Health Department Report for April 27, 2011
Susan Kufahl, Assistant Administrator presented a color coded
financial report that attempted to illustrate more clearly for the Board how the
funding from various entities, i.e. State, Federal, City and County and the many
grants which the Department depends on to fund many of the programs offered
by the Health Department. In the past various Board members have indicated
difficulty understanding why a standard monthly financial statement is not really
feasible because of the many differing dates when funding comes in and the many
differing requirements of grant funding such as matching funds. Brady Burton, president
of the Board thanked Ms. Kufahl and the finance department for this effort and
stated it was very useful.
Debby Nuss, chair of the committee working on the tool for the search for a
replacement for Charles Murphy, Health Department Administrator, who will retire
in December, 2011, presented a “draft” of a plan and initiated a discussion of how the
Board wants to proceed. The decision was to gather responses from the members of
the Board and to present a second draft at the next Board meeting and to decide then
on how the Board wishes to proceed.
Adopting the Proposed Budget for 2012 was put off until the next meeting allowing
time for the board members to study it. It was decided to send it on to the City and County
as the deadline for submitting it had passed noting that it had not yet been passed by the Board.
The ongoing discussion of allowing the Health Department to accept Medicaid
patients at their clinic. but not including children since all the Pediatricians in Manhattan
have indicated that they accept all Medicaid patients, was tabled until August when the
Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in Junction City may be granted expansion
which would provide for more medicaid access. Charles Murphy noted that Riley County’s
ration of primary care providers is 889:1. The national benchmark is 631:1 and that the number
of uninsured adults in Manhattan is around 25% versus a Kansas average of 16%.
The Board approved contracting with Varney Associates for the annual audit as
well as approving The Healthy Families America contract.
The Board had requested that Pat Collins, Riley County Emergency Planner,
who was unable to be present, still be requested to come and provide information to the Board.
Karen McCulloh also requested that presentations from the department”s staff be continued
to help the Board to understand the workings of the Department.
Finally, a discussion of the Riley County Health Rankings indicated that the main
problem is binge drinking but that the County fared quite well on other health assessments.
Submitted by Sue Cohen