Health & Wellness

Springfield Board of Health Asks: Do We Need to Change and Evolve

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Health Inspector commenting Credits: Ellen Dickson
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Board of Health Credits: Ellen Dickson
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SPRINGFIELD, NJ - At Wednesday’s Public Health meeting, the public health nurse reported that no Springfield residents had availed themselves of a free woman’s health screening opportunity. Chair Dr. Bielory then questioned why no one in Springfield used the service. “Do we need to change and evolve? We have been doing the same thing for the last 40 years. Are we accomplishing what Boards of Health are supposed to do? Should we redirect our resources?” Do we need to change and evolve?” 

A discussion took place on how the event was advertised. It was noted that the website has been down. The idea of a “needs assessment” survey was brought up. It has been discussed in prior meetings. It was decided that the health inspector would pursue ways to survey the citizens of Springfield to see if their needs are being met. What is the measurement of success? “Should we redirect to opioids?"

The Health Officer reported on inspections he had completed. One repeat inspection, the Muscle Maker Grill was not completed because it appeared that the business had been shut down. The health officer mentioned that a Muscle Maker in another town also had been shuttered and maybe there was a problem with the franchise.

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Board member Patti Lynn has tendered her resignation. Dr. Bielory made a motion to draw up a letter of commendation.   Ms. Lynn was a long serving board member and had chaired the committee twice.

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