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Board of Health Approves Open Air Dining Policy

Apr 22, 2014

Peoria County - At the April 21, 2014 meeting, the Peoria County Board of Health discussed Peoria City/County Health Department program reports and voted on agenda items.

Dr. David Trachtenbarg, Board of Health President, opened the meeting and proceeded with published agenda items.

Term Expirations: Peoria County Board of Health approved a recommendation to be submitted to Peoria County Board to fill yearly board term expirations. The Board of Health will recommend to the County Board that current members Dr. David Trachtenbarg, Ms. Joyce Harant, and Ms. Nora Sullivan be re-appointed to 3-year terms, along with a recommendation that Mr. Todd Baker of Unity Point/ Methodist/Proctor Administration fill a vacated Board seat.

Open Air Dining: The Board approved a written policy to clarify Open Air Dining food establishment regulations to ensure appropriate food safety measures are in place. The Environmental Health Program reviewed best practices and engaged the Health Department's Food Safety Workgroup to draft the document to provide consistent guidance in conjunction with the Illinois Food Service Sanitation Code and Chapter 10, Food Safety, of the Peoria County Code. The document clarifies the standardized practices and activities already in place. Open Air Dining relates to food establishments that offer a transition from inside dining to add in air from the outside through open doors, windows, or walls without screens. Structural requirements, pest control, food safety, and bar area topics are covered in the policy, as well as inspection frequency.

County Health Rankings Report: Monica Hendrickson, Epidemiologist, provided a review and analysis of the County Health Rankings Report released March 26, 2014, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. This Report ranked 102 Illinois Counties and assigned Peoria County as #59 in Health Outcomes (how healthy Peoria County residents are) and #41 in Health Factors (what's influencing Peoria County's population health.) The review included explanations and examples of Health Outcomes related to length and quality of life, as well as Factors influencing the community's health such as access to clinical care and health behaviors such as tobacco use, diet and exercise; air quality in the physical environment; and social and economic indicators. The analysis reviewed previous Rankings Report, as well as a comparison to other county's rankings within the Region. The Health Department utilizes this Report as an opportunity to review current health status in Peoria County as well as a mechanism to drive discussion within the community regarding population health improvement strategies. The full Report for all counties is online at www.countyhealthrankings.org.

Agendas and full Minutes of all Board of Health monthly and committee meetings are published on the Peoria City/County Health Department website at www.pcchd.org.

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