A group for all those interested in Human Services issues!
Introduce Yourself to the Group
December 18, 2009 at 2:43 am #87462
Say a little bit about yourself here: How does your work come into contact with Human Services? What do you do when you’re not working? How do you define Human Services?
December 18, 2009 at 3:11 am #87468
I’ll start: I’m really interested in improving communication between Human Services and the Humans using the Services. I’ve looked at some numbers, and I think it’s one of the Departments that does the most volume of communications with people, and I think it’s often the one to take the least advantage of communication technologies. I think historically this was due to data privacy concerns, but really, like any design limitation, that only means that the solution needs to be even more creative, and I am excited for the future of it.
Please don’t feel that my personal interest limits the scope of this Group, however. On the contrary: I want to be a facilitator, and do a lot of listening. I can’t possibly know how to help craft truly useful solutions or tools for Human Services communication if I limit my focus. I’m eager to learn about everyone’s daily reality interacting within and with Human Services.
When I’m not on GovLoop, I am probably drinking coffee… I might be reading, drawing, or playing piano… I am definitely seeking elegant connections among things in the world around me.
December 18, 2009 at 5:58 pm #87466
I’ll chime in. My name is Tom Melancon. I am the Manager of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Program sponsored by the Seattle Federal Executive Board. I am also a certified mediator. I manage a cadre of 80 mediators and Team Conflict Resolution experts. We mediate and/or provide group conflict resolution services to any public agency. We do not charge for the services, but we ask the agencies who use our services to donate services, space, etc, so we can keep our program going.
When I’m not working, I am reading, playing and recording music, working out or watching movies with my mate.
I define Human Services pretty simply; activities that serve humanity. One of the questions I try to ask myself every day is “how can I be of service today?” It helps me keep the focus on what is really important.
February 23, 2010 at 4:37 am #87464
My name is Thera Hearne, I am an analyst at the California Health Facilities Financing Authority, which is chaired by the California State Treasurer. Most of what I do is financial analysis of applications for loans, bonds, and grants received from non-profit health facilities for projects. My analysis reports are presented to the Authority Board for funding approval. The “health facilities” we serve are broadly defined to include: clinics, rehabilitation facilities, adult day care, developmentally disabled, etc. So, I guess my connection to human services is a financial one.
When I am not working, I am a student in the Master of Public Administration program at University of Southern California. Right now, I am working on a research project on the frequency of fraud and potential fraud prevention methods in California’s In-Home Supportive Services program. If I am not studying, I veg out watching documentaries, cooking shows, and home improvement shows on TV, playing online, babysitting my niece, and sleeping. When I finish my MPA program this summer, hopefully I will have even more fun.
I define human services as humans caring for and providing services to other humans in need.
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