Mar
02
An important conversation about racial disparities in health care

One of my priorities as the new leader of Hamilton County Job and Family Services is to give my work family opportunities to learn and engage, to broaden their knowledge about issues that might affect them and our clients.  Racial …

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Feb
23
New name, new focus on long-term economic sustainability

Economic Sustainability. Just two words. But two words that mean a lot.   We’ve chosen Economic Sustainability as the new name for our former client services department, which includes Family and Adult Assistance, OhioMeansJobs, Workforce Development, Child Care and other programs. We feel …

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Feb
16
Engaging our employees for Black History Month

We talk a lot at the agency about diversity and inclusion and we’re working diligently to develop a robust plan to bring more equity to the way we work. It’s one of the priorities you’ll hear me talk about often.  We take February, Black …

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Feb
10
Bengals’ foundations draw attention to food insecurity

What a time to live in Cincinnati and be a Bengals fan! Our team has brought so much joy and celebration to a city that hasn’t seen post-season football in decades. Thank you to our hometown team for bringing us positive energy, pride …

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Feb
02
A new weekly note from Director Michael Patton

Hello everyone! I am thrilled and honored to begin my new role as director of Hamilton County Job and Family Services. I look forward to working with leaders from all over the community to make sure HCJFS continues to be the same effective safety …

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Jun
04
We know people are hurting. We’re here to help.

The horrible and disturbing death of George Floyd in Minnesota and the continued ravaging of our country from the health and economic scourge of coronavirus are pushing many of us to feel angry, frustrated and overwhelmed.   I feel it …

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Jun
04
We have risen to the occasion with so much help from the community

Unprecedented. Extraordinary. Unparalleled.   These are the words often used to describe this pandemic and the impact it has had on our agency and our employees. It’s a truly once-in-a-lifetime situation. But we have risen to the occasion.   And …

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Apr
01
Three weeks in

It’s been 22 days since Governor DeWine initially declared a state of emergency in Ohio. While there were things happening related to the coronavirus prior to that, that March 9 declaration began to really change our world. We began limiting …

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Mar
04
Leaving on a high note: JFS launches new brand highlighting life-changing work

I write today with mixed feelings. This is my last column as director of Hamilton County Job and Family Services. If you don’t know, I will soon join the United Way of Greater Cincinnati as CEO. I am sad to …

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Feb
03
JFS will always be special

You may have heard already that I will soon leave JFS to accept the position as the first woman to lead the United Way of Greater Cincinnati as CEO/President. I do this with extreme mixed emotions. While I am excited …

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