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About Public Health
 Advisory councils

Public Health operates with the assistance of a variety of community coalitions, councils, groups and committees.

- Clark County Breastfeeding Coalition
- Food Safety Technical Advisory Committee
- Food System Council
- Healthy Living Collaborative of Southwest Washington
- Infectious Disease Advisory Committee
- On-site Septic Systems Technical Advisory Committee
- Public Health Advisory Council
- Public Health Ethics Committee
- Ready Families Advisory Group
- Solid Waste Advisory Commission

Clark County Breastfeeding Coalition
Community coalition dedicated to supporting and promoting breastfeeding in Clark County. Membership is open to all interested individuals and agencies. The coalition meets quarterly for networking, sharing of information about community resources and to promote public awareness and education.

For more information, contact:
Tricia Mortell, Tricia.Mortell@clark.wa.gov
Chief Operations Officer
(360) 397-8000 ext. 7211.

Food System Council
This council consists of a wide range of community members interested in the local food system. The council increases and preserves access to safe, local and healthy food for Clark County residents. The council meetings are open to the public and take place on the fourth Thursday of the month from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.  Meetings are held in Conference Rooms 210-A, B, and C at the Center for Community Health, 1601 E. Fourth Plain Blvd., Vancouver, WA.

For more information, contact:
Tricia Mortell Tricia.Mortell@clark.wa.gov
Chief Operations Officer
(360) 397-8000 ext. 7211

Food Safety Technical Advisory Committee
The Food Safety Technical Advisory Committee provides advice on policy and program direction and issues. Membership is voluntary. The committee meets quarterly at the Center for Community Health, located at 1601 E Fourth Plain Blvd., Vancouver.

For more information, contact:
Gary Bickett Gary.Bickett@clark.wa.gov
Program Manager, Food Safety and Solid Waste
(360) 397-8160

Healthy Living Collaborative of Southwest Washington
The Healthy Living Collaborative of Southwest Washington is composed of a diverse group of community partners from Clark, Cowlitz, Skamania, and Wahkiakum counties who work to reduce and prevent chronic disease and associated risk factors. We do this by promoting policy, systems, and environmental changes that create and support healthy communities. 

The Collaborative’s priority areas are:

- Active Living
- Healthy Eating
- Tobacco-Free Living
- Clinical Preventative Services

Please read our platform to learn more.

For more information, contact:
Kachina Inman, Kachina.Inman@clark.wa.gov
Program Coordinator
(360) 397-8000, ext. 8493

Infectious Disease Advisory Committee
The Infectious Disease Advisory Committee provides guidance to Public Health regarding preventing and controling communicable disease in Clark County. Members include infectious disease physicians, medical directors and practitioners of infection control, and first responders. The committee meets bi-monthly at Southwest Washington Medical Center from 12:30-1:30 p.m.

For more information, contact:
Julie Grimm, Julie.Grimm@clark.wa.gov
Administrative Assistant
(360) 397-8477

On-site Septic Systems Technical Advisory Committee
The On-site Septic Systems Technical Advisory Committee discusses on-site septic policy, current science and technology, and trends. Meetings are flexibly scheduled to accommodate professional schedules. However, they are generally held every other month on a Wednesday at 3 p.m. in the Center for Community Health located at 1601 E Fourth Plain Blvd., Vancouver. 

For more information, contact:
Joe Laxson, Joe.Laxson@clark.wa.gov
Program Manager, On-site Septic program
(360) 397-8154

Public Health Advisory Council

Video featuring the work of the Public Health Advisory Council (You will need Windows Media Player to view this video.) 

The Public Health Advisory Council advises the Board of Health on:

  • Improving the health of the citizens of Clark County.
  • Promoting public participation in and identification of public health needs.
  • Providing for communication between the Board of Health and Clark County citizens.

The council is a direct link between the Clark County Board of Health and Clark County’s residents, providing a local focus on public health. The council identifies priority public health issues, and most recently has been researching obesity, health disparities, access to care, tobacco prevention, violence prevention and methamphetamine use.

The council meets the third Tuesday of every month from 6 to 8 p.m. in the main conference room on the second floor of the Center for Community Health at 1601 E Fourth Plain Blvd., Vancouver.

For more information, contact:
Julie Grimm, Julie.Grimm@clark.wa.gov
Administrative Assistant
(360) 397-8477

Public Health Ethics Committee
Ethical considerations are important when deliberating public health issues such as:

  • How should CCPH allocate limited resources (e.g., ventilators, vaccine, etc.) during a pandemic outbreak?
  • How should CCPH avoid actual or perceived conflict of interest in working with vendors?
  • When should someone be isolated, quarantined, or even jailed to protect the health of others? 

The Public Health Ethics Committee includes a diverse group of community volunteers who meet quarterly or as needed to:

  • Provide ethical guidance to CCPH staff, management, and  community partners
  • Provide a process of open and transparent decision making
  • Review actual and potential ethical dilemmas and determine if they are appropriate for analysis
  • Facilitate and participate in ethical analyses

Ethics Committee Deliberations

Framework for Ethical Analysis

Ethics Committee Charter

For more information, contact:
Don Strick, Communications Manager
Don.strick@clark.wa.gov
(360) 397-8000, ext. 7307


Ready Families Advisory Group
Ready Families Advisory Group is one of the three strategy groups under the Program Coordination Council of SELF (Support for Early Learning in Families). Its mission is to empower families to support the health, wellness and development of their children from pregnancy through age five. In Clark County, the Ready Families’ goal is to connect families with services at the level needed by the family to:

  • Enhance community awareness about early literacy outreach.
  • Expand and integrate early developmental screening/intervention and infant mental health service provision.
  • Expand and coordinate home visiting services is an important part of Ready Families.

The Ready Family Advisory Group is an advisory board for several of the organizations who belong to the group, including:  Nurse Family Partnership, Parents as Teachers, and Universal Home Visiting Program. The distribution list is composed of organizations in Clark County that serve young children (0-5) and their families. Membership is open to any interested organization. The group meets monthly on the second Monday of the month at 3:30 p.m. at ESD 112. 

For more information, contact:

Erinn Auclair erinna@chs-wa.org
Program Manager, Children's Home Society
(360) 695-1325, ext. 4228

Solid Waste Advisory Commission
The Solid Waste Advisory Commission makes recommendations to the Board of Clark County Commissioners regarding solid waste management plans, programs and issues. Members are appointed by the board of commissioners. The commission meets the first Thursday of each month, from 6 to 9 p.m., at Clark County License and Elections, 1408 Franklin St., Vancouver. 

For more information, contact:
Anita Largent Anita.Largent@clark.wa.gov, Clark County Public Works
(360) 397-4484

 

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