LARIMER COUNTY BOARD OF HEALTH – February 12, 2009

 

The Larimer County Board of Health convened its regular meeting at 7:00 PM at the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment, 1525 Blue Spruce Drive, Fort Collins, CO.

 

            MEMBERS PRESENT:                                  Lee , M.P.A.

                                                                                    Teri Olson, R.N., M.S.N.                    

                                                                                    Dr. Mark Richards, M.D., M.P.H.

                                                                                    Blair Trautwein, J.D.

                                                                                    Judy Robinson, B.S.N., M.P.H

 

                                                                                    Adrienne LeBailly, M.D., M.P.H.

                                                                                    Commissioner Steve Johnson

 

           OTHERS PRESENT:                                      Marie Macpherson and Amy Smith                

                                                                                                                                               

    

1.   Call to order

 

The Board of Health meeting was called to order at 7:05 P.M.

 

2.  Approval of minutes of the January 22, 2009 Board of Health meeting

 

The minutes of the January 22, 2009 meeting were unanimously approved.

 

3.  Confirm language for BOH Goals for 2009 – Dr. LeBailly and Board members

 

Dr. LeBailly, Director of the Health Department, confirmed with the members of the Board that the language of the 2009 goals was what they had intended; all members agreed.

 

4.  Release of Public Health Accreditation Board draft standards for Local Health Departments

 

Dr. LeBailly explained there is a national effort to create an accreditation process for state and local public health agencies. She distributed the draft criteria for the accreditation process. She explained that the goal of this lengthy process is to ensure that every citizen would have access to quality public health services. She noted that a lot of staff and time that would be needed to move achieve accredited status. Marie Macpherson, the Director of Administrative Services informed the Board that the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) is taking comments on the standards and there currently are weekly webcasts covering all of the standards which the Department will monitor. She also reported that several state and local health departments will begin work to meet the standards, as part of a pilot test effort beginning in July, but formal applications for accreditation would not be accepted before 2011. Teri Olson discussed the pros and cons of what the accreditation would mean in this economy. Dr. LeBailly shared the link to the PHAB website (www.phaboard.org) if the BOH members were interested in keeping informed about the process. Ms. Thielen invited the members to the next CALPHO meeting on March 16, 2009, where public health accreditation would be discussed.

 

            5.  Re-approve policy to delegate signature authority for contracts and grants to Dr. LeBailly

 

Dr. LeBailly asked the Board to reaffirm their delegation of signature authority to her for grants and contracts on their behalf.  This is necessary due to the dissolution and recreation of the Board of Health in compliance with the Public Health Reorganization Act passed in 2008.

 

            **Motion was made to approve the delegation of signature authority to Dr. LeBailly

            **Motion was unanimously approved

 

6.  Designation of location of Board of Health meeting announcements

 

To comply with the Colorado Open Meetings Act, the Board must annually designate the location where BOH meeting announcements will be posted. Since these are posted in conjunction with the Commissioners’ meeting agenda, the location will be the agenda cases adjacent to the north and south entrances of the Larimer County Courthouse Offices Building at 200 W. Oak, Fort Collins.

            **Motion was made to approve this location for posting meeting announcements

            **Motion was unanimously approved

 

7.  Director’s Report

 

Communicable diseases:  Dr. LeBailly updated the Board on the 3 local cases involved in the Salmonella outbreak associated with peanuts; she discussed some influenza cases in the county jail; and reported that the vaccine injury court had ruled there is no link between vaccines and autism.

 

Health Indicators:  Dr. LeBailly distributed a summary of Larimer County maternal and child health (MCH) indicators that the state had used recently as an example in a presentation to all county MCH programs. Details of these indicators will be released soon. [E-mailed to the Board on Feb 23.]

 

Misc.:  Dr. LeBailly reported on a recent meeting she hadn’t been able to attend at the CSU vet school about future collaborations on human and animal public health. She briefly mentioned that the “father” of the CSU Vet School was also one of the fathers of public health in Larimer County. Dr. George Henry Glover was the first food inspector for Fort Collins, helped draft the state Pure Food statute and city Pure Food ordinance of 1907, and eliminated TB from the campus dairy herds.

 

Ms. Thielen discussed the progress of the Economic Recovery Act and the funds that are available and how they will be distributed.

 

8.  Director’s Evaluation

 

After a short recess to clear the meeting room of food items, a motion was made to go into executive session for personnel matters, regarding performance evaluation of the Public Health Director, in compliance with C.R.S. 24-6-402(4)(f)(I)      

 

                        **Motion passed unanimously

 

The Board came out of executive session at 8:40 PM. No action was taken.

Board member agreed to the next Board of Health meeting date on Thursday, March 12, 2009

 

9.  There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:42 P.M.

 

 

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Amy Smith, Recording Secretary                    Adrienne LeBailly, MD, Executive Secretary