Officials note new focus for health agency

Last week the Auglaize County Health Department met with the district advisory council for the annual 2013 report.

Emergency Response Coordinator Don Jump and Director of Environmental Health Curt Anderson presented their assessments to the council regarding changes and upcoming events for the health department.

Jump explained he has been in the position for three years, and his past work with the Wapakoneta Fire Department gave him a great background for his current position.

“The biggest transition was dealing with the public health environment, the terminology, the acronyms were a little bit of a learning curve, and understanding the goals and objectives,” Jump said. “… Just about the time I was beginning we were moving from more terrorist-based thinking to now, more pandemic … anything that is possible out there the thinking is that all of our community  needs to pull together and work together and try and resolve whatever it may be, so our planning moving in that direction.”

According to Jump,  there are 15 capabilities the county’s health department needs to be proficient in, splitting them into groups of three over a 5-year period.

“For this coming cycle there is going to be an emphasis on volunteer management, on responder health and safety, on mass fatality,” he said.

For the full story, see the Monday, March 31 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.