Arapahoe County announces its Foundational Board of Health

BY FREDA MIKLIN
GOVERNMENT REPORTER

On June 14, the Arapahoe County Board of County Commissioners announced the members of its Foundational Board of Health (BOH) who will be responsible for governance when the county’s new health department takes over all public health responsibilities from Tri-County Health Department (TCHD) on January 1, 2023. Those responsibilities will include hiring all employees for the new health department. 

The BOH will hold its first meeting on June 15 at 3:00 p.m. at the county’s Administration Building at 5334 S. Prince Street in Littleton. Making sure that BOH is completely transparent from the start, the meeting will be livestreamed through Legistar, as are BOCC meetings. The board will choose a chair and vice-chair at its first meeting. It also expects to approve bylaws and consider steps toward naming a public health executive director, as well as set a schedule for future meetings.

Two county commissioners, Nancy Sharpe (R) and Nancy Jackson (D), who are in their twelfth and final year of service on the BOCC were each appointed to a one-year term to help the fledgling organization get off the ground.

Appointed to three-year terms were Bebe Kleinman and Dr. Heather Signorelli. Shawn Davis was appointed to a five-year term.

Bebe Kleinman is the CEO of Doctors Care, President of the Board of the Colorado Safety Net Collaborative, Vice-Chair of the South Metro Community Foundation, and a member of the City of Littleton Housing Task Force. She issued this statement about her appointment: “I am passionate about supporting and creating a more equitable, just and fair society for all members of the community. I continue to innovate solutions to strengthen the nonprofit sector and ensure that everyone has the health care and health coverage they need to live happy and productive lives.” 

Dr. Heather Signorelli is a pathologist who serves as the Vice-President and Chief Laboratory Officer for HCA Healthcare, owner and operator of Sky Ridge Medical Center, Centennial Hospital, Swedish Medical Center, The Medical Center of Aurora, and four other major hospitals in metro Denver. She was in charge of the COVID-19 testing program for over 190 HCA hospitals around the country during the pandemic. Of her appointment, Dr. Signorelli said, “My main focus is to help build a strong health board process that serves the community. I am passionate about all areas of the health of a community which extend well beyond COVID.” 

Shawn Davis is a commissioner of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s (CDPHE) Health Equity Commission. He has worked in public health in Arapahoe County for two decades, including with TCHD. He is also a former commissioner of the Denver Office of Strategic Partnerships. Said Davis, “I have a passion for addressing health, honesty, commitment to equity, and a personal commitment to making the community a better place to live. In this role, I hope to give input and voice to underserved populations in Arapahoe County.” 

As a member of the BOCC, Nancy Sharpe currently serves on the county’s Board of Social Services and has served on the Health and Human Services committee of Colorado Counties, Inc. As the mayor of Greenwood Village from 2003 to 2011, she acquired a deep understanding of public health.

Nancy Jackson is the BOCC’s current liaison to TCHD and has focused much of her time on the issue of behavioral health for many years. Jackson also serves on the Board of Social Services of Arapahoe County and was a previous member of the Governor’s Behavioral Health Task Force.

TCHD will continue to oversee public health in Arapahoe County for the rest of this year before the BOH takes over on January 1, 2023.

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