Meeting Minutes
June 19, 2000


Members Present


Chairman Diane Oberquell


Commissioner Kevin O'Sullivan


Commissioner Judy Wilson was away and not in attendance.

Approval of the Agenda

The agenda was approved as submitted.

Approval of the Minutes of June 5, 2000

Approval of the minutes was held over until the next meeting.

Audience Reports and Requests

There were no audience reports or requests.


A letter was introduced from the Waterfront Kiwanis donating $200 to be used for the purchase of lice combs. The Board asked that a letter of thanks be sent to the Waterfront Kiwanis. Staff will prepare a letter for the Board’s signature.

A letter was presented from Brian J. Jackson, D.D.S. acknowledging Darcy Peterson and the Department for helping to make this year’s Children’s Dental Health Month a success.

Resolution Appointing Alternate Local Health Officer for Thurston County

Sherri McDonald, Deputy Director, explained that in March the Board of Health formally appointed two acting Health Officers to serve should emergency situations arise when the primary Health Officer, Dr. Diana Yu, is not available due to illness, vacation, etc. Staff is asking that Dr. Jeannette Stehr-Green be appointed as an additional alternate. With a minor revision, Commissioner O’Sullivan MOVED TO APPROVE RESOLUTION H-3-2000 APPOINTING DR. JEANNETTE STEHR-GREEN AS AN ALTERNATE LOCAL HEALTH OFFICER FOR THURSTON COUNTY. Chairman Oberquell SECONDED THE MOTION. THE MOTION CARRIED.

Community Health Task Force Access to Care Implementation

Ms. McDonald explained that the Thurston County Community Health Task Force began examining access to primary medical and dental care in January 1999. In December 1999 the Task Force finished their report Strategies to Improve Access to Care. This report recommended four initiatives to be undertaken: 1) Expand clinical capacity for medical and dental services, 2) Increase enrollment in publicly subsidized insurance, 3) Implement the Access to Baby and Child Dentistry (ABCD) Program, and 4) Advocate for each of the initiatives. Ms. McDonald provided an update on the status of implementation of each of the initiatives.

Supplemental Grant Application for Extra Coordinated Prevention Grant Funding

Sally Toteff explained that the Department of Ecology (DOE) has made available an opportunity to apply for supplemental Coordinated Prevention Grant funding. The Department is interested in applying for two grants that would provide additional funding to: 1) Help carry out solid waste complaint investigations, technical assistance, and policy development; 2) Design and conduct a new pilot project to raise awareness about the hazards of mercury and to collect mercury fever thermometers from residents; and 3) A pilot project to create a model neighborhood that practices least-toxic gardening methods for one entire gardening season. The Board asked questions concerning the projects and asked for budget information. Commissioner O’Sullivan expressed concern with educational programs overlapping in the Water and Waste Management Department and Public Health and Social Services. When discussion was complete, Commissioner O’Sullivan MOVED TO AUTHORIZE THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES TO SUBMIT SUPPLEMENTAL APPLICATIONS FOR TWO COORDINATED PREVENTION GRANTS. Chairman Oberquell SECONDED THE MOTION. THE MOTION CARRIED.

Director's Report

Ms. McDonald reported that Pat Libbey was attending a meeting in Atlanta at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Art Starry provided follow up information on the Nisqually Pines water system indicating testing results identified fecal coliform contamination.

Mr. Starry also provided information on pesticide monitoring results, as requested at the Board of County Commissioner meeting earlier in the day.

Health Officer's Report

There was no Health Officer’s Report.


There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.



Clerk of the Board of Health
Date: July 3,2000 

KEVIN J. O'SULLIVAN, Commissioner

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