SEPTEMBER 13, 2007

President Doyle Webster called the Board of Health to order on September 13, 2007 at 7:00 p.m.

Attendees:    Rita Hart, Lynn Jones, George Kellner, Dr. Kevin Ketring, Pam Willis,
Jean Hicks, Margie Harlow, Cammie Mitrione, Dr. Barry Webb and Mayor
Doyle Webster

The minutes of May 10, 2007 were approved.

FSO/RFE Licensing Fees
Mrs. Mitrione said she has the new food licensing fees based on the cost methodology. The fees are slightly higher than last year.

Mayor Webster asked how the fees compare with other communities and how come they went up after being down for a few years.

Mrs. Mitrione responded there were years that the sanitarians didn’t work as much and there was no food sampling done for a couple of years. Mrs. Mitrione will send the board members information showing the results of the cost methodology that determines the maximum amount that can be charged for fees.

Mammogram Van
Mrs. Mitrione reported there were twenty-eight mammograms done at the mammogram van in July. Of those, one person was diagnosed with breast cancer. The van is scheduled again for January 2008.

Willows Summer Program
Mrs. Mitrione stated the Health Department partnered with The Willows management for a six-week program for the children. She said the programs included snacks, crafts, and health/safety information. She said they averaged fifteen kids per meeting. Mrs. Mitrione said next year they will start the program a little later in the day to accommodate the children who are in summer school.

ServSafe Classes
Mrs. Mitrione said they had twelve participants in the last ServSave Class.

Thermometer Exchange
Mrs. Mitrione stated Springdale was a drop off point for Hamilton County’s Thermometer Exchange Program. She said we collected more than 300 thermometers from 139 people.

Smoking Complaints
Mrs. Mitrione said there have been twelve smoking complaints. All twelve have complied after receiving a notice. She did say that John Morrell received a warning and that The Boulevard has had two complaints. She said the complaints are received by telephone or through the State’s web site. She said a sanitarian checks the web site on a regular basis. The owner is sent a notice of complaint and they have thirty days to respond. The City has thirty days to investigate and if they are in violation they get a notice of violation.

Mayor Webster asked if the State takes action. Mrs. Mitrione replied if there is another complaint within 24 months they go through the process again, then can send a fine notice. The offender could comply. The proprietor would have ten days to come up with written objections. After the final report, the offender has fifteen days to appeal.

Rabies Vaccination Clinic
Dr. Ketring talked with Dr. Corfman and they held a rabies vaccination clinic on World Rabies Day, September 8th. Pfizer donated the vaccine. Eighty-five vaccinations were given.

Full-Time Sanitarian
Mrs. Mitrione said I am asking the board to allow me to make a part-time sanitarian a full-time employee.

There was a lot of discussion about creating the position. The board suggested coming up with a list of reasons why the Health Department needs a full-time sanitarian and present it to the Administration.

Nursing Student
Mrs. Hicks reported that she has been approached by Xavier University to mentor a student for ten weeks. It will be a fourth year student who needs experience in public health nursing. The contract is being reviewed by Mr. Schneider and the student will be involved in all aspects of public health while maintaining HIPPA requirements.

Medical Reserve Corps Training
Mrs. Hicks stated there were forty-five participants at the Medical Reserve Corps Training and twenty-five registered for the corps. We are doing follow up with people who still need to be registered. We need people who are not already working at hospitals.

Family Preparedness/Pan Flu Campaign
Mrs. Hicks said that the medical community is still watching carefully for the possibility that the avian flu could become the next pandemic flu. Mrs. Hicks said the Health Department is putting together a presentation for community groups and employees with a list of things to do to be prepared. She said they have put together the start of a preparedness kit using grant money.

Mrs. Hicks said the first shipment of flu vaccine has arrived and we expect more in the next couple of weeks. The first clinic will be held November 1 at the Community Center.

Mrs. Hicks announced that the Health Department is now offering Menactra for those under nineteen years of age.

Respectfully submitted,

Cammie Mitrione, RS
Health Commissioner