The Hamilton County Board of Health on Thursday learned of a new project involving six north central Iowa counties. Public Health Director Shelby Kroona said the Community Care Team is a service that is offered in Hamilton, Humboldt, Calhoun, Webster, Wright and Pocahontas Counties. The service began on January 1.The Community Care Team's purpose is to help promote health visits by staff to monitor medications,medicine management, fall prevention,how to control asthma and having people come to an office visit. Funding for the care team is through the state of Iowa for a two year period. The board welcomes the new program.
There was also a discussion of the 2015 fiscal year budget at Thursday's board session. Director Kroona said the total expenditures will total $1,200,000 while revenue will be estimated at $1,300,000. The board approved the budget. There will be a discussion of salary increases at the February board meeting.
In another matter, the Hamilton County Board of Health announced plans to apply for a grant with Elderbridge Agency on Aging for a marketing program aimed at residents age 60 and over. The respite program is offered to parents and spouses in need of care with no income requirements.
Duane Hendrickson was elected chairman of the Hamilton County Board of Health for this year. Eva Powers as vice chairperson. Doug Bailey was named treasurer. The board welcomed Dr. Mark Dearden as the medical director. Dr. Dearden takes over for Dr. Mark Andrew who stepped down at the end of last month. Dearden also was a member of the Benton County Board of Health for eight years until he moved to Webster City last year.