Riley County Health Departmant Public Health Advisory Council, February-April 2016


24 February 2016

Helen C. Estes

The Riley County Health Department Public Health Advisory Council (PHAC)

met as scheduled.

The meeting was conducted by Adam Bowen.  The 1st order of business was the (interim) Director’s Report:

  1. Hiring of new Director update: The BOH plans to re-post the position as the initial attempt yielded 26 applicants which they narrowed down to six with an actual interview of three applicants.
  2. The BOH indicated that the current WIC coordinator (also the interim director) has submitted her resignation after 20+ years in this position. She’s working with Rich Vargo in an attempt to get RCHD input into the interviewing/hiring of a new director.
  3. PHAC noted that there is no one from it’s board involved & perhaps the BOH should be approached about this omission.

There was also discussion r/t an on-going topic, binge-drinking & excessive ETOH intake as the month of March and “Fake” St. Patty’s Day is soon to happen.

The subject of “vaping” and Houkah Bars were agenda items that stimulated discussion & were addressed in conjunction with the Manhattan City Commission’s current focus on these topics.  Following discussion the PHAC agreed that vaping gives @ least second-hand aerosol exposure—it is chemicals and by-products.  It was noted that some cities are passing legislation to restrict easy access of vaping devices, cigarettes, etc.

PHAC plans to continue the discussion with other community entities including USD#383.

The meeting was adjourned @ 5:10 p.m.

The next meeting is 30 March 2016



30 March 2016

Helen C. Estes

The Riley County Health Department Public Health Advisory Council (PHAC)

met as scheduled.  RCHD Staff (& Commissioner Boyd) reported the following:

  1. (Staff)  Strategic Planning occurred on 22March2016 (all day) during which three top priorities were discussed.  Debriefing on this is scheduled for 12April2016.
  2. WIC Coordinator replacement will be filled by 18June2016.
  3. (Boyd) Director’s position remains open.
  4. (Board Member) Ranking of Riley County Health Status has been downgraded from #1 in 2015 to #16.  There was brief discussion as to why this occurred.  One staff member offered that there was an understanding that the tool being used has changed & thus the results have been impacted with the lower ranking.
  5. (Boyd) He spoke to the on-going Director’s search.  He reported there are very few qualified applicants.  He said they declined to offer the position to any of the three individuals they did interview.    He reported feeling the applicants have all lacked “leadership experience”.  He said they will do a 2nd round of searching & if it proves unsuccessful, they will likely use a commercial head-hunter search.

Chris McClead, Via Christi administration reported that they are teaming up with USD#383 to improve nutritional intake within the home.  Initially they’re working with six families instructing meal preparation for breakfast, lunch, & dinner.  Following the classes, the families take the foods home so that they actually do the food prep. in their homes.  Via Christi plans to expand this program to more schools & families during the next school year.

Chris reported that Via Christi is offering participation in the “Mercy Light” Program to three patients chosen from the Flint Hills Health Care Services.  This program is designed to facilitate weight loss while being supervised by a team of professional staff & typically involves surgical intervention as well.

Chris indicated that Via Christi continues to have difficulty attracting medical staff into the Manhattan community.  Via Christi feels there is a definite shortage of MD’s in Manhattan that is only going to increase as several current M.D. practitioners are likely to retire in the not-too-distant future.

The vaping discussion from the previous month continued.  A decision to approach the city with a request to attach a vaping ordinance.  The RCHDAC plans to write a preliminary statement to accompany this request.

The meeting was adjourned @ 4:50 p.m.

The next meeting is scheduled for 27 April 2016.



27 April 2016

Helen C. Estes

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

RCHD Staff reported the following:

  1. Report from RCBOH:
  2. Have some candidates for position of Director of RCHD. (Second interview).
  3. New coordinator for the WIC Program has been hired.
  4. Report from RCHD
  5. Staff is working on budget
  6. Staff continues on strategic planning of RCHD.
  7. Time will be planned for orienting a new director of RCHD once that individual has been hired.
  8. Have had success getting the RCHD building & Walking Trail  smoke-free.
  9. Most of RCHD staff is attending the Governor’s Conference in Wichita today.  A report will be provided @ the next RCHDAC meeting.

Adam Bowen submitted a draft of the (PHAC) concerns with regards to the need for a Vaping/Electronic Cigarette Ordinance in Riley County.  The completed statement/request was read, discussed & approved by the RCHDAC and will be sent to the Riley County Board of Health & Manhattan City Commission.  This request will include the need to make it effective in the same areas that currently prohibits smoking.

Chris McClead (Via Christi) reiterated the need for recruiting primary care physicians to Manhattan.  RCHDAC plans to invite the Manhattan Chamber and anyone else deemed important to helping to solve this issue to a future meeting.

An additional PHAC concern relates to adolescent mental health needs & the possibility of an additional building/service being planned by Katie’s Way resources.  It’s apparently identified as an emergency facility but concerns have been identified as to the actual client who will be eligible for treatment in such a facility.  PHAC hopes to identify the actual intents & directions of this plan.  A big concern expressed is how (or if) treatment of the poor, non-insured individual will be addressed.

The meeting was adjourned @ 5:00 p.m.

The next meeting is scheduled for 25 May 2016.


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