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<br />HEALTH BOARD MINUTES - May 15, 2003 <br /> <br />Page: 3 <br /> <br />larvicide products available for home ponds. It was suggested that in light of the recent letter to editor, <br />The Leader might be more likely to print the Department's letter response and an article. <br /> <br />Public Health Fundinl!: - Action Alert: Dr. Locke noted that the referendum that would have allowed <br />a public vote on a dedicated source of public health funding died in the legislature. Since the $49M that <br />had been a stable funding source never made it into the House budget the current focus is to have <br />complete funding for the second year of the biennium. There was support for modifying the last <br />paragraph of the draft letter in the agenda packet as follows: in the third sentence, replacing "its <br />minimum share of funding" with "the state's share of funding" and in the fifth sentence, replacing <br />"Without this funding" with "Without adequate funding." <br /> <br />Mav 13. 2003 Health of Jefferson County Forum - Next SteDs: The Board commended Staff and <br />Chairman Masci for their excellent efforts in putting together the workshop, noting that the information <br />was valuable and the groups well organized. Jean Baldwin recognized the valued participation of school <br />boards, UGN, hospital commissioners, and the OlyCap Board. She then led a discussion of a strategy for <br />moving into the next phase, noting there was interest in the following work groups continuing: health <br />care access; vulnerable populations - young children, 18-34, and seniors; socio-economic issues and <br />impact on health; substance abuse, and mental health. Each work group would include one staff person <br />and two community facilitators (Chairman Masci, David Sullivan, and Members Frissell and Buhler). <br />The facilitators would help the Department define what the workgroup would be measuring long term. A <br />workshop summary and priorities would be provided to the Board in its next Board packet. <br /> <br />Jean Baldwin noted that on May 15, the State Department of Health and Clague and Associates would <br />be coming to get feedback on how local health jurisdictions do assessment. They might want to contact <br />Board members. There was discussion of other opportunities for groups to hear a presentation ofthis <br />data: presentation to the physicians, the religious community, mental health and substance abuse boards, <br />and the hospital board. It was suggested that a written summary ofBRFSS/Other Data as well as what <br />was done in the forum might be more useful thana lengthy presentation. Jean Baldwin recognized that <br />CD-ROMS with the data would replace future printing of the books, which cost $8 each. <br /> <br />There was Board agreement that the Data Steering Committee and new facilitators should meet before <br />the groups start convening so that facilitators can present in a common format. It was suggested that the <br />format used in the afternoon of the workshop be duplicated, but receiving discussion questions in <br />advance and suggesting certain portions of the book with which the group should become familiar. <br />Chairman Masci suggested that the work groups might be tasked to issue a press release after three to six <br />months. Jean Baldwin agreed to send some information out soon to bring this all together. <br /> <br />National Nurses Week Focus on Public Health Nursinl!:: Marty Johnson, School Health Nurse for <br />Chimacum, Brinnon and Quilcene as well as Children with Special Healthcare Needs, talked about <br />National Nurses Week, which is celebrated May 6_12th. She provided background on the life of the <br />founder of Nursing, Florence Nightingale and provided a brief review of the history of Public Health. <br />She then offered the results of her survey of the professional background ofthe County's public health <br />nurses, which accrued to 429 years of collective nursing and nursing-related work experience. Referring <br />to a 1946 discussion guide titled "Is Your Health The Nation's Business?," she described how public <br />health protection has become a basic government responsibility. She reviewed the core functions of <br />Public Health and displayed a chart of the impact of vaccines in the 20th Century. She showed newspaper <br />clippings about smallpox collected by health nurses from 1936-46. The U.S. Department of Health and <br />