Public Health Advisory Council

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.

In April 2021, the Washington legislature passed House Bill 1152, which requires county boards of health to include non-elected members. Local boards of health could retain their composition if the local health department had a community health board established prior to Jan. 1, 2021. Clark County’s Public Health Advisory Council, which was established in 2003 by the Clark County Commissioners, meets the definition of a community health board as outlined in state statute (RCW 70.46.140). 

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  • 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.
  • A member of the Local Board of Health shall be a non-voting ex-officio member of the Council  
  • A representative from the Clark County Commission on Aging or aging community 
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Name and Representation Term Expires
Gross, Amy
Clark County Commission on Aging and aging community
9/30/25
Bowerman, Karen
Local Board of Health, Ex-Officio
No Exp.
Stickley, Michelle
Consumer of public health services
9/30/23
Brown, Sandra
Consumer of public health services
9/30/23
Blum, Elma 
Non-elected representative - City of Vancouver
9/30/24
Childers, Paul
Clark County Restaurant Association
9/30/25
Collier, Mark
Clark County septic contractors
9/30/24
Eussen, Remegius
Clark County Dental Society
9/30/23
Fairbanks, Adrianne
Doctor of veterinary medicine in Clark County
9/30/24
Fuller, Dave
CRESA
9/30/23
Carlson, Peggy
Clark County educational community
9/30/24
Santos, Andy
Clark County youth representative
9/30/23
Carter, Shona
Clark County social/human services
9/30/23
Garber, Sarah
PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center
No Exp.
Vacant
Clark County law enforcement community
9/30/22
Vacant
A nurse practicing in Clark County
9/30/22
Clary, Tyler
Clark County water utility
9/30/23
Sanger, Marla
Consumer of public health services
9/30/23
Swinger-Inskeep, Maria
Non-elected rep of Clark Co cities other than Vancouver
9/30/23
Vacant
Clark County federally recognized tribe member
9/30/23
Vacant
Medical doctor practicing in Clark County
9/30/22
Melnick, Alan
Clark County Health Officer, Ex-Officio
No Exp. 
Dekker, Heather 
Representative of Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center
No Exp. 

Meetings

Council meetings are open to the public and include an allotment of time for community input. As a courtesy to the organizers, please email Mallori Berry if you plan to attend a meeting.

When: 5:30pm-7:30pm, the fourth Tuesday 
Next meeting will be held on August 23, 2022

Where: Zoom meeting https://us06web.zoom.us/j/85063398829?pwd=bFFOeU5Bb0hMaHJ3MTRwTlpEWE1ZQT09

               

 

 

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