Public Health Advisory Board

Purpose

The Public Health Advisory Board shall serve in an advisory capacity to the Health Department in the following areas:

  1. Provide input to the local board of health in the recruitment and selection of an administrative officer, pursuant to RCW 70.05.045, and local health officer, pursuant to RCW 70.05.050;
  2. Use a health equity framework to conduct, assess, and identify the community health needs of the jurisdiction, and review and recommend public health policies and priorities for the local health jurisdiction and advisory board to address community health needs;
  3. Evaluate the impact of proposed public health policies and programs, and assure identified health needs and concerns are being met;
  4. Promote public participation in and identification of local public health needs;
  5. Provide community forums and hearings as assigned by the local board of health;
  6. Establish community task forces as assigned by the local board of health;
  7. Review and make recommendations to the local health jurisdiction and local board of health for an annual budget and fees; and
  8. Review and advise on local health jurisdiction progress in achieving performance measures and outcomes to ensure continuous quality improvement and accountability.

Meetings

  • Bimonthly on the 1st Thursday
  • See the agenda center for information on how to attend and/or participate

Members

The Public Health Advisory Board has 21 members, appointed by the County Council and includes one member from the Board of Health and one Public Health Officer. 

The current members are:

  • Barry Buchanan, Health Board ex officio
  • Dr. Greg Thompson, Health Officer ex officio
  • Steve Bennett
  • Shamika Brooks
  • Sterling Chick
  • Therese Horan
  • Lindsey Karas
  • Edna Revey
  • Les Seelye
  • Leah Wainman
  • The Public Health Advisory Board was recently expanded to 21 members and currently has 11 vacancies for individuals who meet the qualifications listed below.

Qualifications

The members of the Public Health Advisory Board must be residents of and registered voters in  Whatcom county.

Membership preference shall be given to tribal, racial, ethnic, and other minorities. The advisory board shall consist of a balance of persons with expertise, career experience, and consumer experience in areas impacting public health and with populations served by the health department, including healthcare access and quality; physical environment, including built and natural environments; social and economic sectors, including housing, basic needs, education, and employment; business and philanthropy; communities that experience health inequities; government, and; tribal communities and tribal government. The board’s composition shall include: 

  • Members with expertise and experience in the areas listed above
  • Consumers of public health services
  • Community members with lived experience in the areas listed above
  • Community stakeholders, including nonprofit organizations, the business community, and those regulated by public health

Vacancies

Term Information

  • 3-year terms, limit of 2 consecutive full terms

Authority