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Meeting Minutes
March 19, 2001


Members Present


Chairman Kevin O'Sullivan


Commissioner Cathy Wolfe


Commissioner Diane Oberquell

Approval of the Agenda

Pat Libbey, Department Director, indicated that Bob Mead was present and would provide information on drought issues under Director’s Report.  There being no other changes, the agenda was approved as amended.

Approval of the Minutes of March 5, 2001


Audience Reports and Requests

There were no audience reports or requests.


There was no correspondence.

Home Visitation Inventory 2000

Mr. Libbey explained that over the past two years there has been increasing interest in the role of nurse home visitation in violence prevention.  The Thurston Community Network contracted with the Health Department in 2000 to conduct an inventory of the range of home visitation services currently available in Thurston County.  The Inventory is a step in developing a comprehensive home visitation system that can prevent violence in the community.

Sherri McDonald, Deputy Director, introduced:  Mary Brown, Providence Sound Home Care; Chris Tolo, Providence St. Peter Hospital Foundation; Larry Pederson, Thurston Community Network Coordinator; Christina Johnson-Connley, Thurston Community Network Co-Chair.  Ms. McDonald provided background information.  Jeanie Knight, Epidemiologist, provided an overview of the project and indicated that the purpose of the project was to identify Thurston County agencies that provide home visitation services to children.  Commissioner Oberquell suggested the visits be across the board and not just to high-risk families.  She stated a preference that home visitations include 1-2 visits and follow up on every newborn.  There was discussion concerning what constitutes high risk. Commissioner Oberquell referenced programs in King County that provide home visits without public health nurses.  Chairman O’Sullivan stated he would like to go back to doing universal newborn public health nurse home visits.  Larry Pederson, with Thurston Community Network, reported what the Network is doing in regards to home visitation.  Mr. Pederson also briefly described a funding strategy being pursued with other agencies.  Mary Brown, with Providence Sound Home Care, responded and explained why high-risk visits are more difficult. 

Ms. McDonald asked for the Board’s okay to continue working on this issue.  Commissioner Oberquell emphasized that providing home visits to newborns is a priority and asked for additional information on available programs, gaps, etc.  Linda Hoffman, Chief Administrative Officer, was present and indicated a work session will be scheduled to continue the discussion and explore the Board’s questions and see what the next steps ought to be. 

Director's Report

Due to another commitment, it was necessary for Bob Mead to leave the meeting early. Discussion of drought issues will be added to the Board of County Commissioner meeting agenda for Monday, March 26th

Mental Health Project Update

Mark Freedman, RSN Manager, was present and provided an overview of the development plan for a Thurston-Mason Regional Support Triage and Evaluation and Treatment facility. There was a brief discussion concerning the project.  Commissioner Wolfe indicated she was pleased with the way things are coming together and the effort being put forth. The Board acknowledged the hard work of staff.


It was reported that record number of samples have been submitted and analyzed over the past two weeks.  Out of 968 bottles distributed, 747 have been turned in since the earthquake.  Of those samples, 105 showed the presence of coliform bacteria.  The free water sample testing program is essentially over, however special needs will be considered.

Mr. Starry explained that 150 Operation and Maintenance renewal notices were recently mailed out.

Mr. Starry also explained that an Issue Alert was written concerning the Sewerage General Plan being implemented in urban areas.

Health Officer's Report

Mr. Libbey reported that during the first two weeks of the Mobile Syringe Exchange close to 3,000 syringes were exchanged each week, which is a significant increase.  Chairman O’Sullivan reported attending a Rainier City Council with Erik Landaas, and acknowledged the thorough and professional manner in which he responded to questions concern the mobile syringe exchange program.


There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.



Clerk of the Board of Health
Date: April 2, 2001 

KEVIN J. O'SULLIVAN, Commissioner
CATHY WOLFE, Commissioner

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