Grant County Board of Health recognized for leadership | Health
The Grant County Board of Health has been recognized on the national level for outstanding leadership and and commitment in several areas including public health priories. In August, the Board of Health will be presented with the Gold Award from the National Association of Local Boards of Health.
GCBOH was selected for the award because of their model for shared funding of public health. In Washington state, counties are required to fund local public health agencies, but cities within the county are not required to contribute.
In 2005, cities in Grant County began donating $2 for every resident to fund the Grant County Health District. In the first year this yielded $30,000 for the annual budget. Since then, contributions have continued to grow, and this year almost $89,000 of the $2 million budget was from the cities.
“This is something residents and the dedicated staff at the Grant County Health district can be proud of receiving,” said Grant County Commissioner, Richard Stevens.
GCHD attributes it's ability to respond effectively to health issues such as whooping cough outbreaks and teen pregnancy to the funds received from the cities.