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Phone: 409-938-2401
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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.

April 28, 2004

Archives

red diamond pic TPHA Award for District Immunization Initiatives
red diamond pic District-Wide Animal Services Summit
red diamond pic Information Technology Manager Hired
red diamond pic News Releases
   
red diamond pic 4C’s Clinic Updates
  Membership Renewal
  Dental Receptionists positions
  Title XX Grant
  Retreat for 4C's providers and supervisors
 
red diamond pic Office of Environmental Health Services Updates
  Trash Bash 2004
  Gold Ribbon Awards Ceremony
  Environmental Crimes Unit
  Beach Water Testing
   
red diamond pic Office of Community Health Programs Updates
  Our Robert Wood Johnson "Community Supports for Diabetes Self-Management"
  The Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program (BCCCP) grant
  Senior Health Coordinator
  Tuberculosis Elimination department
   
red diamond pic Office of Emergency Medical Services
  Galveston Area Ambulance Authority
  Beach Party Weekend
 
red diamond pic Operational Updates
Public Health Preparedness
  Volunteer program for seniors to participate in Homeland Security efforts
  Contracts reinstated
  Renewal for a HIV Services grant
  United Way Volunteer Program
   
TPHA Award for District Immunization Initiatives
  The Galveston County Health District received the "Thinking Progressively for Health Award" from the Texas Public Health Association (TPHA) at its meeting held April 18-20th in Houston. The award is passed each year to an agency or group that the TPHA feels has lived up to the name of the award. TPHA decided to honor the Health District because of aggressive strategies being taken in Galveston County to improve immunization rates. With innovative outreach techniques implemented by the District such as the "medical home model" of immunization delivery which promotes the delivery of immunizations within ones medical home and encourages clinical preventative healthcare. For more information, contact Susan Studebaker, Director, Community Health Programs, at 409.938.2457or by email at sstudebaker@gchd.org <mailto:sstudebaker@gchd.org>
District-Wide Animal Services Summit
  On March 30, 2004, the Galveston County Health District hosted an Animal Services Summit as a public forum in an effort to improve public relations among our public health partners and relevant stakeholders as outlined in the District's Strategic Health Plan. The purpose of the forum was to outline the Health District's plans to improve existing services within available resources and to hear community ideas and perspectives regarding the need for short-term or long-term improvements in animal services. There were fifty-seven (57) attendees who voiced their ideas and perspectives regarding animal services improvements. For more information please contact Ronnie Schultz, Director of Environmental Health Programs, at 409.938.2314 or by email at rschultz@gchd.org <mailto:rschultz@gchd.org>
Information Technology Manager Hired
  Jamie Older joined the Health District's Information Technology department on Monday, April 12, 2004 as the new IT Manager. Jamie has a BA from Sam Houston State University and has over 17 years' of experience in the Information Technology field. Since her hire date, Jamie has conducted an assessment of the Health District's computer system, presented the Executive Team with a proposal and a timeframe for improvement and received the approval from the Executive Team to move forward with the proposal. For more information, contact Kathy Barroso, Chief Financial Officer, at 409.938.2257 or by email at kbarroso@gchd.org <mailto:kbarroso@gchd.org>
 
