THURSTON COUNTY

BOARD OF HEALTH

Meeting Minutes
August 2, 1999

Members Present

Chairman Judy Wilson
Commissioner Diane Oberquell
Commissioner Kevin O'Sullivan

Approval Of The Agenda

There being no changes, the agenda was approved as submitted.

Approval Of The Minutes Of July 6, 1999

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

Audience Reports and Requests

Mr. Joseph Hattersley was present and addressed the Board concerning the issue of fluoridation of drinking water. Mr. Hattersley presented the Board, and all individuals present, with his document Fluoridation's Defining Moment. Mr. Hattersley requested the Board create a resolution prohibiting fluoridation in drinking water, and summarized his arguments against fluoridation. The Board clarified for Mr. Hattersley their involvement and authority in the issue. It was suggested Mr. Hattersley contact the Dental Coalition for more information.

Correspondence

Pat Libbey presented the following items of correspondence:

  1. A letter from Congressman Brian Baird concerning the Rural Health Care Roundtable discussion held on July 9, 1999 in which Sherri McDonald was involved.

  2. A letter from the National Association of Local Boards of Health regarding their new partnership with the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation (ANR), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Office on Smoking and Health, and the National Association of County and City health Officials, and the University of Illinois at Chicago. This partnership's initial project is to expand the ANA's database of local ordinances on tobacco control issues and requested Thurston County data.

  3. A letter from Stephen Langer, Chair of the Henderson Inlet Watershed Council, regarding Areas of Special Concern. It was decided that this issue be discussed at a forthcoming Board Briefing session.

Recognition of Pawnee Brown, Jr. for His Work in HIV/AIDS Prevention

Erik Landaas, Health Educator, introduced Pawnee Brown. Pawnee is a new part time employee with the department, operating the needle/syringe exchange program. Mr. Brown has received many awards for his work in HIV/AIDS education and was recognized as the Washington State Region VI HIV/AIDS Educator of the Year. The Board congratulated Mr. Brown on his awards and welcomed him to Thurston County.

Amendment No. 2 To The Consolidated Contract With Washington State Department Of Health

Kathleen Eussen, Director of Nursing, explained that the Consolidated Contract is the main vehicle for transferring federal and state funding to the County for the delivery of public health services. Ms. Eussen briefly described the funding additions included in the amendment. Commissioner Oberquell MOVED TO APPROVE AND EXECUTE AMENDMENT NO. 2 TO CONTRACT NO. CO7728, 1999 CONSOLIDATED CONTRACT BETWEEN THE WASHINGTON STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND THURSTON COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT, FOR $21,964. Commissioner O'Sullivan SECONDED THE MOTION. THE MOTION CARRIED.

Director's Report

Commissioner Oberquell initiated a brief discussion concerning what health services would be affected by the passing of Initiative 695. Pat Libbey responded.

Mr. Libbey provided an explanation concerning funding of the Public Health Nurse Child Care Consultation Program, included in the Consolidated Contract Amendment approved earlier in the meeting.

Mr. Libbey indicated that the Thurston Community Network has requested purchasing a portion of Mary Williams' time for staff support. The Board authorized Mr. Libbey to further discuss this issue with the Network.

Mr. Libbey announced that Sharon Schmitt, Community Health Nurse Supervisor, will be retiring at the end of the month after 27 years of service. Invitations to a retirement celebration were distributed to Board members.

Health Officer's Report

There was no Health Officer's Report.

Adjournment

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

ATTEST

THURSTON COUNTY BOARD OF HEALTH

Clerk of the Board of Health
Date: August 2, 1999 

JUDY WILSON, Chairman
DIANE OBERQUELL, Commissioner
KEVIN J. O'SULLIVAN, Commissioner