The Chelan-Douglas Health District Board of Health reached a consensus on Dec. 20 to expand the board to 12 members. The change was prompted by a new law that requires that board of health across the state have an equal amount of elected and non-elected members on the board.

House Bill 1152 was signed into law in May after the COVID-19 pandemic had stretched the limited resources at both local and state departments of health across the state.

The board is looking for 5 people to add. The new non-elected members need to be in one of these categories:

  • Health care providers, including practicing doctors, dentists, nurses and epidemiologists.
  • Consumers of public health who have faced significant health inequities. This category cannot include elected officials or those who have a financial interest in any health agency.
  • Community stakeholders like community nonprofits working with underrepresented communities and the business community.

People can find an application at People also can request an application be mailed to them by calling the health district at (509) 886-6400 and asking for the human resources department.

As of Tuesday, the health district has received about 10 applications for the five non-elected positions so far.