Chelan-Douglas health board opens applications for new members

Flu Season

EAST WENATCHEE — An expanded oversight board is in the works for the Chelan-Douglas Health District, and applicants are needed.

Right now, the eight-member board is made up of local elected officials, including county commissioners and mayors and councilmembers of towns within Chelan and Douglas counties. New state laws require the board to add at least six new at-large community members, representing health providers, public health clients, and community stakeholders in the district.

The law was passed to broaden the stewardship of local health districts, which have become key public agencies for providing testing and immunization during the COVID-19 pandemic. At-large members have limited voting power; for instance, any board decision to set or modify permit, licensing, and application fees may only be determined by the publicly elected officials serving on the board.

Because Chelan County includes Indian trust lands, one of the non-elected members must be a tribal representative selected by the American Indian Health Commission of Washington State.

Interested residents in the two counties can apply through the health district’s website until 5 p.m. January 10th. New boardmembers will be chosen by a vote of the Chelan and Douglas county commissioners. The new board must be in place by July 1st.