Chapter 137 of the Code of Iowa establishes a five member local board of health to be appointed by the county Board of Supervisors with one member being a physician licensed by the state of Iowa.
Local boards of health have responsibility for public health in their jurisdiction. They support local public health vision, mission, and advocate and encourage community involvement in setting public health priorities. Their overall responsibility relate directly to the three core functions and the ten essential services of public health.
Assessment- Knowing what needs to be done
Assessment is the regular collection, analysis, interpretation and communication of information about health conditions, risks and assets in the county.
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 the community’s 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 that protect and promote public health are available and accessible to all.
Clarke County Board of Health Members – 3 year term expiration date
- Terry Jacobsen, RPh, Chair 12-31-2023
- Benjamin Hicks, MD 12-31-2021
- Terri Johnston, 12-31-2020
- Larry Keller, 12-31-2021
- Teresa Jackson, 12-31-2023
Board of Health meetings
Meetings are held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month in the Clarke County Courthouse multi-purpose room located on the east wing at 4:00 pm. Public comment is welcome with a 5 minute limit. Items of business may be placed on the agenda by the public 48 hours before the meeting by contacting the Clarke County Public Health office by phone.