RILEY COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT PUBLIC HEALTH ADVISORY COUNCIL, May/June 2015

Observer: Helen C. Estes

RILEY COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT PUBLIC HEALTH ADVISORY COUNCIL

May 27, 2015
Observer:Helen C. Estes

The Riley County Health Department Public Health Advisory Council (PHAC) met as scheduled.

RCHD Director, Brenda Nickel reported the following:
Thank you to Ginny Barnard & Adam Bowen (representatives from PHAC) for feedback/guidance r/t to the department budget prior to the actual presentation for the Riley County Commissioners.
Update on CHIP (Community Health Improvement Plan). Currently in the process of forming a task force composed of several community people including those involved since the beginning of this process. The task will include narrowing the 13 areas of concern down to the most important 6 health priorities. Following this, there will be identification of existing community resources that already work toward meeting these goals so that there will not be duplication of services. The remaining goals will then be addressed with specific planning & direction.
The Riley County Health Department (RCHD) will initiate an all staff
inservice the following day (28May 2015). The focus of the day: ‘How To Respond To Infectious Diseases’. This topic is important as the RCHD will soon be involved with a grant from the federal government r/t ebola & other infectious diseases.
An accreditation team will provide an inservice for the staff. The focus will be on standards & the accreditation process.

A move is planned so that all children’s services will be moved upstairs as a temporary location. This allows Emergency Services of Riley County to use the ground floor as their temporary home.
Quality Improvement involves looking at how to align the early childhood services and provide the best services possible.

Adam Bowen submitted a working draft of the (Advisory Board) position statement on binge drinking in Riley County. Discussion and suggestions were provided in order that Adam can refine a final document for RCHDAC’s June, 2015 meeting. Once approved, the completed statement will be presented to the Riley County Board of Health.

Prior to adjourning, the CHIP process was mentioned as an ongoing priority that is to be addressed in the June meeting.

The next meeting is scheduled for 24June2015.

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June 24, 2015

Observer: Helen Estes

The Riley County Health Department Public Health Advisory Council (PHAC) met as scheduled.

The following was reported by RCHD staff as Brenda Nickel was absent from the meeting:
The initial information related to numerous budgetary decreases that the department will need to accommodate. This includes a 10% cut in local funding from KDHE that will not change in 2016. The Maternal-Child Health Program was notified by the federal gov’t. that funding formula will be changed. Children’s health services and Family planning services are currently looking for money. Medical development funding is currently stable.

Update on CHIP (Community Health Improvement Plan). There is an effort to narrow the 13 areas of concern down to the most important 6 health priorities. Following this, there will be identification of existing community resources that already work toward meeting these goals so that there will not be duplication of services. The remaining goals will then be addressed with specific planning & direction.

The timeframe has been adjusted until August, 2015 with specific objectives to be available  September 1, 2015.

Adam Bowen submitted a final draft of the (Advisory Board) position statement on binge drinking in Riley County. Discussion and suggestions were made so that Adam can refine the final document. He will email the completed document to each RCHDAC member. Once approved, the completed statement will be presented to the Riley County Board of Health within the next two weeks.

Prior to adjourning, Chris McClead reported on construction projects @ the local Via Christi Health Center.
The next meeting is scheduled for 22July2015.

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