Tuesday, March 31, 2015

What We Learned About Our Community

Today we heard from Cincinnati Rotarian and U.S. Congressman Brad Wenstrup. He is a medical doctor who joined the Army Reserves but never intended to go into congress.  In his opening remarks related to Rotary’s motto of “Service above self”, the congressman quoted Pope John Paul II who said, “Freedom doesn’t give us the right to do what we want, but the right to do what we ought.” Then he quoted Roberto Clemente who said, “If you have the chance to make life better on earth and don’t, then you’re wasting your time on earth.”

His career in politics began when he was asked to run for Mayor of Cincinnati. After doing well, they asked him to run for other political offices. As he began to look at Washington, he realized there were many decisions being made by people who did not have experience in those fields. Congressman Wenstrup feels there are many things that are just plain “wrong” that need to be addressed in Washington. One of his greatest concerns is the fact that laws are being made by the President rather than by the people through their representatives.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

What We Learned About Our Community

Today we heard from Tim Kelly, Assistant Health Commissioner shared about Clermont County Public Health. Their role in public health is to prevent, promote and protect. Public health is related to epidemiology, the study of distribution and cause of health related events in specific populations and application of this study to control health problems. In 1854, Epidemiology began in London when John Snow studied and dealth with the Cholera epidemic.

There are 5 divisions located on Bauer Road at Permit Central: Administration, environmental health, water and waste, nursing, and plumbing. They have 5 board members, an Executive Director and a Health Commissioner.
  • The Plumbing division inspects residential and commercial plumbing, backflow prevention, and sewer and water connections.
  • Water and Waste/Environmental Health deals with complaint investigations. They do basic system assessments, household sewage treatment systems, loan inspections, and subdivision and existing lot reviews. They are also involved with vector control, private drinking water, solid waste, and beach sampling.
  • Environmental Health Division involves food service operations, the inspection of pools and spas, school inspections, issues related to rabies, smoking issues, tattoo and body piercing enforcement, and the inspections of manufactured home parks, recreational vehicle parks and resident camps.
  • The Nursing Division handles the Women, Infants and Children program (WIC), breastfeeding peer support, immunizations (child, adult, travel) and communicable diseases, injury prevention, and children with mental disabilities.
  • The Administration Division deals with birth and death certificates and handles child fatality reviews. They also handle emergency preparedness.

Next week we will hear from Brad Wendstrup.