Message from the President - December 2014
Fiscal Year 2015 holds many mysteries. What will Congress do? How will we meet our fiscal needs and still allow our workforce to grow and stay educated in current and upcoming technological advancements? How do we keep the millennials interested in the job itself and the knowledge therein, not just the money they could make at another agency? (After you training them, by the way!)
Creativity is an understatement. Its new definition should be a plethora of words from the Thesaurus to include (but not be limited to), sharing, collaborating, leveraging, partnering, affiliate, associate, combine, interface. Yes, these are kitschy words that we have heard repeatedly throughout our careers, while playing in many sandboxes (to be cliché), but they all mean one thing - bring us together.
WAFDO is one venue, but is limited in its outreach. I would like to call on all of our members and affiliates to, as Ma Bell used to say, “Reach out and touch someone.” If your organization has paid for training and you have slots available, call a local agency and offer the remaining slots to them. Let’s say if someone identifies a training course that costs $2,000, and it might be of interest to 10 other agencies in your area, call them, discuss the possibility of splitting the cost of the course so your employees and those of the other agencies can gain the important knowledge, while minimizing the cost to $200 each. Just think if all Public Health Agencies across the country changed their way of thinking from “Us” to “We”. Oh what a wonderful world it would be!
We have begun this effort with Federal Agencies in Los Angeles and Orange Counties, California. I would like to challenge all of you to do the same. It CAN be done!
Onward toward the potential in the future. Excitement awaits us. There are good things to come!
Richelle S. Richter, WAFDO President
Special Assistant to the Branch Director