable
and our lives are often very hectic, When deciding how to revamp the site for ease of use, the first An important aspect of public health is educating the community. We know that if you had a choice of calling or e-mailing DCHHS,
with multiple priorities begging thing that came to mind was navigation. Public health encompasses topics that can be complex and difficult you’d probably prefer sending a quick message. That’s why we’ve
for our attention. You’ll notice that the site no longer has the main menu items on to understand. Our new site takes this into account. incorporated an electronic mosquito complaint form on our new site.
So, when it comes time to turn the left side of the web page. A horizontal toolbar, which has a more You’ll find information about contagious diseases such as Methin- The short form takes less than a few minutes to fill out. You also
to government agencies for ser-
vices, we want the experience to condensed and organized structure, has taken its place. DCHHS cillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) or Cryptosporidiosis have the option of being notified of the eventual investigation results.
be thorough, but also offers a range of services, many of which weren’t readily promoted (crypto). Immediately below the description of the illness, you’ll also The mosquito abatement team will get the message quickly and you
prompt and easy. under the old format find a section that tells you save yourself the time of placing a call (unless you want to).
In designing of the website. “WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
our website, we
decided to focus The toolbar brings ABOUT …” that disease. It
them front and gets straight to the heart User-friendly calendars
on two things:
efficiency and user- center under two of your concerns about the
friendliness. The new site not only posts the most up-to-date information, but
menu options: Cli- illness: Is it contagious? How it helps you plan for future events with the addition of calendars.
We sorted the
content to find the ent Services and is it diagnosed? What is the Two important sections of the new site where this feature has been
most relevant topics Clinical Services. treatment? added are the Public Health Advisory Committee meetings page and
and positioned them This new arrangement
more prominently. We the STD Clinics page.
helps you find the correct Now, you’ll be able to mark your calendar for the next PHAC
updated other features, as well.
We restructured our site by Web page with ease and Informational material
meeting. Find out the latest in local public health from PHAC, a
simplifying the organization of the speed. The Web isn’t the only place group which is made up of
Our staff knows that our site is that people find information members and representa- COMMUNITY AWARENESS
a vital asset to the community. about their public health tives from municipal health
The audience that uses our site
Topic buttons Public Health
concerns. Sometimes the departments within the
is not limited to employees or Dal- The incorporation of information comes to you! county. Advisory Committee
las County residents.
Information that we post on our topic-specific buttons It could be in the form of a Additionally, a calendar
site is read by partnering agen- on our new homepage poster at the doctor’s office, details where the mobile
cies as well, at the state level and promotes other impor- a flyer at a community center medical unit will be on any given day. This is an added feature to our
around the country. tant information to the or a bill insert that arrives in the mail. site that will be beneficial for anyone searching for access to free
Simply, our site is the world’s
window into our department and forefront. Educational materials produced by DCHHS have been used by STD testing in Dallas County.
the services we provide for the cit- Basic information such as DCHHS’ telephone directory or Im- schools, daycares, nursing homes, churches, hospitals and other enti-
izens of Dallas County. munization clinic locations is now at your fingertips. Additionally, ties in our community. You’ll find posters, flyers, brochures and more
It’s both an educational tool residents will find a button for the free county prescription discount on our new site that help educate the public on a variety of topics,
and a vital resource for communi-
ty outreach. card and energy assistance. including: heat-related illnesses, flu, West Nile Virus and more.
We hope you enjoy the changes
to the site and find it much more
useful. DCHHS invites you to take a spin around our new site! Bookmark us, too! www.dallascounty.org/hhs
PREPAREDNESS UPDATE SEPTEMBER 2010 | Dallas County Health and Human Services
DCHHS, DeSoto ISD partner again
Dallas County Health and Hu- ISD’s student population was giv-
man Services and DeSoto Inde- en free backpacks and school sup-
pendent School District joined plies as well. The event’s part-
forces again this year for the dis- ners included DeSoto Rotary, area
trict’s back-to-school event held churches, organizations and busi-
Aug. 7. nesses in addition to DCHHS.
DCHHS offered free vaccina- “This is the most organized and
tions for DeSoto ISD schoolchil- well planned back-to-school fair
dren. 278 students were immu- we attend and we are proud to part-
nized and about 670 vaccines were ner with DeSoto ISD to adminis-
administered. ter free immunizations,” Thomp-
The fair was held at the DeSo- son said.
to Freshman Campus for current DeSoto ISD Nursing Coordina-
and incoming DeSoto ISD stu- tor Rhonda Dalfonso said the part-
dents only. nership with DCHHS is excellent.
DCHHS Director Zacha- “We were a very synchronized
ry Thompson was interested in working machine,” Dalfonso said.
partnering with the school dis- “We worked very well together
trict again after the success of last and we supported each other.”
year’s back-to-school event and She said the partnership is bene-
the 2009 H1N1 school-based vac- ficial for everyone involved.
cination clinics held at DeSoto From left: DCHHS Director Zachary Thompson, DeSoto ISD Dallas County Commissioner
schools. Nursing Coordinator Rhonda Dalfonso and Dallas County John Wiley Price spent part of his
“DCHHS is glad to be able to Commissioner John Wiley Price. Saturday at the clinic as well.
provide these much-needed servic- “I support DCHHS and DeSo-
es to the students of DeSoto ISD,” al opportunity to get their child the Hundreds of families lined up as to ISD in their efforts to ready our
Thompson said. “Events such as vaccinations they need for the start early as 6:45 a.m. schoolchildren for the beginning of
this one give parents an addition- of school.” Almost a quarter of DeSoto another school year,” Price said.
Safe families, healthy lives.
Dallas County Health and Human Services
Public Health Preparedness and Response Division
2377 North Stemmons Freeway
Dallas, TX 75207
Zachary Thompson, Director
Dr. Steve Wilson, Medical Director
Public Health Preparedness Update
is published monthly by
Dallas County Health and Human Services.
For information about this newsletter,
contact DCHHS Public Information
Officer Blanca Cantu at 214-819-6329