Board of Health

Regular Meeting Agenda

Jefferson County Board of Health

Thursday, February 16, 2023 at 2:30 pm

Jefferson County Courthouse – Commissioners’ Chambers
 1820 Jefferson Street, Port Townsend, WA
This is a hybrid meeting: Virtual and In-Person Attendance

You can join this meeting by using these methods:

  • Zoom Meeting:
    This option will allow you to join the meeting live. You will need to enter an email address. 
    If you wish to provide public comment, click on the hand icon at the bottom of the screen to “raise your hand.” Participation will be up to the Chair and/or Clerk of the meeting.  
    [Note: Zoom may tell you that you are joining a “webinar”; this is correct.]
  • Audio-only: Dial: 1-253-215-8782 and use Webinar ID: 97862703889# 
    This option will allow you to listen to the meeting live. If you wish to provide public comment, press*9 to "raise your hand."  Participation will be up to the Chair and/or Clerk of the meeting.
  • Website: Follow the links under “Quick links,” “Videos of Meetings,” and click on “Streaming Live.” 
    This option will allow you to see meeting documents and watch the meeting live-streaming, with no participation.
  • In-Person: You are welcome to join the meeting in-person.  This option may be limited as we are operating at 50% room occupancy at this time.   
    Masking is recommended.

In the event of technical difficulties, at least one of the methods above will be accessible to the public. Please try all methods first before calling 360-385-9100 to report any issues.


Public comment will be accepted and can be emailed to: until 5:00 PM the evening prior to the start of the meeting.



CALL TO ORDER – Chair Kolff

  1. Public Comment (15 mins.)
    Public Comment Periods are dedicated to listening to the public.  Each person may address the Board one time during these periods.  To ensure equal opportunity for the public to comment, all comments shall be limited to 2 or 3 minutes per person, depending on the volume of public in attendance.
  2. Approval of Agenda
  3. Approval of Minutes of January 19, 2023 Board of Health Meetings
  4. Old Business and Information Reports
    1. Jefferson Healthcare Report (Kees Kolff) (5 mins.)
    2. Jefferson County Public Health Report (Apple Martine) (10 mins.)
    3. Infectious Diseases Update (Dr. Allison Berry) (15 mins.)
  5. New Business
    1. Annual Update for Women, Infants and Children Nutrition Program (WIC) (Karen Obermeyer) (15 mins.)
    2. [Possible action] Climate Change – Adoption of Wildfire Policy (Michael Dawson) (10 mins.)
    3. Report of Subcommittee for Onboarding New Board Members (Greg Brotherton) (10 mins.)
    4. Avian Influenza, an introduction (Allison Berry) (15 mins.)
    5. Planning topics for the year ahead (10 mins.)
  6. Agenda Planning Calendar:

    Climate change - every month
    Healthcare System Capacity
    CHIP / CHA

  7. Announcements

             ADJOURNMENT BY: 4:30 p.m.



Next Scheduled Meeting:                       March 16, 2023
 2:30 – 4:30 PM
 Jefferson County Public Health
 Hybrid Meeting

If you would like to submit a public comment, please email 

To see all submitted comments: Jefferson County Board of Health--Public Comments


  • Amanda Grace
    • Other Community Stakeholder
  • AJ Hawkins
    • Consumer of Public Health
  • Kees Kolff, Chair 
    • Public Hospital District Commissioner
  • Libby Wennstrom
    • City of Port Townsend

  • Kate Dean, Vice-Chair
    • Jefferson County Commissioner District 1
  • Heidi Eisenhour
    • Jefferson County Commissioner District 2
  • Greg Brotherton
    • Jefferson County Commissioner District 3