Mills County Board of Health
In 1967 Chapter 137 of the Code of Iowa marked the beginning of a new era of public health in Iowa. Each county was required to establish a five member local board of health with one member being a physician licensed by the state of Iowa. The county board of supervisors would appoint additional members to the local board.
Local boards of health have responsibility for public health in their jurisdiction. They support local public health vision, mission, and advocacy and encourage community involvement in setting public health priorities. Their overall responsibilities relate directly to the three core public health functions and the ten essential services of public health.
Assessment--knowing what needs to be done
Regular collection, analysis, interpretation, and communication of information about health conditions, risks and assets in a community. Mills County, under the leadership of the local board of health, recently identified health problems, resources, and needs by completing the Mills County Community Health Assessment.
Policy Development--being part of the solution
Local boards of health are working to increase collaboration, promoting of shared responsibility for problem solving. Policy development can support public health and help meet community needs.
Assurance--doing what needs to be done, or making sure it happens
A primary responsibility of local boards of health is to assure that private and public services to protect and promote public health are available and accessible to all.
Click on this link to view Mills County Public Health's Essential Public Health Services Table
Serving on a local board of health is an honorable and noteworthy task. The success of public health in meeting the challenges of the new millennium will depend on capable and dedicated leadership by the local board of health.
MILLS COUNTY BOARD OF HEALTH MEMBERSHIP:
- Janet Wade, O.D., Chairman
- Ron Silvius, D.O., Vice-Chair & Board of Health Physician
- Darcy Butts
- Kate Murphy
- Barbara Farmer, R.N.