COUNTY HEALTH SERVICES DIRECTOR NAMED TO NATIONAL STEERING COMMITTEE

COUNTY HEALTH SERVICES DIRECTOR NAMED TO NATIONAL STEERING COMMITTEE

Silvia Sierra, director of the Doña Ana County Health Services Department, has been appointed as a member of the National Association of Counties Health Steering Committee.

NACo President Kenneth A. Mayfield said the committee to which Sierra has been appointed makes regular recommendations on legislative policies and goals that go before the NACo membership. Recommendations that receive membership approval become part of the American County Platform, which is the basis for NACo’s efforts in representing counties before Congress and the White House.

The Health Steering Committee focuses on health-care delivery, indigent-care financing, MediCaid, MediCare, long-term care, mental health, substance abuse, developmental disabilities, health care for the uninsured and various other local, public-health programs.

Sierra will be one of about 60 members nationwide invited to provide input for NACo positions related to health care at the county level. The next meeting of the full committee will be held Feb. 28 to March 4, 2003, at the NACo Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C.

“As a representative of a border county,” Sierra said, “I believe I can bring to the committee a unique view of the extraordinary challenges facing border communities in the realm of health care. I am hopeful and confident that serving on this national committee will provide a forum by which the needs of border counties can be heard and addressed at the highest levels.”

The NACo Health Steering Committee is one of 11 steering committees that form the policy-making arm of the association.

For more information, call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (505) 647-7229. Residents calling from outside the Las Cruces area may call toll-free at 1-877-827-7200 and request extension 7229.