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August 20, 2013

Board of Health busy behind the scenes

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Tom Everett owns an orchard in the county, and Ed Garrow is a local contractor who lends expertise in technical aspects of such health-related issues as properly installing septic systems.

Dr. Victor Ludwig (gastroenterology) acts as board president, while Dr. Heidi Moore (pediatrics) and Dr. Richard Lacki (family practice) also serve. 

County Legislator Dr. Jonathan Beach (Area 2, Altona) is the liaison to the Clinton County Legislature and chairman of that body’s Health Committee.

“This group of people is tremendously helpful,” Reid said. “They are energized, dedicated, and all have ties with the community. 

“It’s a nicely balanced group.”

SOUNDING BOARD

The board acts as a sounding board and source of guidance for Reid and her staff.

“Anything could become an issue,” she said. “New developments in public-health service, current trends happening locally and across the nation. We look to them for guidance: Is this the direction we should be going? Should we be doing anything differently?”

Whenever new regulatory requirements surface, the Health Department goes to the Board of Health for its approval and for recommendations in how to best go forward. The board is also involved in any regulatory enforcement problems that may arise.

“When the State Health Department is looking at doing something new across the state, we bring it to the local board for their input,” Reid said. “They provide us with valuable information on what potential impact (new regulations) may have on the community.”

OPEN MEETINGS

Health Department staff members also attend meetings with the Board of Health to provide updates on special programs and services being offered in Clinton County.

Beach also plays a special role in passing information from the Health Department to the County Legislature and the county administrator, Reid added.

“If people have questions (about health-related issues), they will often call their legislator,” she said. “It’s important that the legislature knows who to call.”

Board of Health meetings are held a minimum of eight times yearly. All are open to the public.

The Clinton County Board of Health was first organized on Jan. 6, 1954, with area physicians Dr. William Ladue, Dr. Philip Barton, Dr. Gilbert Ganong and Dr. Harold Singer providing medical expertise to that initial body.

Other initial members were area veterinarian Walter Gilroy, Bruce McGregor, Anthime Latourelle and Leonard Gadway.

Email Jeff Meyers:jmeyers@pressrepublican.com

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