On April 15, 2008 Delaware County Council announced its first Energy and Environmental Advisory Board. The nonpartisan Working Group for a Delaware County Health Department approves of the formation of an advisory board. However, we question its effectiveness and openness given the fact two years ago to equal fanfare, Delaware County Council announced the formation of the Delaware County Health Advisory Board. This advisory board has never held a public meeting, nor provided access to minutes of its meetings or publicly reported on what it was doing.
We have very limited vital public health infrastructure and over a half million residents; which makes us one of the largest counties at risk for health and environmental disasters in the United States. For example Delaware County has had an 80 percent increase in one year of gonorrhea cases and has the third highest rate of AIDS in the state, according to the Pennsylvania Department
Public Health and Environmental Health go hand in hand. In Pennsylvania, county health departments combine both of these areas in one department. If Delaware County had a county health department we would receive funding of $750,000 for environmental concerns! The county would receive millions of dollars under PA ACT 315 and in federal categorical grants, it currently is ineligible for these grants. In emergency preparedness CDC grants alone we would have received over a million dollars since 9/11. That is our tax dollars coming directly back into the county!
Now that would be some good advice to take.