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LARIMER COUNTY BOARD OF HEALTH – January 19, 2012
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: N. Mark Richards, M.D., M.P.H.
Lee Thielen, M.P.A.
C.J. McKinney, Ph.D.
Executive Secretary: Adrienne LeBailly, M.D., M.P.H.
Commissioner Liaison: Steve Johnson
Staff: Marie Macpherson, Jerry Blehm, Avie Strand, Paula Lady
Public: Jeff Basinger, NCAP, Taj Schimek, Regis Nursing Student
Erin Hauser, Regis Nursing Student
1. Call to order The Board of Health meeting was called to order at 7:00 PM.
2. Approval of December 15, 2011 meeting minutes - amendment to the minutes regarding the evaluation of Dr. LeBailly, to reflect that the BOH expresses their appreciation for her extraordinary leadership and quality of her work to the citizens of Larimer County. Minutes were then approved with this amendment.
Richards asked the BOH what the next steps should be and the most efficient way
to move forward. Dr. LeBailly indicated that we are required by statute to
gather input from certain stakeholders if the Board considers approving NCAP’s
request. The BOH has not been asked to have the Health Department create a
syringe exchange program; the Board has been asked not to prevent NCAP from providing
this service to a population who are already their clients.
Jeff Basinger has agreed to help organize the
gathering of input from area stakeholders, under the guidance of the BOH and
Dr. LeBailly. There is currently an intern who is working with NCAP to
collect 500 surveys of what are local residents’ attitudes and beliefs about SEP’s. The goal is to compile information about issues, barriers and concerns regarding SEP’s. Mr. Basinger has indicated NCAP will fund and operate the SEP under the BOH oversight and approval. He will put together a proposal of goals and objectives to get community input. Mr. Basinger indicated that funding must be in place by July 1st, and that he will provide a proposal on community feedback to the BOH by the February meeting.
The 2012 Goals were approved with the amendments discussed.
7. Update of Community Health Assessment and Public Health Improvement Planning process – Dr. LeBailly provided a handout on the community assessment effort and reported on the initial organizational meeting. She also presented the BOH the “Guiding Principles Worksheet” that the leadership team was asked to complete. A meeting schedule for January - March has been developed for both the data subcommittee and the leadership team. The leadership team will meet again on February 22nd from 10:30 am –noon and March 22nd from 10:30 am–noon, if any additional Board members are interested. Dr. Richards is part of both the leadership team and the data subcommittee. Dr. Richards said the assessment is very well organized.
8. Director’s report – Dr. LeBailly reported on a bill that is being introduced regarding foods being prepared in home kitchens. She handed out a copy of the House Bill and Senate Bill, along with information from CALPHO related to home food preparation. The Health Department’s Food Supervisor indicated to Dr. LeBailly that he is extremely concerned about these bills. Comments from CALPHO are from a similar bill from last year, but relevant to the new bills. Dr. LeBailly also informed the BOH that the Colorado Restaurant Association wants to pass a bill that says a Health Department cannot suspend or revoke a restaurant license without going through the civil penalties process. Our concern is that if an immediate hazard is found and the restaurant will not close voluntarily, we would be unable to suspend a license without going through the courts, which is very arduous and time-consuming. This is strongly being opposed by CALPHO and the State Health Department.
Ms. Macpherson provided a document summarizing 17 customer service complaints received in 2011. Out of the thousands of clients that are served by our department in a year, this number is actually quite small, but we always try to minimize the number of complaints. She will bring this report to the BOH annually.
Next BOH meeting:
February 9, 2012 at 7 PM. Dr. Bruce Cooper will present on the 2010
Community Survey done every three years by the Health District.
Paula Lady, Recording Secretary Adrienne LeBailly, MD, Executive Secretary