Barbourville’s Health Coalition still without a captain

Photo by David Stewart Ryan Osborne discusses the COM(N) Care plans with the group.
Photo by David Stewart
Ryan Osborne discusses the COM(N) Care plans with the group.

By David Stewart

For the Mountain Advocate

Josh Callihan, Vice-Chairman for the Knox County Health Coalition, encouraged the health coalition at Tuesday’s meeting, “We are going to find a way to carry on. We need to find some new leadership. I have picked up more responsibilities with my current jobs and feel a little unqualified as it is. I will be able to remain as Vice-Chair for a little longer, until we can get the chair and vice-chair filled.”

Rebecca Raines, the new Head of the Knox County Health Department, offered a possible solution. “We have a job posted, Health Educator with the Health Department (applications can be picked up at the Health Department, but have to be submitted by Friday, Feb. 27). Perhaps when this position is filled, that person will be able to offer assistance in this area. I am certain that whoever fills the position will need at least 60 days of orientation prior to helping outside of the department.”

Raines also said she thought the Health Department would be able to be the Fiscal Agent for the Health Coalition. The only stipulation would be they could only be the agent for grant money (not donations or fund raisers).

Ryan Osborne was on hand to let the group know about the Professional Home Health Care Agency. He is currently the Director of a “Planning Grant” that will finance the COM(N) Care Initiative. “The plan,” according to Osborne, “Is to improve communication between all medical providers in Knox, Laurel and Whitley counties.

“We will increase communications between: hospitals, home health, hospice, Dr. offices and nursing homes, etc… Hopefully better communication will make everything a little easier,” Osborne said.

The COM(N) Care Initiative will have a kickoff event at the London Community Center March 17.