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Meeting Minutes
August 20, 2001



Chairman O’Sullivan called the meeting to order.

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

a)   Approval of Agenda Pat Libbey asked that Recognition of Capital Medical Center be moved to the beginning of the meeting.  There being no other changes, 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 July 16, 2001 as submitted.  Commissioner Oberquell seconded the motion.  The motion carried.

Recognition of Capital Medical Center

Pat Libbey provided an overview and explained that Capital Medical Center has worked closely with the Thurston County Drug Task Force and the Health Department to assure the health of children who have been in drug lab settings is being addressed.  The Emergency Department of the hospital has been performing medical/developmental screenings for these children.  Dr. Cynthia Wolfe of Capital Emergency Department and Health Officer Dr. Diana Yu developed a screening protocol that both addresses immediate health issues and lays the baseline for assessing future development of these infants and children.  Under the leadership of Janine Cannon-Davis, Emergency Department Director, Capital Medical Center has been performing these assessments without regard to the ability to recover payment for the services.  Mr. Libbey stated that Capital Medical Center’s collaboration and community partnering is an outstanding reminder that it takes all sectors of the community working together to achieve good public health.  In recognition of the contribution Capital Medical Center is making to the health and well being of the people of Thurston County, the Board of Health presented Joe Sharpe, CEO, with a Public Health Award.  Also present were Janine Cannon-Davis, Susie Kent, Marketing Director, Jim Chamberlain, Thurston County Sheriff’s Office, and Earlyse Swift, Together!  The Board provided congratulations.  


Joe Cole was present and addressed the Board concerning efforts to clean up the Cascade Pole site.  Mr. Cole expressed concern that the dredging is disturbing the contaminants and causing an order.  Mr. Cole urged the Board of Health to pursuade the Port of Olympia to look at other alternatives to dredging.

Larry Dudley addressed the Board questioning the timing of the dredging in relation to salmon.

Kathryn Liberty O’Neill expressed concern with the lack of signage on the beach during Cascade Pole site clean up efforts.  Ms. O’Neill requested a stop action order be placed at once.

Jerry Dierker also addressed the Board concerning Cascade Pole. 



a)   Consolidated Contract Amendment No. 3
Sherri McDonald explained that the Consolidated Contract provides funding for provision of personal health public health services.  This amendment provides additional funding for the Tobacco Youth Access, WIC Farmer’s Market Administration and Family Planning Programs.  In addition, this amendment provides funding for purchase and installation of equipment to create an Electronic Disease Reporting System in the new Health Building.  Commissioner Wolfe moved to approve and execute Amendment No. 3 to the 2001 Consolidated Contract with the Department of Health, increasing the total amount by $31,593.  Commissioner Oberquell seconded the motion.  The motion carried.

b)   Site Hazard Assessment Grant Application
Pat Libbey explained that a two-year grant has been received that will continue the Department’s capacity to investigate drug labs, perform initial investigations and carry out site hazard assessments of contaminated sites.  The grant will also support staff review of clean up plans, special investigations and overseeing home heating oil tank removals.  Gerald Tousley, Hazardous Waste Specialist III, provided a brief overview of the program.  Chairman O’Sullivan acknowledged the vital work and responsiveness of staff.  At Commissioner Oberquell’s request, Mr. Tousley answered questions and provided clarification on the Department’s involvement in identification of drug labs.  Mr. Libbey reminded the Board that staff is working with the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office on code changes relating to drug labs.  When discussion was complete, Commissioner Wolfe moved to authorize the Director of the Public Health and Social Services Department to accept the Site Hazard Assessment Grant for 2001-2003.  Commissioner Oberquell seconded the motion.  The motion carried.


c)   Mobile Syringe Exchange Update
Pawnee Brown provided an update on the mobile syringe exchange program.  Mr. Brown explained that in March, 2001 the Department began a mobile syringe exchange program to replace the loss of the fixed site previously located in Lacey.  It was emphasized that the goal of the program is to prevent new cases of HIV/AIDS and or Hepatitis among IDUS, their sexual partners and children.  The number of clients seen, syringes exchanged and referrals made to drug treatment and detox were provided.  Commissioner O’Sullivan asked if it was known how many people who were referred for treatment actually entered treatment.  The Board asked that this information be tracked.  Staff will determine how best to capture this information. 

Mr. Brown reviewed the staff safety procedures used in the mobile program.  Chairman O’Sullivan acknowledged the job being done by Mr. Brown and the volunteers in the program. 

Julie Miller introduced Mike Bova, the new Friend to Friend Public Health Educator. 

Erik Landaas reported on a meeting that he, Chairman O’Sullivan and Neil McClanahan held with Mason County Law Enforcement and tribes regarding opiate/drug use. 

The Board was reminded of a Town Hall meeting, on Opiate Use Trends and the possibility of implementing a Methadone Treatment Program in Thurston County, to be held on August 21, 2001 at 6:30 P.M. at Lacey Community Center.

6)   OTHER

a)   Director’s Report

Pat Libbey provided a brief update on the new Health Building.

b)   Health Officer’s Report - None


Thurston County, Washington



Patti Swanson, Clerk of the Board
Date of Approval  September 17
, 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 agendas, minutes or meeting dates, please contact Patti Swanson, Clerk of the Board of Health using e-mail or calling (360) 786-5581.

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