LARIMER COUNTY BOARD OF HEALTH – June 13, 2013

After a joint meeting with the County Commissioners, the Larimer County Board of Health (BOH) convened an abbreviated meeting to approve the April and May BOH minutes 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.

Steve Yurash

Jennifer Lee

Executive Secretary:                 Adrienne LeBailly, M.D., M.P.H.

Staff:                                         Marie Macpherson, Averil Strand, Gerry Blehm, Ed Schemm

                                     

1.   Approval of Minutes : The Board of Health meeting was called to order at 7:00 PM.  Minutes of the April 11, 2013 and May 9, 2013 meeting were unanimously approved.

2.   Next meetings: July 11, 2013 [subsequently moved to July 18] at 7:00 PM;  August 22, 2013 at 7:00 PM for budget approval, a change from the usual second Thursday of the month.

3.   Director’s report  Dr. LeBailly advised the Board of new law passed in the 2013 legislative session that exempts participants in a syringe exchange program ffrom being prosecuted for possession of drug paraphernalia (but NOT drugs). Paraphernalia laws are considered a disincentive to SEP clients returning used needles.  In order to document client participation, NCAP will issue a card to their clients that can be shown to law enforcement, but the process still needs to be worked out with the district attorney’s office and local police/sheriff deputies. The card would generally be given after the second or third visit to the SEP.  NCAP is hoping the Board of Health finds issuing such a card annually an acceptable interval to document participation. 

The Colorado Benefits Exchange grant application - The Health District of Northern Larimer County, the Health Department, and the Dept. of Human Services had originally worked on partnering on this grant to help individuals and small businesses understand their insurance options under the “Connect for Health Colorado” program (the state’s implementation of the Affordable Care Act).  The grant awarded was only 55% of the funds requested, so both county departments have withdrawn from the proposal.  The Women’s Resource Center, the Salud system, and Lutheran Family Services also received grant funds, so there are several providers of the service in Larimer.  The Health District will be the only local grant recipient to help small businesses find insurance products to buy for their employees or suggest that their employees purchase.  

Ms. Strand informed the BOH that we have been given additional measles vaccine from the state due recent infections in the Denver area.

Dr. LeBailly reported that we have seen an increase in West Nile-positive pools of mosquitoes so far in June, five positive pools.  This is a more than a month early to see this many positive pools. We are waiting for additional lab confirmation on these tests.

4.   Adjourn – The meeting was adjourned at  7:15 PM.

 

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Paula Lady, Recording Secretary         Adrienne LeBailly, MD, MPH, Executive Secretary