County Offices, Courts and Landfill will be closed on Monday, July 4 for the Independence Day Holiday. Critical services at Larimer County are not disrupted by closures.
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 Thielen, M.P.A.
Teri Olson, R.N., M.S.N.
Blair Trautwein, J.D.
Mark Richards, M.D., M.P.H.
Adrienne LeBailly, MD, MPH - Exec. Secretary
OTHERS PRESENT: Dr. Larry Kieft, Susan Kieft, Marie Macpherson, Bruce Peters, Commissioner Kathay Rennels, Janelle Henderson, Jerry Blehm, Nettie Underwood, and Amy Smith.
1. Call to Order
Meeting was called to order at 7:11 P.M.
2. Approval of the Minutes of June 14, 2007
Minutes of June 14, 2007 were unanimously approved.
3. Presentation of Joseph Jabaily Health Hero Award
On behalf of the BOH, Lee Thielen presented the Joseph Jabaily award to Dr. Larry D. Kieft and thanked him for his years of valued service to the residents of Larimer County. His wife, Susan, was also in attendance and thanks were extended to her as well.
4. All Hazards Emergency Preparedness and Response (EPR) Program – Update on 2007 Public Health Emergency Operations Plan for LCDHE
Janelle Henderson submitted the Department’s Public Health Emergency Operations Plan to the BOH members as required by state Board of Health regulations. She explained that the plan must be reviewed and updated annually and submitted to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the Colorado Board of Health, and the local Board of Health by July 31st each year.
Ms. Henderson explained that there are numerous annexes of the plan to meet specific emergency needs, while the basic plan is intentionally kept fairly brief. The Board of Health’s role in emergencies is primarily to confirm declarations of public health emergencies when made the department, and to review policies and provide advice as needed. The Health Department is required to exercise the plan once a year. We hope to be able to complete a “mass vaccination clinic” exercise by doing a drive-thru flu shot clinic in early December if a grant request is funded, using Kaiser Permanente’s clinic as a model. There are plans to meet with Kaiser’s staff to gain information and observe their drive-thru clinics in November.
5. Update on budget prioritization process
Marie informed the Board of Health that the Board of County Commissioners had a work session earlier in the week related to the county priorities for services, and the Department is waiting finalized guidance. Copies of the documents on the major service areas that were submitted to the Commissioners were shared with the Board of Health. Dr. LeBailly commented on the valuable guidance and feedback the Board provided in developing these documents, .
Commissioner Rennels commented that the budget guidelines should go out next week regarding preparation of the budgets. (The Guidelines for 2008 were sent via e-mail by the County’s Budget Manager that evening while the meeting was in session).
A bill was passed in the State Legislature that allows counties to seek approval from the voters for a two cent public safety tax, which is not counted against the limit for county sales tax amount. This legislation may be of interest to Larimer County in the future.
6. Director’s Report
Dr. LeBailly gave a presentation
on West Nile Virus and distributed graphs comparing mosquitoes trapped in 2003
and 2007. Colorado is a “hot zone” state and Larimer County is a
‘hot zone’ county in the U.S. Currently three mosquito pools have tested positive
for West Nile Virus. She explained the long-term side effects and reported spraying
is the only way to reduce infected adult mosquitoes. (Larviciding, which has
been done in Fort Collins, Loveland and other areas, has been done all spring and summer,
but has no effect on adult mosquitoes.) Dr. LeBailly contacted the Fort Collins
City Council and presented this information at their work session on July 10.
There is a possibility of a human vaccine for West Nile Virus, but unfortunately it’s likely to be 3-5 years away and could cost $100-$150. Lee Thielen asked what was being done for public education. Dr. LeBailly replied that the West Nile grant, which was by 60% compared to last year, does not allow those funds to be used for education, but that the Health Department had provided a lot of information to the media and on the website.
· The “What if Colorado” campaign will kick off July 19. Its goal is to raise public awareness on the importance of household preparation for a variety of emergencies. As part of the campaign, a reality-type show of Coloradans will be produced, showing how participants would cope with various disasters they are asked to deal with.
· Dr. LeBailly will be in Washington, D.C. next week attending the AMA/CDC 2nd National Summit on Health System Preparedness, focusing on Pandemic Flu Preparedness.
7. Proposed Date of next meeting will be August 23, 2007
It was requested the next meeting to be held August 23, 2007 in place of the regularly scheduled second Thursday of the month (August 9, 2007), so the BOH can be provided with a draft of the budget. The Board approved moving the meeting to Aug. 23rd.
9. Meeting was adjourned at 8:40 PM
Amy Smith, Recording Secretary Adrienne LeBailly, MD, Executive Secretary