Board of Health

Board Duties

As established in Ohio law, the seven member Board of Health is our policy-making body with authority to adopt regulations and establish programs to promote public health within the district.

The Board has the authority to hire staff, develop programs, and is required to enforce specific sections of Ohio Revised Code and Rules of the Ohio Public Health Council.  The Board may make such orders as are necessary for its own government, for the public health, the prevention or restriction of diseases, and the abatement of nuisances.

Board Meetings

Business meetings of the Board are held once a month, while special meetings are called when necessary.  The usual meeting date is the second Friday of each month at 8:00 a.m.  Board meetings are open to the public and citizen input is encouraged.

Board Meetings for 2017

November 3, 2017
December 8, 2017

Board Meetings for 2018

January 12, 2018
February 9, 2018
March 9, 2018
April 13, 2018
May 11, 2018
June 8, 2018
July 13, 2018
August 10, 2018
September 14, 2018
October 12, 2018
November 9, 2018
December 14, 2018

Dates are subject to change, contact the Health Department for confirmation.

Board of Health Statement on Vaccinations, March 23, 2017.

Board Members

Dr. Wilfred Ellis, MD, President
Eric Kerner, Vice President
Dr. Pratap Balusu, MD
Janis Carse
Marva Cowan
Dr. Ross Kaufman Ph.D.
Scott Shutt

Six of the seven Board members are appointed by the mayors, township trustees, and county commissioners of Allen County. The seventh member is appointed by the Health District Licensing Council.

Board Meeting Minutes

Board meeting minutes are available upon request.  To request a copy of our meeting minutes, call 419-228-4457.