BOARD OF HEALTH MINUTES
January 8, 2009
President Doyle Webster called the Board of Health to order on January 8, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.
Attendees: Rita Hart, Lynn Jones, George Kellner, Pam Willis, Jean Hicks, Jim
Squires, Cammie Mitrione, and Mayor Doyle Webster
Absent: Dr. Ketring, Dr. Webb
The minutes of December 11, 2008 were approved.
Food Sampling Program
Mrs. Mitrione provided a summary of the revised food sampling program for 2009. Pools will no longer be tested bacteriologically as a majority of the pool sampling results were negative the past two years. Mrs. Mitrione stated the Health Department wont be sampling ice machines, also due to previous negative testing results, unless they see a reason to do so.
Community Health Assessment 2009
Mrs. Mitrione reported they had considered using Wright State University to do the follow up survey. She said she thought it was better to come up with other questions, and not such broad categories. A questionnaire is a good way to reach people and it can go in the newsletter. Mrs. Mitrione thought they would advertise the questionnaire in the April newsletter and put it in the August newsletter. She said the Community Center could e-mail residents who belong to the Community Center. Mrs. Mitrione said Hamilton County had worked with Wright State University and they were not satisfied with the results. She said Hamilton County Public Health used their epidemiologist to develop a Community Health Review for each jurisdiction in the county as their Health Assessment. Springdale has requested a Community Health Review from Hamilton County Public Health which will be provided at a very low cost of $25 and will be a part of our local health assessment final report.
HEALTH COMMISSIONERS REPORT
Adopt A Family Program
Mrs. Mitrione said the program went well and funded itself. She said even people outside Springdale joined in.
Mrs. Mitrione stated The Willows had a major water problem last weekend and some of the water was shut off. One of the news stations was there to cover it. The Willows provided pizza and water for the residents whose water was shut off last Sunday.
Know Your ABCs: Reportable Infectious Diseases
Mrs. Hicks stated a 2009 revised copy of Know Your ABCs: Reportable Infectious Diseases was given to board members. This and a letter giving the website address to access the final rules pertaining to infectious disease reporting will be sent to all Springdale physicians.
Mrs. Hicks said they can now immunize children who are underinsured with all the vaccines supplied by ODH.
Mrs. Hicks said there has been a report of three people with salmonella in Hamilton County. Ongoing investigation into the case continues at the local, state and national levels.
Mrs. Hicks reported that Childrens Hospital has seen an increase in the number of children with Pertussis. She stated if a person has pertussis, he/she can receive antibiotics and those around him/her can also receive antibiotics. Pertussis is being found in older children so those 11 or older are being given a dose of Tdap.
Mrs. Hicks reported that the local school boards can now determine which children to send for a TB test. Mrs. Hart said students in the Princeton schools from countries on the list of high risk areas must be tested. She said if they transfer from another school they have to prove that they had the test.
Mrs. Mitrione said very few residents showed up for the presentation on bedbugs at The Willows. However, she said they were able to have a long discussion with management and recommended that they get a handle on the problem.
Cammie Mitrione, Secretary