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Meeting Minutes
July 2, 2001

SUMMARY OF ITEMS

1)   CALL MEETING TO ORDER

Chairman O’Sullivan called the meeting to order.

Attendance: Chairman O’Sullivan, Commissioners Oberquell and Wolfe, Department Director Pat Libbey, Deputy Director Sherri McDonald, Health Officer Dr. Diana Yu, Acting Chief Administrative Officer Don Krupp, and Clerk of the Board Patti Swanson. 

This was the first meeting that was televised by Thurston Community Television.

a)    Approval of Agenda - Commissioner Oberquell moved to approve the Agenda as submitted.  Chairman O’Sullivan seconded the motion.  The motion carried.

b)    Approval of Minutes – Commissioner Oberquell moved to approve the minutes of June 18, 2001 as submitted.  Chairman O’Sullivan seconded the motion.  The motion carried.

2)    OPPORTUNITY FOR THE PUBLIC TO ADDRESS THE BOARD - None

3)    CORRESPONDENCE – None

Commissioner Oberquell took a moment to publicly thank FEMA for the post-earthquake work they did for the community.  The offices they opened immediately after the earthquake are now closed.  Commissioner Oberquell acknowledged the fact that they employed people locally and also contributed financially to the community.  

4)    ADMINISTRATIVE ACTIONS

Julie Miller, Personal Health Program Manager, presented the following items:

a)   Interagency Work Order Amendment with DSHS for Alternative Response System

This program provides services to families that are screened by Child Protective Services (CPS) and determined to be low to moderately low risk of abuse or neglect.  This amendment extends the original agreement end date and increases the funding amount. 

b)    Interagency Work Order Amendment with DSHS for Health Passport Services

This program collects and assesses health information on children in out-of-home care, provides referrals and helps ensure children receive preventive and required health care.  The amendment extends the end date and increases the funding amount. 

c)    Short Form Contract Amendment with DOH for Child Care Consultation for Children with Special Health Care Needs

This program increases the number of quality, licensed, certified and informal child care slots and placements for children with special needs.  This amendment adds additional funding.

The Board asked questions.  When discussion was complete, Commissioner Oberquell moved to approve items “a” through “c”.  Chairman O’Sullivan seconded the motion.  The motion carried.

5)    PRESENTATION AND DISCUSSION ITEMS

a)   Update on Access to Care Task Force

Sherri McDonald provided background information on the Community Health Task Force.  The Board of Health convened the Task Force in 1994 to prioritize health issues in Thurston County.  The Task Force was reconvened in 1999 specifically to address access to primary medical and dental care.  Ms. McDonald presented an update that included accomplishments, changes in the health care delivery system, and continuing efforts of the Task Force. 

Commissioner Oberquell expressed concern that the issue of access to care for everyone, not just low-income, be addressed.

There was discussion concerning the best way to get information on this Thurston County issue to the legislature.

The next Task Force meeting will be held on September 25th at 5:30.  At that time the group will explore the definition of “access”, and plan for another provider survey. 

6)    OTHER

a)    Director’s Report

Pat Libbey stated that the Department is beginning to plan for a community needs assessment, similar to what was completed in 1994-1995. 

Mr. Libbey provided an update on changes made to the Diazinon Education Campaign material, as a result of discussion with the Board.

Mr. Libbey indicated that in response to requests, the Department is looking into the issue of establishing a Methadone program for Thurston and Mason Counties.  A Town Hall-type informational meeting has been tentatively scheduled.   It was decided to look into other dates(s) to accommodate Board members’ schedules.  Mr. Libbey provided a brief update on the increase of heroin use in Thurston County.

b)    Health Officer’s Report

Dr. Diana Yu, Health Officer, gave an update on the number of cases of certain communicable diseases from 1999 to present.  Also discussed was the shortage of Tetanus vaccine and current acute Hepatitis B cases.

7)         ADJOURNMENT

BOARD OF HEALTH
Thurston County, Washington

KEVIN J. O'SULLIVAN, C
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CATHY WOLFE,
Member

DIANE OBERQUELL, Member

ATTEST:
Patti Swanson, Clerk of the Board
Date of Approval  July 16
, 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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