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Wednesday Wellness for October 24, 2018 News

The beauty of autumn is remarkable here in the Midwest, even if the daily temperature will not get over 60 degrees for six months. People can enjoy outdoor activities such as hunting and hay rides, which both include hot apple cider and donuts (yum). Also, if you pay attention on October 31, you may be able to observe real angels, ballerinas, zombies, ghouls, ghosts, and superheroes walking the streets requesting sweet treats.

Yes, autumn has its bright spots but unfortunately it also signifies the beginning of flu seasons. Every year the flu causes over 200,000 people to be hospitalized in the United States. Therefore, the U.S. Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends everyone over the age six months old get the flu vaccine. With the holidays fast approaching and people gathering more often which increases the chances of spreading the virus. The Advisory Committee therefore suggest everyone should get the flu vaccine by the end of October.

However, many of us are very skeptical about getting a flu vaccine because we are scared it will make us sick. Others are concerned that the flu vaccine will have long lasting negative effects on their children.

The following article addresses some of the concerns about getting the flu vaccine and why people should consider getting the flu vaccine.

https://www.webmd.com/vaccines/flu-vaccine-tip-sheet

As always FPPOA is here for you.


Dion J Thomas
Supervisory United States Probation Officer
Eastern District of Michigan
 

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Wednesday Wellness for October 3, 2018 News

This week’s WELLNESS WEDNESDAY’s article is focusing on "Work Life Balance." I know, I know "Work Life Balance" has been the hot catch phrase over the past few years.  However, for a lot of people the concept of "Work Life Balance" is just that, a concept. Many of us find our stress levels increasing because we wear so many hats and try to juggle them all at the same time. Some may call it multitasking, but we often began to feel overwhelmed, which can lead to poor health.  According to an article published by Mental Health America titled "Work Life Balance:" many of us are torn between juggling heavy workloads, managing relationships and family responsibilities, and squeezing in outside interests. Therefore, it is no surprise that more than one in four Americans describe themselves as "super stressed", and that’s not balanced—or healthy.

The article mentioned how our rush to meet all our expectations at the office and home lead to increased stress levels, which decreases our productivity and can damage our relationships. Prolonged stress will eventually weaken our immune system and double the risk of heart attacks or other mental/ physical ailments.

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North Carolina: Supervisory U.S. Probation Officer Job

This position is located in the U.S. Probation Office in Charlotte, NC. The incumbent is responsible for supervising the activities of line probation officers and probation officer specialists under the direction of the Chief Probation Officer and the Assistant Deputy Chief Probation Officer.

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Supervisory U.S. Probation Officer
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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FPPOA 2018 Elections News

Election season is once again upon us!  It is time for those of you in the Southeast and Northeast Regions to elect your regional presidents.  The national officers are also up for election this year (President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer).

Please consider throwing your hat in the ring and being an officer in the only professional organization dedicated solely to Federal Probation and Pretrial Services Officers.

Elections are tentatively scheduled for the second week in November, and are done electronically through FPPOA’s website.  You will receive an email when the elections are open.  Don’t forget to vote!

Officers wishing to be placed on the ballot should email a letter/statement of interest no later than October 31, 2018 to Eileen_Vodak@wiep.uscourts.gov.  The letter should include the position you are running for (if a regional president, please specify which region), a biography with your tenure as a USPO/USPSO/POA, your history of FPPOA membership, previous professional experience, past and present professional affiliations, professional recognitions/awards, and community activities.  Please also provide a statement, approximately one page in length, regarding your views on current issues affecting the US Probation System and FPPOA, and any proposals/ideas you would like to see implemented.

If you have any questions regarding the elections or officer responsibilities, please contact Eileen Vodak.  Thank you!

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U.S. Probation Officer Thomas Eric Gahl News

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Saturday, September 22, 2018 marks the thirty-second anniversary of Thomas Gahl's line-of-duty death in the Southern District of Indiana. USPO Gahl died performing a home contact during which the offender ambushed Tom while armed with a shotgun. Gahl served for eleven years in the federal probation system. Thomas Gahl was 38 years old at the time of his death and was survived by his wife, Nancy, and two children, sons Chris and Nick, then ages 8 and 4. Please join the Federal Probation and Pretrial Officers Association in remembering a fallen colleague. Please take a moment to review the article previously posted in News & Views.