News Releases and Press Stories For more information on any news release or press story, please contact Kurt Koopmann, Public Information Officer, at 409. 938.2211 or email kkoopman@gchd.org
  On March 30, 2004 the District conducted an "Animal Services Summit" seeking input from the community on ways to improve services provided with contracted cities. A press release (<http://www.gchd.org/press/2004/03AnimalSvc.htm>) announcing the Summit and inviting the public to attend was issued March 19th. Local newspapers received the information and printed several stories promoting the event. The Galveston Daily (GDN) News included the information along with comments from those in the community in a story published March 22, 2004 (<http://www.gchd.org/press/2004/03AnimalSvcDNews.htm>). On the day of the Summit the Galveston Daily News also ran an editorial commending the District for seeking input and urging the public to attend which can be viewed at (<http://www.gchd.org/press/2004/03AnimalSvcEditorialDNews.htm>). A story the following day in the GDN included comments from the District and also a local animal activist noting the positive ideas shared at the summit and can be viewed at (<http://www.gchd.org/press/2004/03AnimalSvcAfterDNews.htm>). Additionally a local wildlife rehabilitator submitted a Galveston Daily News Letter to the Editor praising the District for the efforts being initiated to improve animal services. The entire letter can be seen at (<http://www.gchd.org/press/2004/04AnimalSvcDNewsLtr.htm>).
  On March 26, 2004 a press release was issued announcing the 4C's Clinic appointments of Dr. Abdul-Aziz Alhassan as 4C's Medical Director and Dr. Beverly Foster as Director of 4C's Dental Services. This release was published in the Galveston Daily News and can be read at (<http://www.gchd.org/press/2004/03DirectorsAppts.htm>).
  A press release was issued March 31, 2004 promoting activities planned by the District to observe National Public Health Week. The activities promoted were the annual presentation of "Gold Ribbon Awards" to area food establishments maintaining sanitary facilities and the employee wellness fair at the Texas City Nessler Center. The wellness fair was open to employees of all member cities. The release can be viewed at (<http://www.gchd.org/press/2004/03NatHealthWk.htm>) and was published in the Texas City Sun (<http://www.gchd.org/press/2004/04NatHealthWkTCSun.htm>). The Sun also ran a follow-up story containing photos taken at the employee wellness fair (<http://www.gchd.org/press/2004/04NatHealthWkTCSunAfter.htm>).
  The presentation of "Gold Ribbon Awards" to local food service establishments received notice in the Texas City Sun on April 7, 2004. T.J. Aulds, Managing Editor of the Sun published an editorial very complimentary of the efforts put forth by the District's Consumer Health Staff. This editorial can be read at (<http://www.gchd.org/press/2004/04GldRibnEditTCSun.htm>).
  On April 21, 2004 a press release was issued promoting the offering of free immunizations to county residents during "National Infant Immunization Week" being observed the week of April 25th. The news release contained the locations where immunizations will be offered and can be viewed at (<http://www.gchd.org/press/2004/04FreeShots.htm>) along with links to additional coverage provided by local newspapers. Immunization efforts such as these came to the attention of the Texas Public Health Association which recognized the District with the "Thinking Progressively for Health" award presented at it conference recently held in Austin. A press release was issued with information on why the District was selected and can be seen at (<http://www.gchd.org/press/2004/04ImmAward.htm>).
  April 26, 2004 the Galveston Daily News published a story highlighting the efforts being made by the District to obtain an $830,000 CAP federal grant geared towards increasing access to care in Galveston County. United Board of Health member Ted Hanley, and Susan Studebaker, Director of Community Health Programs were both quoted in the story which can be found at <http://www.gchd.org/press/2004/04CapGrantDNews.htm>.
4C’s Clinic Updates
  Three Governing Board members, Thelma Logan (Chair), Brian Maxwell, and Dorothy Goodman are due for membership renewal at the June 24, 2004 Governing Board meeting. These members will be asked if they would like to continue on the Board. If they agree, their new term will expire in 2007. If one or more members cannot continue services, the United Board of Health will nominate candidate(s) to fill the vacated position(s). For more information, please contact Gay Lane, Administrative Assistant, Health Priorities, at 409.938.2297 or by email nglane@gchd.org.
  Interviews for the 2 Dental Receptionists positions have been scheduled for May 7th in Texas City Conference Room. A panel of 3 will conduct the interviews. For more information, please contact Dr. Beverly Foster, Dental Director, at 409.949.3445 or by email bfoster@gchd.org
