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Board of health welcomes Vandenbark as new director PDF Print E-mail
Written by Holyoke Enterprise   

During their Feb. 23 board of health meeting, board members were notified Carmen Vandenbark has been appointed as the Northeast Colorado Health Department’s (NCHD) new environmental health director.

Vandenbark had been serving as the interim director since December, when the position was vacated by former director, Julie McCaleb.

According to John Crosthwait, NCHD’s public health administrator, Vandenbark brings a wealth of knowledge to the position, as she began working for the agency in 1992 as an environmental health representative and served as the consumer protection coordinator for the past five years.

“Carmen has a lot of experience and is very well versed in food safety and onsite wastewater systems,” said Crosthwait. “In addition to that knowledge, she also understands the economic impacts and the balance of regulatory factors of our agrarian industries and small business. I am confident she will serve this agency very well as our new environmental health director.”

Board members also learned the agency had been awarded a $5,000 oral health planning grant from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. According to Trish McClain, NCHD’s director of client health services, the grant is intended to help plan for the implementation of a school-based dental sealant program in Logan and Morgan counties.

As part of that planning process, NCHD will be meeting with schools to assess the feasibility of implementing the program in the next school year. If the planning process reveals an interest and logistics can be met, NCHD will proceed with writing an implementation grant in August.

In other business the board:

—accepted the January financials.

—presented a proposal for an employee tuition reimbursement proposal. After questions and discussion from the board, members of management decided to take the proposal back to staff for further input and bring suggestions and/or revisions back to the board next month for final approval.

—received a presentation from Tammy Hort, NCHD’s communicable disease nurse, on the agency’s communicable disease program.

—voted to add Vandenbark as a designated check signer for the agency.

—voted to approve NCHD’s new chain-of-command succession policy which reflects recent changes in staffing.