Our Health Department for Antrim County has again been mixing politics with health (mindfulness training/positive behavioral training for schools). Read the Proposed Resolution below:
RESOLUTION OF: Jan. 28, 2023
RURAL CAUCUS, MICHIGAN DEMOCRATIC PARTY
(or YOUR COUNTY PARTY’S NAME HERE)
COUNTY & REGIONAL BOARDS OF HEALTH, MEMBERSHIP ELIGIBILITY AND CREDENTIALS
WHEREAS: The State of Michigan has long advocated public health measures and supported reasonable, science-based laws, rules and public health codes (Ref 1), and
WHEREAS: Recent, ongoing and serious pandemic, substance abuse and mental health problems, for example, have highlighted the need to support said public health efforts, public health professionals and public health departments in Michigan, and
WHEREAS: Many of the above-described public health departments and professionals have come under unjust criticism for doing (their) the jobs required of they by public health law and science-based recommendations, (Ref 4) and
WHEREAS: Rural Counties in Michigan have witnessed the abuse, threats, intimidation and loss of critical health care and public health professionals because the local board of health has been politicized, (Ref 4) and
WHEREAS: Many Rural Health Departments are regional in nature and are overseeing several (2 or more) lower, non-urban population counties, and are overseen only by elected and partisan officials (County Boards of Commissioners) who lack any public health and or medical expertise, and
WHEREAS: Some states — Indiana, for example — forbid boards of health from being dominated by members of only one political party (Ref 2), and
WHEREAS: Many states – Ohio, Iowa, Wisconsin, Georgia, Massachusetts, and Colorado, for example – clearly establish eligibility to serve on a local board of health on the basis of professional training and licensing, established technical ability, and comprehension of the mission of the field of public health, (Ref 3) and
WHEREAS: Michigan's Public Health Code fails to clearly define appropriate eligibility, credentials, or competencies to serve the public health as a member of the local board of health, and
WHEREAS: The lack of clearly defined competencies and credentials for local board of health members in Michigan puts communities at risk from communicable diseases, environmental toxins, and violations of water, sanitation and other technical applications of public health science and law, and
WHEREAS: Politicization of local boards of health is a preventable threat to the fundamental charge of government to protect the people.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: The relevant elements of the Michigan Public Health Code (1978) be amended to include clear requirements, expectations, competencies, credentials and other elements of eligibility to serve as a member of a local board of health that meet criteria of scientific, best-practices of the field of public health
Ref 1 Michigan Public Health Code (Excerpt) Act 368 of 1978
Part 24 Local Health Departments
Ref 2: Indiana IC 16-20-2-4Composition of board
Sec. 4. A local board of health is composed of seven (7) members, not more than four (4) of whom may be from the same political party.
[Pre-1993 Recodification Citation: 16-1-3.8-3.]
As added by P.L.2-1993, SEC.3.
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