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Marist College - Fall Graduate Virtual Information Sessions News

As a part of FPPOA's partnership with Marist College, the attached flyer provides dates and times for Graduate Virtual Information Sessions at Marist through the end of the year.  It includes programs such as the MBA, MPA, School Psychology, Mental Health Counseling and more!   The virtual information sessions are an easy way to gain insight on a program or programs officers may be interested in at the convenience of their own home or office!

Marist-Fall-Graduate-VIS.pdf

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FPPOA Survey Findings – Spring 2018 News

Earlier this year, FPPOA conducted a survey to gather information from the field.  A series of questions was developed to obtain information on topics FPPOA hears about from its members, as well as non-members.  In no way was this survey a professional, long term, “survey company/academic” approach to gathering information.  It was simply a series of questions to gather information from the field.   

The survey received feedback from over 1,500 officers.  That’s nearly 25% of the probation and pretrial officers in our system, meaning about one out of every four responded.  We thank all of you for your time in responding.  This number signifies to us that the line wanted to be heard.    As FPPOA is the sole “voice” for Federal Probation and Pretrial Services Officers, we proudly provide you with the following information gathered from the survey.   The survey was not intended to bring about dispute, but to bring about cooperation and a better future for our officers. 

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FPPOA - National Training Institute 2019 News

FPPOA is excited to announce the next National Training Institute (NTI) will be held in Tucson, Arizona at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Hotel from August 25 to 28, 2019.   The board is already in the planning process and are ready to host 500 officers for this training, which will include having the entire hotel solely for our conference. Please mark your calendar! Registration will begin in the spring.

As you know, the NTI is a very exciting and well attended training program, focused solely on the job of U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services Officers. We achieved great success and popularity in 2015 when it was held in Scottsdale. We are very excited once again to bring this program to the District of Arizona.

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CDC Alert: Rising Numbers of Deaths Involving Fentanyl and Fentanyl Analogs, Including Carfentanil, and Increased Usage and Mixing with Non-opioids News

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This Health Alert Network (HAN) Update is to alert public health departments, health care professionals, first responders, and medical examiners and coroners to important new developments in the evolving opioid overdose epidemic, which increasingly involves illicitly manufactured fentanyl and an array of potent fentanyl analogs (i.e., compounds that are chemically related to fentanyl). It is the second update to the original health advisory, HAN 384, issued October 26, 2015, which alerted the public to the increase in unintentional overdose fatalities involving fentanyl in multiple states, primarily driven by illicitly manufactured fentanyl. The first update to this health advisory was released on August 25, 2016 (HAN 395), describing the sharp increase in the availability of counterfeit pills containing varying amounts of fentanyl and fentanyl analogs, the continued increase of overdose deaths involving fentanyl across a growing number of states, and the widening array of fentanyl analogs being mixed with heroin or sold as heroin.

The current update includes information on: (1) the continued increase in the supply of fentanyl and fentanyl analogs detected by law enforcement; (2) the sharp rise in overdose deaths involving fentanyl and fentanyl analogs in a growing number of states, in particular the growing number of deaths involving the ultra-high potency fentanyl analog known as carfentanil; (3) the expanding number of poly-drug combinations implicated in opioid overdose deaths, which include non-opioids, such as cocaine; (4) the updated comprehensive guidance available to law enforcement and other emergency responders to prevent occupational exposure to fentanyl and fentanyl analogs; and (5) updated recommendations for public health professionals and health care providers regarding prevention and response efforts.

Read the full article here: https://emergency.cdc.gov/han/han00413.asp

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Thomas Gahl Video

On September 22nd, 1986 Tom Gahl became the first United States Probation Officer to be killed in the line of duty. This video commemorates the 25th anniversary of his death.