State accreditation process started
By William K. Alcorn
The Youngstown Board of Health on Monday approved hiring two city residents to fill the positions of director of nursing and public health sanitarian in training, both effective Dec. 9, 2013.
Anthea M. Mickens, RN, an employee of the department since 2007, was named director of nursing. She will be paid $27.07 per hour, or $56,315.48 per year.
Sean C. Ivan, the new public sanitarian, will be paid $16.54 per hour or $34,399 annually. Ivan, who in the past worked for the Trumbull County Health Department, will be a sanitarian-in-training for two years.
In other action, acting Health Commissioner Erin Bishop reported that she has applied for a grant through the Association of Ohio Health Commissioners to be used for workforce development and quality improvement, both required steps for state accreditation.
Bishop said that getting accreditation is a difficult process and that she applied for the grant to get started on the accreditation path should talks about consolidation with the Mahoning County District Board of Health not continue. She said she expects the decision on which path the city health department will take to be discussed at the board’s Feb. 3 meeting.
Bishop also reported that one of Access Mahoning Valley’s Affordable Care Act navigators will be housed in the health department through August. Navigators are people trained to help people sign up for health insurance coverage through the ACA, also known as Obamacare and the Health Insurance Marketplace.