SUMMARY OF ITEMS
1) CALL MEETING TO ORDER
Chairman O’Sullivan called the meeting to order.
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.
was the first meeting that was televised by Thurston Community Television.
Approval of Agenda - Commissioner Oberquell moved to approve the
Agenda as submitted. Chairman O’Sullivan seconded the motion.
The motion carried.
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
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
4) ADMINISTRATIVE ACTIONS
Miller, Personal Health Program Manager, presented the following items:
a) Interagency Work Order Amendment with
DSHS for Alternative Response System
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.
Interagency Work Order Amendment with DSHS for Health Passport Services
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.
Short Form Contract Amendment with DOH for Child Care Consultation for
Children with Special Health Care Needs
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.
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
on Access to Care Task Force
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.
Oberquell expressed concern that the issue of access to care for everyone,
not just low-income, be addressed.
was discussion concerning the best way to get information on this Thurston
County issue to the legislature.
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.
Libbey stated that the Department is beginning to plan for a community needs
assessment, similar to what was completed in 1994-1995.
Libbey provided an update on changes made to the Diazinon Education Campaign
material, as a result of discussion with the Board.
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.
Health Officer’s Report
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.
BOARD OF HEALTH
Thurston County, Washington
KEVIN J. O'SULLIVAN, Chairman
CATHY WOLFE, Member
DIANE OBERQUELL, Member
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,
Patti Swanson, Clerk of the Board of Health
using e-mail or calling (360) 786-5581.