VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT TO SERVE ON COUNTY HEALTH COUNCIL

VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT TO SERVE ON COUNTY HEALTH COUNCIL

Doña Ana County is seeking letters of interest from residents who would like to serve as at-large members on the county’s newly created Health Council. Four seats are available for appointment.

The at-large members on the Doña Ana County Health Council will work alongside representatives from 20 area organizations and entities, each of which has direct interests in public health issues.

County Manager Fernando Macias said the application deadline has been extended to 5 p.m. Thursday, May 20, 1999. Interested parties should send a comprehensive letter of interest, along with an updated resume to the manager’s office at 180 W. Amador Ave., Las Cruces, N.M., 88004. Macias said he is hopeful that the applicant pool will include residents from unincorporated areas of the county.

As established by the commission, the Health Council will target the following seven broad-based goals:

1. Provide the county commission with an assessment of the general health of its residents, especially in relation to communicable diseases, immunization efforts, living conditions which may affect health, and other effective elements which the council deems to be of significance.

2. Assess the capabilities of primary-care providers within the county in terms of general-service delivery, preventive care and service territory, as well as other criteria which council members deem significant.

3. Suggest changes to the funding system in use by the county through the Indigent Care Fund.

4. Analyze the Indigent Health Care Act in relation to the need for change to more effectively serve the needs of county residents and in relation to a proposed county health care plan.

5. Explore the feasibility of school-based clinics to maximize prevention delivery, assessment and Medicaid enrollment, as well as primary care.

6. Establish a safety-net plan to address needs in the areas of behavioral health and developmental disabilities.