November 2013   
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Thanksgiving graphicAs we head into the holiday season, all of us at Whisenhunt Communications would like to wish you, your families and friends a wonderful Thanksgiving.


Ventura Water Recognized for Innovative Film Contest

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Whisenhunt Communications is pleased to share that our client, Ventura Water, is a finalist for a "Best in Blue" Award from the Association of California Water Agencies. The winner will be announced in December. 


Congratulations to Shana Epstein, Nancy Broschart and the entire Ventura Water staff!


The Association of California Water Agencies recognizes outstanding achievements by public water agencies statewide - large and smaller - in their communications with the public, customers, the media, legislators and others. Innovative public outreach programs and projects that meet outreach goals are honored with a Best in Blue award each year.


Ventura Water, with assistance from Whisenhunt Communications writer Amy Bentley and graphic designer Joan Phelps, applied for a Best in Blue Award for 2013 for the water agency's creative Water: Take 1 Online Short Film Contest, now in its second year. To support Ventura Water's five-year Water Efficiency Plan, the Water: Take 1 Online Short Film Contest and outreach campaign was launched last year as a fun and innovative way to reach the agency's goals of elevating the value of water and water conservation. 


Through all the levels of participation - whether as a filmmaker, a local business partner, a judge or a citizen voter - Ventura Water has used its Water: Take 1 Online Short Film Contest as a way to educate people globally about the importance of protecting our water resources. The film contest awards ceremony is being held tonight at the Brooks Institute in Ventura. Learn more about this fun contest and Ventura Water at, or visit Ventura Water on Facebook. 


If there's an industry award that your business, non-profit or agency would like to apply for, contact Whisenhunt Communications to help you prepare a top-notch application.

Focus on Education Highlights Families as First Teachers

Focus on Education Fall 2013
Parents - and other family members - are every child's first teachers. Families reinforce life's lessons, as well as academic lessons, throughout a child's growing years. That's why the Ventura County Office of Education chose to highlight and support parents and families in the latest issue of Focus on Education, released Nov. 6.

The 12-page newsletter inserted in the Ventura County Star highlights the many ways that families can use school and community resources to help in their children's education. From volunteering to helping in a school's booster program, any caring relative can become an asset to a child, and a school. Also, resources for help are listed as are community venues where families can spend quality, fun time together, but that also happen to be perfect sites for supplementing curriculum content. 


A PDF version of Focus on Education is available at

Primary Medical Welcomes New Physicians, Physician Assistant


Primary Medicalwhich has served Ventura County patients since 1994, is pleased to welcome three new physicians and a physician assistant to the practice. 


Jennifer Hughes, DO

Jennifer Hughes, DO, is a board-certified Pediatrician with a focus on holistic wellness who works at 2593 Telegraph Road. She believes strongly in educating families about infant nutrition and breast-feeding. She is a breast-feeding specialist and is studying to become an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.


Jeffrey Dyer, MD, is a board-certified Family Practice physician working at 2593 Telegraph Road. Dr. Dyer served in the United States Navy until 2002 and then began practicing in Ventura County. He previously worked with the Ventura County Medical Center Family Medicine Residency program and at the Fillmore Family Medical Center. 


Sherilyn Wheaton, MD, is a board-certified Family Practice physician. She holds a Masters in Public Health and she is fluent in Spanish. She works at 10885 Telegraph Road. Dr. Wheaton previously worked in the Urgent Care at the West Ventura Medical Clinic for several years and was the Medical Director of Ventura County Healthcare for the Homeless.


J. Michael Diaz, PA-C is the new physician assistant who will staff Primary Medical's two new offices opening this fall: 2772 Johnson Drive in Ventura and 1751 Lombard Street in Oxnard. He is a former paramedic who graduated from USC's Physician Assistant Program in 1986 and has been helping Ventura County patients since 1990.


Primary Medical Group billboard Primary Medical is a new client of Whisenhunt Communications. Graphic designer Joan Phelps and writer Amy Bentley have helped Primary Medical craft and place newspaper ads, press releases and create a billboard on display in Ventura featuring the new physicians and physician assistant. Joan also has helped with photography.


Primary Medical welcomes new patients at all office locations, including those insured with commercial and senior HMO plans, PPOs and Medicare. Visit 

Healthcare Reform Discussed at CMHS Seminar Series on Nov. 19 


CMH Ethics series

Healthcare reform is the focus of a free seminar the Community Memorial Health System is holding on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at the Museum of Ventura County, located at 100 E. Main St. in Ventura.


The seminar, "Exchanges, Mandates and Marketplaces," will serve as a practical primer for patients and families regarding what they need to know about healthcare reform. Joining Gary Wilde, CMHS's chief executive officer and president, will be Dylan Roby, Ph.D., director of Policy and Research at UCLA's Center for Public Health.


James Hornstein, M.D., chairman of the Bioethics Committee at CMHS, will serve as moderator of the seminar that will run from 5:30 to 7 p.m.


Registration is free but reservations are required. Call 800-769-0745 or visit

Issue: 52
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Make Your Holidays 'Greener'


It's estimated that an extra million tons of waste each week is generated between Thanksgiving and New Year's. Enough ribbon is thrown away - about 38,000 miles - to tie a bow around the entire earth! 

 With a little thought and planning, you can make your holidays a little "greener." Whisenhunt Communications would like to share some terrific and easy "green holiday" tips from our longtime client, Harrison Industries. We appreciate Harrison's effort to help everyone do their part to protect the environment.


  • Give gift certificates, tickets, memberships or services, or make a donation to a favorite charity.
  • Consider consumable gifts. Visit your local farmers market or grower for ideas.
  • Give gifts such as T-shirts, backpacks, hats and socks made from recycled-content materials manufactured from recycled plastic bottles. Consider a compost or worm bin for the garden enthusiast.
  • Save gas and support merchants: shop locally!
  • Wrap gifts in reusable paper or cloth bags, or be creative and use hand towels, tablecloths, napkins, fabric scraps, maps, craft paper, newspaper or old posters.
  • When shopping, bring your own reusable bags. Return plastic grocery bags to the store for recycling.
  • Use LED holiday lights for safety and energy savings. Solar-powered holiday lights are also available.
  • For your holiday party, contact a party rental supply for reusable glassware and tableware instead of disposable items. It may be less costly than disposable ware. If you must use disposable, buy products made with post-consumer recycled content. (Remember - paper plates and cups are not recyclable.)
  • For holiday parties, put a marked paper bag, box or special container for recycling next to a trash container for your guests' convenience.
  • Recycle aluminum, glass and plastic containers, metal cans, food boxes, cardboard, gift wrap (except foil or cellophane), gift boxes, greeting cards and catalogs. (No styrofoam, film plastic, shrink wrap or plastic bags please.)
  • Email holiday cards.
  • Check with local mail centers to see if they will take boxes and packing material for reuse.
  • Recycle your Christmas tree!
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Client News In This Issue
Ventura Water
Ventura County Office of Education (VCOE)
Primary Medical
Community Memorial Healthcare System (CMHS)
Harrison Industries
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