THURSTON COUNTY

BOARD OF HEALTH

Meeting Minutes
March 1, 1999

Members Present

Commissioner Diane Oberquell
Commissioner Kevin O'Sullivan
Chairman Judy Wilson was attending another meeting on County business and not at the day's proceedings.

Approval of the Agenda

The Clerk of the Board indicated item VI should read APPLICATION FOR CDC ASSIGNED PREVENTION SPECIALIST. There being no other changes, the agenda was approved as revised.

Approval of the Minutes of February 16, 1999

Commissioner O'Sullivan MOVED TO APPROVE THE MINUTES AS SUBMITTED. Commissioner Oberquell SECONDED THE MOTION. THE MOTION CARRIED.

Audience Reports and Requests

There were no audience reports or requests.

Correspondence

There was no correspondence.

Recognition of Rosanne Thompson, Youth Services Librarian, with the Olympia Timberland Library for the Connect Children and Books Program.

Kathleen Eussen, Director of Personal Health, introduced Rosanne Thompson, a librarian with the Timberland Library. As a result of a discussion at a Partners for Children, Youth and Families meeting, the Health Department was established as a site for the Connect Children to Books program. Ms. Thompson brought a big container of children's paperback books and placed them in various waiting areas. Health Department staff have observed many parents reading to children and much less acting out in the waiting areas. Commissioner Oberquell presented a certificate of recognition and County pin to Ms. Thompson. Ms. Thompson provided comments.

Application for CDC Assigned Prevention Specialist

Sherri McDonald, Deputy Director, explained that the Department submitted a letter of intent in December 1998 to receive assignment of a Prevention Specialist from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Department was then invited to submit a full application. Prior to completing the application, approval from the Board is being requested. Commissioner Oberquell asked who would supervise the Prevention Specialist and if the work plan would be created as part of the application. Ms. McDonald indicated she would be the person's direct supervisor and yes the work plan would be included in the application process. Pat Libbey, Department Director, assured the Board there was no expectation of continued employment. When discussion was complete, Commissioner O'Sullivan MOVED TO APPROVE SUBMISSION OF A FULL APPLICATION FOR PLACEMENT OF A CDC PUBLIC HEALTH PREVENTION SPECIALIST. Commissioner Oberquell SECONDED THE MOTION. THE MOTION CARRIED.

Director's Report

Mr. Libbey introduced new employee Michelle Barthule. Ms. Barthule will be working for the Department as a Community Health Nurse. The Board welcomed Michelle.

Mr. Libbey indicated registration material has been received for the Local Board of Health Workshop and will be forwarded to Commissioner Office staff.

Mr. Libbey reconfirmed the Board's desire to not belong to the National Association of Local Boards of Health.

Ms. McDonald provided a quick update on the Community Health Task Force, and indicated the next meeting will be held Tuesday, March 30th.

Mr. Libbey informed the Board of the death of Dr. Tom Bell, Health Officer for Lewis, Cowlitz, and Wahkiakum Counties. Dr. Diana Yu will be filling in on a short term basis as Health Officer for Lewis County.

Health Officer's Report

Mr. Libbey indicated a recent meningitis case, highlighting the positive working relationship between Counties, was published in the Courthouse Journal.

Commissioner O'Sullivan asked if counseling was, or could be made, available for those people losing their homes in the Carlyon Beach area. Mr. Libbey indicated he would find out and let the Board know. Commissioner O'Sullivan indicated a community meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 2nd and it would be good to have an answer and information by that time.

Adjournment

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

ATTEST

THURSTON COUNTY BOARD OF HEALTH

Clerk of the Board of Health

JUDY WILSON, Chairman

Date: March 15, 1999

DIANE OBERQUELL, Commissioner

 

KEVIN J. O'SULLIVAN, Commissioner