October 14, 2010

President Doyle Webster called the Board of Health to order on October 14, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.

Attendees:    Rita Hart, Lynn Jones, George Kellner, Dr. Kevin Ketring, Noreen Mocsny,
Jean Hicks, Jim Squires, Cammie Mitrione, and Mayor Doyle Webster

The minutes of September 9, 2010 were approved.

FSO/RFE/Vending Licensing Fees for 2011
Mrs. Mitrione read Regulation R2-2010 establishing FSORFE/Vending licensing fees for 2011 by title only. It was the first reading.

Mrs. Mitrione stated she re-evaluated Jane Kay’s time and added $5,000 to the utilities. That brought the fees up to slightly higher than last year.

H1N1 After Action Report
Mrs. Mitrione reported this was the best funded mandate they have ever had. She said they received $75,000 from PHER 4 funding. The Health Department was inundated with phone calls. She said in hindsight they could have hired someone to answer the phones and schedule appointments. Ms. Mitrione said they were able to utilize EMS personnel from the Fire Department to help with vaccinations and she was able to pay them out of the funds.

Health Ohio Healthy Community Award
Mrs. Mitrione stated the Health Department has been involved in many activities that qualified the Health Department to earn the Healthy Ohio Healthy Community Bronze Award. Activities include submitting health related information for the newsletter, attending Falls Task Force, wellness related meetings as well as proposing a Tobacco Free City Policy, Farmers Market, brochures and participation in the student health fair.

New Health Department Brochure
Mrs. Mitrione showed the Board the new one page brochure the Health Department now uses.

Drug Take Back
Mrs. Mitrione reported the Police Department took back almost ninety pounds of prescription and over the counter drugs. The purpose was to get the drugs off the streets and keep them out of the water system.

Mammogram Van
Mrs. Mitrione reported the mammogram van will be coming back on January 27, 2011 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m..

ServSafe Classes
Mrs. Mitrione stated they have held their fourth Level 1 class and have trained up to forty-five employees. She said they had 11-12 in the last managers’ ServSafe class.

Mrs. Mocsney said they were on the ball with the food safety training.

Infectious Disease Report
Mrs. Hicks said she gets an infectious disease report from the lab. She puts information into ODRS database and follow up when needed. She said the diseases are matched up with other cases to identify the source. She said cases of Hepatitis A will see a decrease as the vaccine is being offered to children. She said pertussis should also go down with Tdap being given to middle school students. Mrs. Hicks stated that routine follow up of contagious illnesses caused by salmonella, shigella, etc. includes banning restaurant workers from handling food in restaurants until the person’s illness is completely gone.

Epicenter Alerts
Mrs. Hicks reported she receives Epicenter alerts when there are more people than usual in emergency rooms with the same illness. She said the program was originally set up to monitor terrorist activities, but now it is used to track diseases.

Flu Vaccine
Mrs. Hicks said the first flu shot clinic will be held October 19th. She said also available were glucose finger sticks and blood pressure checks. Mrs. Hicks reported that so far there are 135 people with Medicare signed up for shots from Maxim. She said Maxim will not cover those whose insurances are not taken by them. She is trying to steer people to places where their insurance will cover the vaccine. She said she hopes on Tuesday if someone’s insurance isn’t covered, that that person can get the vaccine from the Health Department. Mrs. Hicks said there are 28 people who will pay, 25 children and 60 employees scheduled. She said the Health Department purchased 200 vaccines and received 180 from the State.

Dr. Ketring asked about the timing for the shot and who would need it for free.

Mrs. Hicks replied the immunity is supposed to last for a year and those who can’t afford to pay would be eligible to get it free.

We Thrive
Mrs. Hicks said they are trying to make schools as healthy as possible next year. Schools will be required to do BMI testing in kindergarten, third, sixth and nine grades. They will have a school health advisory council made up of nurses, physical education teachers, public health nurses and people in the community.

Mrs. Mocsney provided handouts from the National Institutes of Health about meningitis, juvenile arthritis, scoliosis, and growth plate injuries. Extra copies can be picked up a the Health Department.

Respectfully submitted,

Cammie Mitrione, RS
Health Commissioner