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Board of Health
The Board of Health is the administrative authority for the Health District. Member Cities and the Commissioners Court appoint citizen representatives to serve on the board. Board directors serve without compensation for staggered three-year terms. The WCCHD Executive Director is an ex-officio non-voting participant member of the Board. The Board meets every two months and meetings are open to the public.
Executive Director/Health Authority
W. S. Riggins Jr., MD, MPH
100 West Third Street
Georgetown, Texas 78626
Public Health Services are provided through four Branches:
Environmental Health Services (Deborah Marlow R.S.,Assistant Deputy Director), dedicated to preventing illnesses due to environmentally related disease and injury. Environmental staff monitors and investigates environmental public health problems and serves as a community resource to educate people about environmental public health issues. The environmental health of our community is closely linked to the health of the people of Williamson County. Services available to promote and protect the environmental health of our community are Retail Food Establishment Permitting and Inspections, Food Handler Training Classes, On-Site Sewage Facility Permitting and Inspections, Subdivision Review, and Public Health Nuisance Investigations.
Operations (Cynthia Guerrero, MED, Deputy Director), Essential Public Health Services offered through the Operations Branch consist of linking, empowering and educating the community through the following services: Uninsured, underinsured and low income residents are screened for eligibility for medical assistance programs; Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program provides nutrition education, breastfeeding support, and food benefits to pregnant, post partum, and breastfeeding women, infants, and children less than five years of age; case management is provided for children with special health care needs, children on Medicaid with specific health conditions, and pregnant women and individuals diagnosed with a chronic disease; Public Health Nursing provides immunizations for children and adults, sexually transmitted disease (STD) screening and treatment, HIV testing and counseling, tuberculosis (TB) prevention and treatment; and health education on diabetes, cardiovascular disease, children's weight management, health literacy and community gardening and healthy cooking classes.
Resource Management & Support Services (Administration) (Anita Martinez, Deputy Director), provides district-wide administrative, financial, and IT support in the areas of budget, grants, accounting, human resources, and program operations. Cross-functional workgroups address overarching initiatives related to workforce, quality assurance, and outreach. Budget develops and manages the district budget and grant activities. Accounting manages district revenue, assets, and disbursements, coordinates financial audits, and is responsible for financial management and reporting. Human Resource manages personnel related activities including payroll and time accounting. Information Technology manages IT assets, responds to help desk requests, and actively participates in risk management. Administration also provides support for the Board of Health, coordinates strategic planning efforts, develops administrative and fiscal policies and procedures, manages purchasing activities, supports records management, and serves as the district liaison for facilities services.
Special Operations, provides support services to other areas of the health district as well as community partners through four programs: Epidemiology, Disease Surveillance, Immunization Program Management, and Emergency Preparedness and Response. Program staff monitor trends in chronic and infectious disease, provide technical and logistical support, respond to complex data requests, plan drills and exercises, conduct program reviews, and support community health assessment activities. Results of studies or surveys are published and made available on the WCCHD website. SO staff work to improve the quality of data in ImmTrac, the statewide immunization registry, and support the work of Texas Vaccine for Children providers. The disease control and epidemiology programs conduct case and outbreak investigations, with the goal of limiting the spread of illness in the community. SO Immunizations monitors the efficacy and safety of vaccines, informs providers and the public of changes to the immunization schedule, and assess vaccine coverage levels and school and daycare compliance with state law.