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Public Health Department looks to cut $50,000 from budget

Aug 24, 2017

By Grace King, Mt. Pleasant News

 

The Henry County Public Health Department is cutting their budget $51,000 this fiscal year due to a Henry County Health Center (HCHC) mandate.

HCHC is requiring every department to cut 10 percent of their budget. For the Public Health Department, this means saying no to travel and educational opportunities for their staff and additional conversations about how they can continue cost-cutting. During a Board of Health meeting on Aug. 22, the board agreed that the good news is they don’t have to cut what is grant-funded, including a three-year HRSA grant that was received after the cuts were mandated and wasn’t considered in the budget.

The Public Health Department will be meeting with a technical adviser for the grant on Sept. 21, who will be a “wealth of information” about how grant money can be used, HCHC Community Health Director Patti Sallee said.

The grant will be almost one million dollars over the three years, with the Public Health Department receiving $284,000 in the first year.

Flu season was also put on the radar during the Board of Health meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 22. The Public Health Department will be traveling to outlying places in Mt. Pleasant to give flu vaccines, Sallee said. They will not start pushing flu vaccinations until October to get through start-of-school immunizations. They ordered fewer vaccinations this year than they did last year, but not to worry, they can always order more if they have to, Sallee said.

During the Environmental Report, Environmental Specialist with Henry County Jodi Sutter said that Mt. Union “appears to be going smoothly.”

The next Board of Health meeting is Sept. 26.

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