  The 4C's clinic has applied for a Title XX grant from the Texas Department of Health. Title XX provides family planning services to women and men of reproductive age whose income is 150% or less of the federal poverty level. The District has received funding under Title XX for many years. This year the grant process is competitive. The grant was submitted on April 16, 2004. For more information contact Mike Carr, 4C's Business Manager, at 409-949-3406 or by email at mcarr@gchd.org .
  On May 5, 2004, a retreat for 4C's providers and supervisors will be held at the La Marque City Hall, from 8:00 a.m. until noon. The purpose of the retreat is to get feedback from the attendees on how to implement the Strategic Health priority on access health care services via a reengineer process. The retreat will also enhance team building among providers and 4C's supervisors. For more information, contact Pisa Lewis, Executive Assistant, at 409-938-2401 or by email at plewis@gchd.org
Office of Environmental Health Services Updates
  Trash Bash 2004 - With the help of 600 willing volunteers, eight (8) tons of trash and 56 tires were removed from the Texas City Dike in support of the annual Trash Bash event. The event of March 27 began at 8:30 am and closed at 1:00 pm with the crowds of volunteers being provided a wonderful lunch, an appreciation gift, entertainment and an environmental expo. Through hands-on educational tools and partnerships among environmental, governmental and private organizations, Trash Bash organizers provided educational opportunities promoting environmental stewardship. The Texas City Dike Trash Bash site is one of eleven (11) sites around the Houston-Galveston area that attracts thousands of volunteers eager to clean up our waterways. For more information, contact Ronnie Schultz, Office of Environmental Health Programs, at 409.938.2314 or by email at rschultz@gchd.org 
  Gold Ribbon Awards Ceremony - The Eighth Annual Galveston County Health District Gold Ribbon Awards Ceremony highlighted 56 area food establishments in 13 cities throughout the District deserving of this honor. The Honorable County Judge James Yarbrough and Dr. Mark Guidry awarded our recipients with a framed certificate acknowledging their accomplishments. For more information, contact Marty Entringer, at 409-938.2458 or by email at mentringer@gchd.org
  Environmental Crimes Unit - At the request of the Galveston County Commissioner's Court, Mr. Garret Foskit, Nuisance Abatement Officer, has been asked to assist the newly formed Galveston County Environmental Crimes Unit. The new Environmental Unit will be in a position to assist the Health District's Nuisance Abatement program in the investigation of illegal dumping and abandoned vehicles. Garret will assist in the training of the officers in Environmental crime investigative techniques, sampling techniques, safety training, and evidence gathering. For more information, contact Garret Foskit at 409.938.2311 or by email at gfoskit@gchd.org
  Beach Water Testing - The Public Health Laboratory Services Division is gearing up for the upcoming beach water-monitoring season. The laboratory analyzes all of the water samples that are collected under the General Land Office's program entitled "Texas Beach Watch." The Beach Watch program collects water samples year round from beaches along Galveston Island, Bolivar Peninsula, and the Texas City Dike. The months between May and September are considered peak beach usage periods and require weekly sampling. In all, 46 sample stations will be monitored requiring the weekly analysis of over 92 samples to be tested for the indicator bacteria, Enterococcus. An increased level of the bacteria is a possible indicator that there is a high level of fecal matter in the beach water that could lead to illness. This information will be used to assist local officials in the posting of beaches that do not meet the state bathing water standards. For more information, contact Doug Simburger, Public Health Laboratory Services at 409.938.2449 or by email at dsimburger@gchd.org
Office of Community Health Programs Updates
  Our Robert Wood Johnson "Community Supports for Diabetes Self-Management" has been refunded for the next 30 months. Particular strengths that were noted by the reviewers include: the focus and progress on access to care issues, initiation of the coach program (volunteers that are trained and take this training to their local churches, senior centers and schools), longstanding and strong partnerships with a variety of community groups and organizations, and improvement of clinic processes, e.g., "goal patrol". Twenty-one (21) Health Coaches were recruited and training has been held in Galveston, Texas City, and Crystal Beach. Community classes are scheduled to begin in May. For more information, please contact Susan Studebaker, Director, Community Health Programs, at 409.938.2257 or by email at sstudebaker@gchd.org
