Jan 29, 2021

From the Superintendent

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Although we begin 2021 still in the midst of a health crisis that’s had a widespread and significant impact on everyone in our community, I remain optimistic about the future. HCDDS is a trusted organization in Hamilton County because, during our long history, this agency has continuously found innovative ways to support people with disabilities and their families, to build partnerships with other organizations, and to serve as a resource for our entire community. We enter this year and my tenure as superintendent committed to building upon that approach. I encourage you to take a look at our annual plan, which guides our work in strategic focus areas, to see how we will continue working toward our mission in 2021.

One of our key priorities at this moment is to ensure the people we serve, their families, and our partner organizations safely get the support they need as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. We are particularly focused on ensuring wide and equitable access to vaccines in alignment with the priority groups identified by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and the Ohio Department of Health. We’re grateful vaccines are becoming available and current plans prioritize direct support professionals (DSPs) and many of the people we support, who we know are particularly vulnerable to this virus.

We also know vaccination efforts will take months. Even in the early stages of distribution, many more people are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine than the number of available doses, and that will require patience from us all. HCDDS is working in close partnership with Hamilton County Public Health and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital to reach as many people eligible for the vaccine as possible and will keep you updated as we learn more. You can follow our COVID-19 related updates on our website. The Ohio Department of Health’s website also includes many resources and answers to questions you might have throughout this process.

In addition to our focus on vaccine distribution, we’ll continue to help people with disabilities, their families, and our wonderful network of providers as we navigate the pandemic and prepare for the future.  Our employees have excelled at finding creative, safe ways to support people in our changing world, and I’m thankful for their expertise and dedication.

In the long term, my top priorities as the leader of HCDDS are that we truly listen, provide the supports that each person wants and needs, use a collaborative approach, and respect and value people as we carry out our mission. I want each person and family to feel heard and empowered to make decisions about their lives and supports; for providers to feel respected and appreciated as equal partners in our shared work; and for community members to recognize us as a valuable resource. I’ve already seen these principles in action and will continue to promote and uphold them throughout our organization. I look forward to working together toward our future!
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