New CCHD Board of Health Chair and Vice Chair
The Cascade City-County Health Department (CCHD) announces a new Cascade City-County Board of Health Chair and Vice Chair for the 2015 Calendar year.
Sue Anne Warren, the City Representative, has served on the Board of Health (BOH) since December 31, 2009 and was the Vice-Chair for 2014. She brings a wealth of knowledge from her position as Director of Nursing for Senior Services at Benefis Health System and will begin her term as the BOH Chair in January 2015. Ms. Warren replaces County Commissioner Jane Weber, who will continue sitting on the BOH in a member capacity. City Commissioner Bill Bronson began his term on the BOH in January 2012 and will serve as the new Vice-Chair.
“The Board of Health plays a pivotal role in the administration of policy affecting the standards for public health reporting of environmental services, communicable disease, as well as disaster preparedness for the City of Great Falls and Cascade County. It is an honor to serve as Chair of the Board of Directors,” said incoming BOH Chair, Sue Anne Warren.
Outgoing Chair, County Commissioner Jane Weber, said “Sue’s exceptional leadership skills and medical experience will further the Board of Health’s work in keeping our community healthy. I look forward to continuing to work with Sue.”
Other Board of Health membership remains the same and includes the following:
- Matt Martin, DDS (4th District Dental Society Representative)
- Tammy Lacey (School District #1 Representative)
- Ryan Burke (County Representative)
- Ray Geyer, DO (County Medical Society Representative)
- Tanya Houston, Secretary (Health Officer)
Montana is one of 28 states with a decentralized public health governance system, meaning that local public health departments are led by local government employees, and local government retains authority over many decisions. Montana Statute outlines the roles and responsibilities of local boards of health and explains where their statutory authority lies. According to Montana DPHHS, local boards of health are responsible for assessing the health needs of their communities, developing policies and programs to meet those needs, and assuring personnel and resources are available to meet the community’s public health priorities.
The Cascade City-County Board of Health meets on the first Wednesday of every month at the City-County Health Department and is open to the public. For more information, click here.