Board of Health
The Linn County Board of Health
Linn County Public Health is governed by the Linn County Board of Health (BOH), which consists of five members appointed by the Board of Supervisors.
Mark Taylor, Chair
Dr. James Levett
Dr. Mary Tarbox
- Support the mission of public health
- Discuss health issues and concerns, solicit input and share plans for public health with business and community leaders
- Develop public health policy based on data and community input
- Assure compliance with legal responsibilities (Iowa Code/Iowa
- Understand and support quality service provision and fiscal accountability
Board of Health Committees
Finance and Administrative Review
BOH Liaison: Stacey Walker
The Finance and Administrative Review Committee shall oversee the financial management of
the Agency, and make recommendations for improvement to the Board as appropriate. Also,
has responsibility for periodically reviewing the personnel policies of the Agency and making
recommendations to the Board as appropriate. It advises the Health Director on personnel
matters and recommends approval for all budgeted positions in the Agency. The Committee
shall be advised by the Health Director of any personnel issues and grievances.
Community Health Collaboration
BOH Liaison: Dr. James Levett, Dr. Mary Tarbox, and Leslie Wright
The Community Health Collaboration Committee shall have the responsibility for reviewing
the scope of community health activities ongoing or needed in the community, and for making
recommendations to the Board and to the Health Director for opportunities for community
collaborations in the general public health system or for programs and services under the
purview of the Linn County Public Health Department.
Policy and Government Relations
BOH Liaison: Mark Taylor
The Policy and Government Relations Committee shall have the responsibility for reviewing the
annual work program and making recommendations to the Board as appropriate. It shall be
responsible for evaluating all programs and services and recommending changes to the Board
as appropriate. It shall oversee the Agency’s quality assurance measures. The committee shall
be responsible for seeing that the Board develops an annual strategic plan. It shall review
proposed Agency policies and make recommendations to the full Board. It shall consider the
enactment of any Board policy or ordinance regulating the public’s health and make
recommendations to the full Board.
Meetings & Contact Info
With the exceptions of July and December, the Board of Health normally meets the 4th Wednesday of each month at 4:00 PM. Minutes are included in the listing as they are approved, which typically is following the next Board of Health meeting. The board of health chair can be contacted at the email address below. Access Board of Health minutes and agendas can be accessed in the County's Agenda Center.