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La Marque, TX 77568
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Phone: 409-938-2401
Fax:
409-938-2243
 
The Executive Report is a monthly summary of key activities and significant happenings in the Health District overall.  This summary of activities and/or happenings may involve: one of many different public health programs, the Galveston Area Ambulance Authority (GAAA), the 4C's federally-funded community health clinics (CHC's), and/or collaborate efforts among community health partners. 

If you have any questions or comments, please contact:
Pisa Lewis
, Executive Assistant, at 409 938-2401, by email:plewis@gchd.org; or
Kurt Koopmann
, Public Information Officer, at 409-938-2211, by email:kkoopman@gchd.org.

March 27, 2003 

Archives

     National Children's Dental Health Month
    Change in State Rules on Animal Rabies Vaccination Frequency
    EMS Activities
    Galveston Area Ambulance Authority
    Governing Board Steering Committee on Call Complaints
    Federal 4C's Grant Notification
    4C's Town Hall Meeting
    Hiring Freeze
    New Board of Health Orientation
    Governing Board and Board of Health's Website
    Legislative Proposals
    Other News

National Children's Dental Health Month
February was National Children's Dental Health Month. The dental department made five oral health presentations in area elementary schools. Also, a coloring contest was held for the 4 C's pediatric dental patients. Eleven children received electric toothbrushes as a prize. The entire dental staff attended a seminar on infection control at the Greater Houston Dental Society meeting on February 14, 2003. In February, 347 patients were seen in the Texas City Clinic and 244 patients were seen in the Galveston clinic. For more information contact Lisa Jacob, DDS, Dental Director, at ljacob@gchd.org or call (409) 949-3445.

Change in State Rules on Animal Rabies Vaccination Frequency
On February 27, 2003, the Texas Board of Health approved amendments to Texas Administrative Code, Rabies Control and Eradication. The major impact of the amendments pertains to rabies vaccination requirements for dogs and cats in Texas. In summary, the prior requirement for dogs and cats to have annual rabies shots has been changed such that some animals with prior vaccinations will only need revaccination every three years. For more information contact Marty Entringer, Director of Environmental and Consumer Health, at mentringer@gchd.org or call (409) 938-2458.

EMS Activities
In March three members of Galveston EMS trained to the technician level in Weapons of Mass Destruction HAZ-MAT at the Center for Domestic Preparedness in Alabama. On February 15, EMS senior supervisor, Thomas Leigh, participated in the Carver Park Health Fair to educate participants on first aid, bike safety and EMS activities. March 13, EMS participated in UTMB's 7th annual Health Fair and Fun Run. More than 100 first aid cards, 911 stickers, 911 coloring books, Bike Safety coloring books, pencils and refrigerator magnets. Of all the items given out for public education and awareness, the 911 medical information cards were very popular and can be invaluable in providing medics with pertinent medical information when they arrive on location. For more information contact Greg Kunkel, EMS Chief, at gkunkel@gchd.org or call (409) 621-3141.

Galveston Area Ambulance Authority
An interlocal agreement between the City of Galveston and the Galveston County Health District DBA Galveston Area Ambulance Authority for the provision of emergency medical and transport services will be renewed for the period March 1, 2003 through September 30, 2003. This is an extension of a contact that ended February 2003 and the term of the contract is designed to coincide with the fiscal year. Additional one year extensions are forthcoming as there is no expectation that this contract will be terminated by either party in the foreseeable future. For more information contact Jay Holland, Chief Operating Officer, at jholland@gchd.org or call (409) 938-2260.

Steering Committee on Call Complaints
On February 27, several Governing Board members voiced concerns about difficulty making appointments to see providers in the clinics. As a result, the Executive Team formed a Steering Committee on Call Complaints and designated the Medical Director as the executive sponsor. The Steering Committee is comprised of district staff representing involved areas of concern and the executive sponsor will seek the participation and/or input of GB members. A full report of the Committee will be given at the March 27, 2003 GB meeting. For more information contact Umair Shah, MD, MPH, Medical Director, at ushah@gchd.org or call (409) 949-3406.

Federal 4C's Grant Notification
On March 11 the clinic received the Notice of Grant Award from HRSA for the grant year beginning April 1, 2003. The amount of funding remains stable at $1,530,750.00 for the time period April 1, 2003 to March 31, 2004. This represents the fourth year of a five year project period award. For more information contact Jay Holland, Chief Operating Officer, at jholland@gchd.org or call (409) 938-2260.

 4C's Town Hall Meeting
Based on a Clinic Leadership Team initiative to improve clinic communications and manage change, the Executive and Clinic Leadership Teams held a town hall meeting on March 12 at the Nessler Center in Texas City. Executive staff discussed vision, expectations, history, salary adjustments and addressed several employee questions. Many employee questions were submitted on cue cards which were responded to in writing within 2 weeks. Many employees expressed appreciation for this method of communicating information and changes in the department. The executive team plans additional town hall meetings for other areas of the District. For more information contact Kurt Koopmann, Public Information Officer, at kkoopman@gchd.org or call (409) 938-2111.

Hiring Freeze
Effective March 18, 2003 the District implemented a hiring freeze based on existing financial projections and proposed state budget cuts. A process was developed such that managers may request the consideration of exceptions. Criteria were developed that will be used to review request for exceptions. For more information contact Kathrine Hall, Human Resources Director, at khall@gchd.org or call (409) 938-2230.

New Board of Health Orientation
On Friday, March 21 district staff had an orientation program for new members of the United Board of Health. http://www.texascitysun.com/report.lasso?WCD=2273 The new members received a notebook of reference materials including the history of the Health District and the state and local regulations about its structure and function. Following a review of the orientation notebook, new members and staff boarded a van to tour district facilities in Galveston, Texas City and LaMarque. The members remarked that the tour was an excellent way to see and learn about the services provided by the District. For more information contact Gay Lane, Administrative Officer, at glane@gchd.org or call (409) 938-2401

Governing Board and Board of Health's Website
The Boards' website is being developed not only to inform the public about board activities and members but to be used as a resource for the board members as well. Board members can check meeting times/places, agendas, meeting minutes and access other members' contact information. Sam Trout, Web Manager, asks that you submit a short bio or CV, pictures would be good as well. Board members may email their bio or CV to webmaster@gchd.org . For more information contact Sam Trout, Web Manager, at webmaster@gchd.org or call (409) 938-2222.

Legislative Proposals
On March 24 District staff presented a summary of current state proposed budget cuts to the Commissioners' Court gchd.org/press/2003/03LEGISLATIVE PROPOSAL.pdf The proposals outline the potential impact to Galveston County public health programs and the potential impact to the district clinic as well as other health care organizations as a result of proposed changes in health care financing programs such as Medicaid and CHIP. See the story in the Galveston Daily News at http://www.galvnews.com/story.lasso?wcd=8862 For more information contact Kurt Koopmann, Public Information Officer, at kkoopman@gchd.org or call (409) 938-2111.

Other News
Susan Studebaker, Director of Clinical Services has been approved to take a leave of absence from April 16 through June 22. In her absence, her responsibilities will be managed by executive management and members of the Clinic Leadership Team. For more information contact Mark Guidry, MD, MPH, at mguidry@gchd.org or call (409) 938-2401.