PLATTSBURGH — Clinton County Board of Health members need a dedication to help people in need but must also have a firm determination to make decisions that are best for the community as a whole.
“Our mission is to promote, protect and ensure the health and well-being of all people and to provide access to quality and affordable services,” said member Lynn Howard.
“I try to keep that in mind as something I want to strive to do.”
Howard, who has been serving on the board for more than 30 years, was a nurse at CVPH Medical Center specializing in coronary care and intensive care when she first accepted the position in 1980.
She would eventually take a position with the Advocacy and Resource Center and focus her skills on helping people with special needs, giving the Board of Directors experience in that specialty area.
“Being a nurse, I have always had an interest in the health of the community,” she said. “I see my role on the board as an opportunity to provide that help.”
MANY NATURAL LINKS
Ginny Hay recently retired from her position as an infection-control specialist at CVPH, and within a year, she accepted an open seat on the Board of Health.
“From my experience with infection control, there were many natural links to public health,” she said, noting the role both the hospital and the Health Department play regarding tuberculosis and HIV infection.
Hay’s other connection to public health was through a committee she served on that involved CVPH, Clinton County Emergency Services and the Health Department, planning emergency response for various crisis situations that could arise in the community
Dr. Jonathan Beach is one of the newest members of the Board of Health, appointed as liaison to the Clinton County Legislature.
“It was a natural choice with my background in medicine,” said Beach, the medical director of Urgicare in Plattsburgh and Emergency Services for Clinton County.