McClure announces a proposal to study the establishment a County Health Bureau

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At the County Council meeting on January 6, 2022, Lamont McClure announced a proposal to study the creation of a County Health Bureau. The current pandemic has shown the importance of organizations which can coordinate information and deliver services to promote and improve public health.

“In addition to dealing with the crisis posed by COVID-19, a Health Bureau could address infectious diseases such as Influenza, Tuberculosis and HIV as well as implementing programming to improve maternal and child health and provide support for heart disease, cancer, diabetes, etc.,” says Lamont McClure. “With a Health Bureau that answers only to the County of Northampton, we’re assured our suburban and rural areas will receive as much focus as our more developed communities.”

A Request for Proposal (RFP) will be released on January 7th to non-County affiliated academic institutions and hospital systems to determine if a Health Bureau is needed and, if the answer is ‘yes,’ how to establish one.

Information provided to TVL by:
Becky Bartlett
Deputy Director of Administration
Northampton County Government Center
669 Washington Street
Easton, PA 18042