The Public Health Advisory Council (PHAC) advises the Board of Health on:
- Improving the health of Clark County citizens.
- Promoting public participation in and identification of public health needs.
- Providing communication between the Board of Health and Clark County citizens.
Consisting of 20 unpaid community members, 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 serves as the steering committee for the Community Health Improvement Plan. Recent council priorities include researching obesity, health disparities, access to care, and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs).
How are PHAC Members Chosen?
Members are appointed by the Clark County Board of Health for three-year terms. Selections strive for racial and ethnic diversity and representation from all geographic areas of the county.
- A Clark County federally recognized tribe member
- A non-elected representative of Clark County cities and towns (other than City of Vancouver)
- A medical doctor practicing in Clark County
- A doctor of veterinary medicine practicing in Clark County
- A nurse practicing in Clark County
- A dentist practicing in Clark County
- A representative of the Clark County Restaurant Association
- A representative of the Clark County septic designers, contractors, pumpers and operations and maintenance specialist
- A representative from a Clark County water utility
- A representative of PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center
- A representative of Legacy Hospital
- A non-elected representative of the city of Vancouver
- Three Clark County consumers of public health services
- A representative from a Clark County social/human services agency
- A representative from the Clark County educational community
- A representative from the Clark County law enforcement community
- A representative from the Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency (CRESA)
- A representative from the Clark County Youth Commission, Clark County Youth or a representative of local area high schools or local area college
- The Clark County Health Officer shall be an ex-officio member of the Council.
Council meetings are open to the public and include an allotment of time for community input. As a courtesy to the organizers, please email Doreen Gunderson if you plan to attend a meeting.
When: 5:30pm-7:30pm, the second Tuesday of every even month.
Next meeting will be held on October 12th, 2021