Workforce Services appoints new division director

SALT LAKE CITY The Utah Department of Workforce Services has selected Elizabeth Carver as the new director of Workforce Program, Policy and Training division.

Carver, who has been with Workforce Services for 19 years, will replace Karla Aguirre, who is retiring Dec. 15 after more than 25 years with the state.

Carver most recently served as a program manager for the department, overseeing several federally funded programs and programs for dislocated workers and youth. She directly managed staff members who worked to oversee the policy, procedure and implementation of the programs statewide.

Carver has worked as an employment supervisor and as a project manager overseeing major updates to the department’s online job matching system. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Utah and a master’s degree in educational psychology from University of Phoenix.

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Source:: Deseret News – Business News

How the Wildfires Are Hurting California’s Wine Industry

When the winemaker Jean Hoefliger arrived at his small Napa Valley winery at 3:30 a.m. on October 9, the morning the Northern California fires broke out, he had a multimillion-dollar business decision to make. Two fires on opposite sides of the valley tore down the hillsides toward nearly $14 million worth of almost-ripe Cabernet Sauvignon grapes still hanging on vines at Alpha Omega Winery, where Hoefliger is the head winemaker. Smoke plumed high overhead, snowing ash down on what are the vineyard’s most valuable grapes.

That morning, Hoefliger faced a simple question: to pick, or not to pick?

It’s a question countless other winemakers across Napa and its wine-producing neighbors, Sonoma and Mendocino counties, have had to answer as deadly wildfires carry on throughout the region for a second week.

Compounding the already tremendous losses of life and property in Northern California is the fires’ blow to the region’s most vital industry, which now faces crop loss, and, in some cases, harvests tainted by exposure to smoke. The businesses that make up this industry provide jobs and economic security to thousands throughout the area. Many immigrant workers, who make up the majority of the workforce in Northern California’s wine country, could be forced to leave, as fires have reduced the region’s already low supply of affordable housing—further bad news for a state whose agriculture industry has been in desperate need of more workers for years.

It is as yet unclear exactly what effect the fires will have on Napa’s wine business, which, together with Sonoma County’s, generates over $10 billion in annual sales and brings in billions of dollars more in tourism, according to Robert Eyler, a professor of economics at Sonoma State University. The wine industry employs roughly 40 percent of Napa County’s workforce, Eyler says.

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Source:: The Atlantic – Business

Intermountain Healthcare to restructure, affecting some administrative jobs

SALT LAKE CITY An upcoming organizational restructuring will affect the employment of some administrators at Intermountain Healthcare, the Deseret News has learned.

Intermountain spokesman Daron Cowley said the Salt Lake-based nonprofit health care organization is moving away from “geographically defined administrative regions” and replacing them with two main reporting chains inside the hospital system: a Specialty Care Group and a Community Care Group.

The change takes effect Dec. 1, Cowley said.

“The Community Care Group will focus on keeping people well through prevention and excellent primary care,” he told the Deseret News in an email. “The Specialty Care Group will focus on specialist and hospital inpatient care.”

Both groups will operate under the direction of Intermountain’s executive leadership team.

Intermountain’s website indicates the hospital system has been organized around central, north, south and southwest regions. In a message sent to employees last week, the organization said “those who are impacted will be given the opportunity to apply for new positions.”

“For some it will provide exciting opportunities to develop their talents and contribute to Intermountain in new ways,” the message states, attributed to the executive leadership team. “Our human resources teams will be there to help people make smooth transitions.”

Cowley declined to confirm which positions or how many will be affected but called them “administrative staff.”

“The few administrative staff who are impacted were notified last week and will be given the opportunity to apply for new and existing positions within the organization,” he said.

Cowley later added in a phone interview that “to respect the privacy of individuals, we’re not going to specify which positions they are.” He said Intermountain is “working individually with those impacted.”

“Everyone who was affected has been notified,” he said, adding that “it affects only the employment of a few people” and in administrative positions.

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Source:: Deseret News – Business News

How Mentorship Can Be Life-Changing for People Living With HIV

Derrick “Strawberry” Cox found out that he had HIV on March 14, 2011. He’s been managing the virus ever since, an effort that’s supported by his mentor, Tony Burns—who has been managing his own HIV for nearly three decades. Their relationship centers not just on how their antiretroviral-therapy drugs are working for them, or how nutrition factors into the success of their care, but also on making sure that life remains bigger than their diagnosis. “People ask me if I’m positive,” Cox told me, “and I’ll tell them, HIV is not me, I have HIV.”

Cox and Burns met through the +1 peer-mentor program at Whitman-Walker Health, a nonprofit community-health center in Washington, D.C. The organization is open to all patients, but emphasizes health-care accessibility for the LGBTQ community and people living with HIV—two groups that have often experienced discrimination from medical professionals when seeking care. The +1 peer-mentor program pairs people who have been newly diagnosed with those who have been dealing with HIV for years and have experience finding the right treatment, managing stigma, and building a supportive community.

For The Atlantic’s series, “On the Shoulders of Giants,” I talked to Cox and Burns about adjusting to their diagnoses, cultivating intergenerational support, and the power of visibility to challenge assumptions about what life looks like with HIV. The conversation that follows has been edited for length and clarity.

B.R.J. O’Donnell: Tony, you started mentoring others well before you met Derrick. How did you first become a mentor?

Tony Burns: This was a decade ago. I hadn’t really ever thought about mentorship before. One day, I was at Whitman-Walker and the two founding managers, Justin Goforth and Meghan Davies, came to me and said, “Tony, we’ve got someone here who tested positive for HIV.” This …read more

Source:: The Atlantic – Business