LARIMER COUNTY BOARD OF HEALTH – December 15, 2011
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.
Debby Healy, R.N., B.H.S.
Executive Secretary: Adrienne LeBailly, M.D., M.P.H.
Commissioner Liaison: Steve Johnson
Staff: Marie Macpherson, Jerry Blehm, Avie Strand, Paula Lady
1. Call to order The Board of Health meeting was called to order at 7:00 PM.
2. Approval of November 17, 2011 meeting minutes - minutes of the November 17, 2011 meeting were unanimously approved.
3. Report on Goals for 2011, potential 2012 goals – The BOH reviewed the goals report for 2011 and the Department managers answered a few questions. Dr. LeBailly then presented the proposed goals for 2012 and asked for thoughts from the BOH what they would like to see for 2012. The Board felt that most of the 2011 Board goals would carry over into 2012, with some additions:
Board goal relating to Community Health Assessment and Public Health Improvement Plan: The Board wanted to identify their potential roles in the Community Health Assessment and Public Health Improvement process. Some Board members expressed an interest in having more opportunity to participate in the process, including notification of meeting dates and locations. At this time, Dr. Richards is part of the Leadership and Health Data Team for the Community Health Assessment. The project manager, Christy Bush will provide more detailed timelines and tasks as one of her first priorities. The meetings will likely occur during working hours, but will likely occur only twice a month. For interested Board members who cannot attend meetings, relevant information can be posted on the web, so that BOH members can access as much detailed information as they want.
Board goal relating to involvement in budget reductions: The Board goal should be more involved in the process of making decisions about service changes/reductions, as needed by reductions in county funding.
Mr. Yurash expressed his interest in continuing to learn about department programs both through Board presentations and in-person shadowing of service delivery, and other board members agreed. This will be added as an additional Board goal.
The Board asked for a customer service report to be added to the Administrative goals for 2012. No other changes or modifications were suggested for other department or division goals.
The Director’s report was moved to #4 on the agenda as certain staff can stay for this portion before being dismissed for Executive session.
4. Director’s report – Dr. LeBailly reported on some changes in the health care provider system in the area: Kaiser Permanente is moving into the area though a partnership with Banner Health’s primary care providers and hospitals (McKee and NCMC). Poudre Valley Health systems is contracting with Colorado Choice to provide health insurance for small businesses.
Dr. LeBailly distributed the self-evaluation tool the BOH has used in the past, and asked for input at the January meeting.
Dr. LeBailly reported to the BOH that there are some interesting influenza cases occurring in the U.S, caused by mixing (‘reassortment”) of a swine influenza virus and a type A human flu virus (H3N2). A similar mixing of human and swine influenza viruses led to the 2009 H1N1 pandemic flu. So far there are 11 cases identified nationwide (none in Colorado), most of whom are children. The people who have contracted this flu have not had any contact with swine. If this virus were to spread explosively in the human population, there could be another pandemic, but we certainly hope not. CDC has put out guidelines for better surveillance of this virus.
The Board reconvened from executive session at 9:15 PM.
BOH meeting: January 19, 2012 at 7
Paula Lady, Recording Secretary Adrienne LeBailly, MD, Executive Secretary