Chairman O’Sullivan called the meeting to order.
Attendance: Chairman O’Sullivan, Commissioners Oberquell and Wolfe, Deputy Director Sherri McDonald, Environmental Health Director Art Starry, Health Officer Dr. Diana Yu, Acting Chief Administrative Officer Don Krupp, and Clerk of the Board Patti Swanson.
a) Approval of Agenda - Commissioner Wolfe moved to approve the Agenda as submitted. Commissioner Oberquell seconded the motion. The motion carried.
b) Approval of Minutes – Commissioner Wolfe moved to approve the minutes of June 4, 2001 as submitted. Commissioner Oberquell seconded the motion. The motion carried.
Introductions of Staff:
Sherri McDonald introduced Deborah Ahern. Ms. Ahern is the new Personal Health Program Manager for Client Services. Ms. Ahern provided comments. The Board welcomed Ms. Ahern to Thurston County.
a) Department of Health – 2001 Consolidated Contract – Amendment No. 2
Sherri McDonald explained that the Consolidated Contract with the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) provides funding for provision of personal health public health services. This amendment provides additional funding for the Family Planning and Immunization programs and makes adjustments in program requirements. Commissioner Wolfe moved to approve and execute Amendment No. 2 to the 2001 Consolidated Contract with the Department of Health in the amount of $18,192. Commissioner Oberquell seconded the motion. The motion carried.
a) Woman’s Health Issues
Sherri McDonald provided an introduction and explained that information will be presented on: health indicators of women, changes in the Breast and Cervical Health Program, and a minority outreach event. Data was presented and discussed including the leading causes of death in Thurston County and Washington State, birth and fertility, cigarette smoking during pregnancy, and sexually transmitted diseases. During discussion on youth cigarette smoking, Chairman O’Sullivan referenced sitting down with the lobbyist from Phillip Morris to discuss the issue of retail advertising of cigarettes. Dr. Diana Yu suggested perhaps an update from Tobacco Free Thurston County on the local tobacco prevention campaign be provided at a future Board of Health meeting. Commissioner Wolfe expressed concern with the increase in teen cigarette smoking. Chairman O’Sullivan emphasized the importance of pursuing prevention activities.
Chairman O’Sullivan mentioned that he was under the misconception that the Health Department has a designated grant writer. Ms. McDonald indicated that currently grant writing and fund seeking is performed by staff throughout the Department.
Julie Miller, Personal Health Program Manager, provided information on the Breast and Cervical Health Program. There was discussion on the importance of getting the word out on this important issue. Commissioner Oberquell emphasized the need to not only educate low-moderate income women concerning this issue but also those who are busy. People who don’t take time out of their busy schedules for breast and cervical cancer prevention. Ms. Miller invited the Board to attend a multi-cultural and multi- generational Fashion Show and Celebration to be held on Friday, June 29th from 6:00 to 9:00 P.M. at the Women’s Club of Olympia.
a) Director’s Report
Ms. McDonald explained that Pat Libbey was in Atlanta at a Centers for Disease Control (CDC) meeting to discuss public health performance standards.
Ms. McDonald distributed a list of possible topics for a Local Boards of Health Workshop that will be held on October 25-26. The list was created as a result of a survey recently completed by Board members.
b) Health Officer’s Report
Dr. Diana Yu reported that there has been a flurry of activities of physicians setting up clinical practices as a result of the Memorial Clinic closure, and the impact that has had on the Department.
Dr. Yu reported on a preliminary meeting regarding the flu vaccine shortage in 2000 and plans for 2001. Commissioner Oberquell reiterated her concern that doctors, hospitals, and clinics should get flu vaccine before the grocery stores, etc. do. That those at highest risk of getting the flu should have first access.
Patti Swanson, Clerk of the Board
Date of Approval July 2, 2001
The Board of Health meets on the 1st and 3rd Board Meetings of the Month. Minutes will be published when approved by the Board of Health at their next regularly scheduled meeting. If you have any questions regarding this meeting, please contact Patti Swanson, Clerk of the Board of Health using e-mail or calling (360) 786-5581.
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