LARIMER COUNTY BOARD OF HEALTH – January 10, 2013
The Larimer County Board of Health (BOH) convened its regular meeting at 7:00 PM at the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment (LCDHE), 1525 Blue Spruce Drive, Fort Collins, CO
Members Present: C.J. McKinney, Ph.D.
N. Mark Richards, M.D., M.P.H.
Lee Thielen, M.P.A.
Executive Secretary: Adrienne LeBailly, M.D., M.P.H.
Staff: Avie Strand, Gerald Blehm, Paula Lady
1. The Board of Health meeting was called to order at 7:05 PM.
2. Minutes of the December 13, 2012 meeting were unanimously approved.
3. Follow-up on draft letter to partners re: marijuana use data – Dr. LeBailly distributed the most recent version of the letter C.J. McKinney had drafted on behalf of the Board.
Dr. LeBailly suggested that a meeting referred to in the draft letter be changed to early spring due to the two February stakeholder meetings for the Public Health Improvement Plan priorities. The letter will be sent to school districts, hospitals, law enforcement, and other community partners. Avie Strand suggested that a letter should be sent to Larry Abrahamson, the recently retired District Attorney who has been appointed to the Governor’s Task Force on the Implementation of Amendment 64. Dr. LeBailly indicated that we would like to use the data collected to address policies and regulations, in addition to educational efforts, and the Board concurred.
Proposed Goals for 2013
– Dr. LeBailly and the Division Directors reviewed
the proposed goals report for 2013, going over the individual goals of each
division. The goals report was presented at the meeting, and will be out sent
electronically as well, and attached to these minutes. Regarding BOH goal #2 –
participate in the department’s efforts to work with community partners, Dr.
LeBailly reminded the BOH of the recent invitation to the two Public Health
Improvement Plan prioritization meetings in February, and said she hoped that BOH
members could attend. Regarding the EH division goal on monitoring regulations
and health impacts of hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”), Dr. LeBailly
distributed a recent interim report from the EPA regarding potential impacts on
drinking water, and also informed the BOH of a webinar on this topic on Jan 11
if they are interested. Mr. Yurash would like to see a goal added to continue to
monitor air quality emissions (especially ozone) along with any changes to the
vehicle inspection regulations.
Customer Service Report for
2012 – Dr. LeBailly distributed the
Customer Service Report and asked if there were any concerns. Ms. Thielen
indicated that she would be interested in some method for the department to
actively seek customer feedback. Dr. LeBailly said that,
in the recent past, we had asked all Health Department programs to develop measures of customer satisfaction for their program, but that these performance measures had not yet been implemented. Mr. Yurash suggested he would like to see a complaint/suggestion form to offer to customers.
6. Discussion of Board of Health self-evaluation form for future meeting review –
LeBailly inquired if the BOH wanted to continue to use the same form as in the
past, and whether they would like to discuss their self-evaluation in March. Dr.
LeBailly will collect the responses and bring them to the March meeting. The
Board could discuss it then or at a later meeting, as the March agenda allows.
Location for posting BOH meeting dates/times/location. Dr. LeBailly let the BOH know that there is supposed to be an annual designation of the site that BOH meeting dates/times/location are posted. This information is posted with the Commissioners’ meeting agendas at each entrance to the Courthouse, as well as on the web. She requested a motion be made to approve this designation via a resolution that mirrored one passed by the Commissioners earlier in the week. The motion was made and unanimously approved by the BOH.
Influenza - Dr. LeBailly distributed a report on the number of hospitalized patients with a positive influenza test in Larimer County for the past several flu seasons. Currently we are still in the accelerating phase of this year’s flu outbreak. The vaccine appears to be a good match to the viruses circulating this year.
Dr. LeBailly updated the BOH on the Public Health Improvement Plan Process. An email invitation recently went out to about 80 stakeholders for two prioritization meetings to be held on February 13 and February 27. A related survey went out to partner organizations last week to measure our community’s current capacity to address the health issues being considered for prioritization by the stakeholder group.
At the State BOH meeting next week, the BOH will be approving the Colorado Minimum Quality Standards for Local Public Health Services. Dr. LeBailly distributed information to the Board on these standards.
A press release was sent out soliciting nominations for the 2013 Joseph Jabaily Public Health Hero Award. The deadline for submitting online or mailed nominations is Friday, February 22. If possible, Dr. LeBailly would like the BOH to review these nominations at the March meeting so that our Public Information Officer can reveal the person/organization selected during National Public Health Week, the first week in April.
8. Confirmation of next meeting date – There will be no BOH meeting in February due to the two Public Health Improvement prioritization meetings that month. The next meeting of the BOH is scheduled for March 14, 2013.
Ms. Thielen emphasized to the BOH the importance of the Public Health Improvement Plan prioritization efforts and encouraged them to attend the two February meetings if at all possible.
9. Adjourn – The meeting was adjourned at 9:00 PM.
Paula Lady, Recording Secretary Adrienne LeBailly, MD, MPH, Executive Secretary