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 wwrld.us/application. 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.