Washington State Public Health Association
Board of Director Meeting Minutes
DOH, Kent office
January 11, 2008
Attendees: Wendy Doescher, Brigitte French (via phone), Nancy Goodloe, Larry Jecha, Christina Johnson Conley, Kim Thorburn (via phone),
Jennifer Polello, Rick Mockler, Gail Greenwood, Julie West, Beth Glynn, Karen Valenzuela, Kathy Kondakjian
Agenda Item Discussion Action Taken Follow Up
Call To Order/ The meeting was called to order at 10:05 by Introductions by Board None None
Introductions President Nancy Goodloe. members
Agenda Approval Reviewed proposed agenda Approved as presented None None
Minutes December minutes were presented for Motion passed without None None
approval. Several members commented on dissent to approve the Dec
liking the new format. 2007 minutes as written.
Treasurer’s No report None None None
Updates & Kellogg Grant Activity update: Nancy Goodloe None Nancy discussed that Nancy Goodloe
Announcements recently participated in the quarterly Grant she/ED will set up a
Manager call. Reporting procedures and grant tracking system to verify
manager expectations were discussed. An grant tasks are
Annual Report will be due at the end of Oct. accomplished. She will
each year that includes a financial summary, check in with legislators
what has been done relative to the tasks listed whose name was given to
in the proposal, and comments on how the APHA as part of their
work is going. evaluation activities.
CWU Journal Contract: Nancy reported that a None None None
signed contract went to Kathy
Membership & JCH Update: Kathy reported Discussed ways that the Kathy will send the Board WSPHA Board
current membership at 440. Board can assist in increasing membership lists for their members
A tentative JCH planning meeting has been renewals regions and draft letters
scheduled for Feb 1st. Rick is still working to that could accompany
resolve some of the financial issues re: last emails that encourage
year’s conference with WSEHA. Kathy is also individuals to renew.
in discussion with Marnie Boardman (DOH)
about the 1 day training, prior to the
conference, on EH standards/ assessment.
DOH would be able to pay for some of the
training participants’ conference costs.
Marketing of this opportunity will be increased
Julie indicated that the IHC is meeting Sat, Jan
19th to discuss Silent Auction plans for the
WSPHA Newsletter Publisher: Nancy Brigitte asked about having a None WSPHA Board
reminded the Board of the deadline for newsletter section on military members
submissions to the next newsletter and health (Brigitte would be the
encouraged those still sending in information writer) - the Board decided
to get it to Karen. this is a good addition to the
Committee Public Health Roundtable: Rick Mockler None None None
Reports indicted that WSALPHO will not ask for
funding during the upcoming session and
roundtable agrees with these plans. There will
likely be several pieces of legislation though to
track and comment on this session (i.e.
smoking in cars with children, possible WA
Restaurant Assn bill). John Weisman is
chairing a WSALHO subcommittee on PH
funding - preparing for the 2009 session. The
message this year is that PH is implementing
4410 funding but that the crisis has not been
Discussion/ Executive Director update: Nancy Goodloe The Board voted Contract negotiations Nancy Goodloe,
Business indicated that the committee (Nancy, Jeff unanimously to proceed with Kim Thorburn,
Mero, Karen Valenzuela, Kim Thorburn, Rick contract negotiations with Jeff Mero, and
Mockler, Elaine Engle, Ron Snyder, and Lisa Desmond Skubi Rick Mockler
Jackson) recommend Desmond Skubi for the
Policy Format discussion: Beth reviewed draft Future discussion on what Continue review of Beth Glynn;
policies on the policy resolution process and happens to the resolutions policies and submit edits WSPHA Board
endorsements. Several of the actions from last after it passes (are they sent to Beth. Beth to make members
year were included (i.e. assessment and out to the membership, edits recommended by the
endorsement levels for resolutins and a consent should there be add’l follow- Board and review
agenda). The group discussed if the process up) previous WSPHA
adopting resolutions should be changed (such endorsement and voting
as Board-only voting, online voting, ballot documents for
voting). Rick M. indicated that WSPHA is a consistency and send out
grass-roots organization and members need to an updated version.
have a voice –voting is one way to provide
this. The Board and committee need to
consider how to further engage members and
get feedback before the annual business
meeting so that members who are not there to
vote have been involved in the process.
