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LARIMER COUNTY BOARD OF HEALTH – November 14, 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.

Steve Yurash

Jennifer Lee, Ph.D.

                                                Janna West-Kowalski, M.S.

 

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

Commissioner:                         Steve Johnson

Staff:                                         Marie Macpherson, Jerry Blehm, Doug Ryan, Paula Lady

                                     

1.   Call to order – CJ McKinney, Board president - The Board of Health meeting was called to order at 7:00 PM.

2.   Approval of minutes of October 10, 2013 meeting – Minutes of the October 10, 2013 meeting were unanimously approved.

 

3.   2013 Air Quality Update – Doug Ryan updated the BOH on the air quality as it relates to ozone in Larimer County .  The EPA sets the air quality standards for six pollutants, and Colorado is in compliance with five of the six.  Ground-level ozone is the pollutant along the Front Range for which Colorado is in “non-attainment” status. Unlike high-altitude ozone which protects our health, ground-level ozone in the air we breathe has harmful health effects.  There are three ozone monitors in Larimer County -  one on the CSU campus, one on the west end of LaPorte Avenue and one in Rocky Mountain National Park.   Our air quality meets the original 1997 standard, but is in violation of the more stringent ozone standard that the EPA issued in March 2008. The new standard was tightened from 80 parts per billion to 75 parts per billion of ozone averaged over an 8-hour period..  The EPA periodically revises the standards set for air quality to protect the health of sensitive population groups.  Mr. Ryan led the BOH through key findings of ozone studies and the results of those studies. 

 

4.   Larimer County, Life After the Flood, video – The County Commissioners requested that this video be viewed at by all Larimer County boards.  This video is also available for viewing at the Virtual Courthouse, larimercounty.org.   After viewing the video there was discussion among the BOH regarding what efforts have been done and continue to be done regarding work related to the flood. 

 

5.   Review of possible templates for analyzing requested Board of Health resolutions – Ms. West-Kowalski requested that the BOH have a consistent foundation for topics for evaluation and discussion when the BOH is requested to take a stance on resolutions.  BOH members agreed that when analysis is needed that the BOH informally follow the RWJ Foundation template.  Dr. Richards has summarized the items in the proposed templates for the BOH.    

 

6.   Policy governance report for 2013 – Dr. LeBailly went through the Policy Governance Report with the Board.  This report mirrors the expectations of the County Commissioners have of the County Manager. 

 

7.   Fort Collins West Nile Virus report by CSU’s Dr. Chet Moore – This item will be moved to the December meeting.   

 

8.   Review of Evaluation form for Director’s performance review in December – No changes in the evaluation form were requested by the Board.  Board members are asked to email their completed evaluation forms to C.J. McKinney by December 5th. 

 

9.   Director’s report – Dr. LeBailly told the Board that the Department was awarded an end of year immunization grant of $20,000.  Some County staff will be moved to that grant for the month of December in order to save County dollars.  

 

The grant for the Public Health Improvement Plan has been submitted to Kaiser.  Because of some glitches on Kaiser’s end, we are still waiting to hear of the award for that grant.  The Health District did receive a grant from Kaiser to be able to conduct a child health survey.

 

We received a grant of $5,000 from the State Health Department to help homeowners affected by the flood pay for well water testing.

 

The Nurturing Program can no longer be funded by the Dept. of Human services, and will end on October 31.

 

We continue to have a pertussis outbreak and are up to 71 cases for the year.  We are sending letters to schools as they are affected with confirmed cases.  All the tetanus vaccines we gave for flood purposes were Tdap vaccine which includes protection against pertussis.

 

For those interested County Budget Hearing’s are coming up and you can attend those meetings, listen to internet stream, or watch them on the County’s cable access channel. 

 

10.   Next meeting: December 12, 2013.  Items on the agenda will include WNV report, goals for 2013 report, and public health director’s evaluation.

11.   Adjourn – the meeting was adjourned at 9:10 PM.

 



 

 

 

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

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