By James Clark
LUBBOCK, TX -- The Lubbock Board of Health is preparing a recommendation that the City of Lubbock create a new job within the Health Department. A Health Facilitator would promote health education in Lubbock and work with city staff, volunteers, news media, and social media. The Health Facilitator would also write grant applications for the city.
The Board of Health on Friday worked on the rough draft of a job description. The city’s budget process for Fiscal Year 2013/2014 starts in February and the board hopes to have the new job created in the next budget.
Assistant City Manager Scott Snider told the board, “We need goals and objectives of what this person is going to accomplish.”
Snider asked rhetorically, “What are we going to ask this person to do?” He urged the board to come up with specifics.
As just one example of what the board wants the Health Facilitator to address, Lubbock’s rate of Chlamydia infection went from 492.7 per 100,000 in 2005 to 620.8 per 100,000 in 2012.
The Board of Health will try to finalize a job description, taking into account Snider’s suggestions, at its December meeting. The final decision will be up to the City Council.