Additional consideration though is needed on
how to get more votes and that voting is
The group also discussed the endorsement
criteria and the need to rely on WSPHA
resolutions as a guide as well as be able to
respond quickly if needed through a Board
email vote. It would be helpful to have a
document that indicates what WSPHA has
endorsed… similar to the tracking sheet of
Committee Structure 2008: The updated list of None None None
committees and Board participants was
Conflict of Interest policy: Nancy Goodloe The Board voted Kathy to send form to Kathy
indicated that conflict of interest forms and unanimously to adopt the members to sign and Kondakjian;
Board job descriptions were discussed at a conflict of interest policy return by March meeting. WSPHA Board
recent APHA meeting. APHA’s forms were (along with the amended members
provided. The group discussed Elaine’s process language “if president has a
suggestions when the conflict involves the conflict of interest, then the
president, and Arlene’s request to expand the arbiter is the president elect”).
conflict issues to include more than financial The Board will review at a
conflicts. later time if an amendment is
needed re: expanding the
conflict of interest issues.
Board Job Description document: see conflict None Karen to check Karen
of interest discussion. The Board indicated that consistency with WSPHA Valenzuela
this would be good to have – some of the by-laws and on adding
description/items are included in other Board general
documents (by laws) and would need to be expectations - report in
consistent with these. March
APHA Joint Membership Pilot Project: Nancy The board voted unanimously Nancy will follow up with Nancy Goodloe
Goodloe indicated that if WSPHA was for Nancy to let APHA know APHA.
interested in this project, she would need to let that WSPHA would like to be
APHA know by the next day. Pilot affiliates considered for participation in *Questions will also be
already chosen include Mass PHA and CA- the pilot project. followed- up with by
North. Board members indicated that it seemed Nancy.
to be a good way to get more members since
APHA membership for WA was much greater
(~600) than WSPHA’s and there is very little
overlap. There is some concern at the cost and
that some individuals may not choose the dual
option because of this. Student dual
membership would provide add’l income since
WSPHA currently does not charge students to
be members. *Other comments/questions
included: is option to join WSPHA still a
category for affiliates during the pilot, how
would future APHA rate changes affect
WSPHA, how long is pilot, transferring of
funds from APHA.
Other Items WSPHA, WSALPHO, and DOH Several documents prepared Websites for these reports Rick Mockler,
roles/missions: With a new ED and new Board as part of the 4410 work last and presentations will be Christina
members, the group discussed the different year would be helpful as an emailed Johnson Conley
roles and missions of these organizations. overview and review
National Public Health Week: NPHW is the 1st Board members were None WSPHA Board
week of April and is focused on climate encouraged to visit/write/ etc. members
change. The Board discussed ideas of what their city council and request
could be done in WA (support LHJ events, signing on to the US Mayors
contact Comcast for interview, save money Climate Protection
budgeted for NPHW to assist with 2009 Agreement (or thank those
activities, contact local cities about signing on cities that have signed on).
to US Mayors Climate Protection Agreement). The Board agreed on the need
The Board discussed the need to keep PH in to start a 2009 NPHW
front of the public, increase visibility. subcommittee.
Update on Arlene Joe: During the meeting Kim None Nancy will follow-up Nancy Goodloe
Thorburn received an email from Arlene Joe with Arlene to thank her
that she is resigning from the Board due to for all of the time and
other obligations; she offered to continue assistance she has
assisting with the PhotoTake issue and provide provided to the Board and
other legal pro bono services to the association. discuss next steps.
Membership: After hearing Arlene’s letter, the None None None
Board briefly talked about the Membership
Committee, chaired successfully by Arlene
over the last year. Gail Greenwood indicated
that she could take on this role.
Next meeting is February 15, 2008, 10:00-12:00pm, Conference call.
Meeting adjourned at 1:20 pm.
Julie West (on behalf of Elaine Engle, WSPHA Secretary)