  On April 16, 2004, the Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program (BCCCP) grant was submitted to the Texas Department of Health in the amount of $62,510. If approved, the funding will be used for mammograms, cervical cancer screening and follow up testing. For more information, please contact Susan Studebaker, Director, Community Health Programs, at 409.938.2257 or by email at sstudebaker@gchd.org
  The Senior Health Coordinator has been participating in community activities this month. Letters were sent to 300 Senior Corps member alerting them to the possible scams with false Medicare drug cards, explaining the enrolment process in the real Medicare drug cards in May and listing the pharmacy companies who now offer free discount drug cards. For more information, please contact Charles Kelly, Senior Outreach Coordinator, at 409.938.2293 or by email at ckelly@gchd.org
  Staff from the Tuberculosis Elimination department toured the Beaumont Health Department' s TB Clinic in an effort to explore different models of providing Chest Clinic services. The goal is to strengthen the public health focus of the TB program by changing clinic sites, lab handling, pharmacy, registration, and assessing the potential of billing Medicaid. For more information, please contact Susan Studebaker, Director of Community Health Programs at 409.938-2457 or by email at sstudebaker@gchd.org
Office of Emergency Medical Services
  Galveston Area Ambulance Authority completed March with 807 emergency medical calls and 240 non-emergency transports. This March was the third busiest month of March in the history of GAAA. GAAA remains 300 emergency calls above last year at the same time.
  Beach Party Weekend's "mass gathering" response went as planned. GAAA used Bike Team Response and one Tactical EMS Unit to negotiate the traffic problems and keep response times near normal. Saturday was the busiest day of the three with 64 calls (this is about 15 calls above the average). Sunday was so calm that the specialty EMS teams were shut down early. The smaller crowd kept emergency calls below the usual for Beach Party. There were no fatalities or critical injuries. For more information, please contact Greg Kunkel, Chief of Operations at gkunkel@gchd.org, or
at 409.621-3141
Operational Updates
  During the month of April, Public Health Preparedness staff had met with various partners across the county (i.e. Friendswood ISD officials, representative from Mainland Medical Center, Shriner's Hospital, UTMB, etc.) to discuss topics such as having a facility as a dispensing site for Strategic National Stockpile to coordinating the newly formed Galveston County Medical Response Collaborative. Staff had also attended Forensic Epidemiology training, provided an overview of the Health District preparedness actives and served on a BioWatch panel at the Texas Public Health Association Conference held in Houston. For more information, contact Brian Rutherford, Public Health Planner, at 409.938.2275 or by email at brutherford@gchd.org.
  On April 23rd, in coordination with the Senior Health coordinator, the Health District applied for a Federal grant to establish a volunteer program for seniors to participate in Homeland Security efforts. For more information, contact Brian Rutherford, Public Health Planner, at (409) 938-2275 or by email at brutherford@gchd.org 
  Contracts with several vendors and providers were reinstated this month: Gulf Coast Center for patient transportation; DePasqual Inc for pharmacy services; and provider contracts with all the part-time Dentist and two "Ready Providers". For more information, please contact Jay Holland, Chief Operating Officer, at 409-938-2401 or by email at jholland@gchd.org , or Pam Jahnke, Strategic Health Evaluator, at 409.938.2256. or by email at pjahnke@gchd.org
  A renewal for a HIV Services grant in the amount of $101,000 was submitted to TDH. A subcontract, under a TDH HOPWA grant, was signed with ACCT to provide HIV/AIDS income eligible clients with their rent and utilities until there is no longer a need or they secure other housing and for emergency assistance that is short term to help prevent homelessness. For more information please contact Anne McMorris, HIV Administration, at at 409.763.2532 or by email at amcmoriss@gchd.org
  Budget for the United Way Volunteer Program has been approved by the United Board of Health. A contract has been initiated with former employee, Shirley Carr, RN, who retired in early 2004. Shirley Carr will serve as the Volunteer Coordinator on a part time basis. Gay Lane will serve as the Administrative Assistant in the Office of Volunteer Coordination and assist with other health care priorities while Pisa Lewis has assumed the position of Executive Assistant. For more information, contact Harlan "Mark" Guidry, M.D., M.P.H., Chief Executive Officer, at 409-938-2401 or by email at mguidry@gchd.org