Description of PHAC and Positions
The Public Health Advisory Committee (PHAC) is a 20-member advisory committee to the Minneapolis Health Department (MHD) and the City Council. The role of the PHAC is to advise the Council and the Department on policy matters affecting the health of Minneapolis residents, and to serve as liaisons between the City and the community in addressing health concerns. In this role PHAC shall make every effort to ensure that the concerns represented reflect the diverse viewpoints and interests of the Minneapolis community.
- To advise the City Council regarding:
- Policy matters affecting health of Minneapolis residents
- General roles and functions of the Health Department
- To review the proposed priorities of the Health Department and make recommendations to the City Council;
- To consider complaints and views expressed by residents affecting delivery of public health services in Minneapolis, forward those concerns, and make recommendations as necessary to the City Council and/or the Health Department
It is the clear intent that the composition of the PHAC reflects the diverse interests and perspectives of the Minneapolis community. It is the expectation that all parties responsible for the recruitment, recommendations to and approval of members shall make every effort to ensure the realization of this intent.
The PHAC has up to 20 voting members composed of 14 residents and up to 6 other representatives.
- 13 Council Members shall appoint one resident from their respective wards
- One resident representative shall be appointed by the Mayor
- Appointments are confirmed by the full Council
6 representatives will be appointed by the City Council by requesting the following organizations to submit one (1) nominee representing their interests
- The Minneapolis Public Schools, Health Related Services
- Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health
- The University of Minnesota, School of Public Health
- At Large appointees to be recommended by the PHAC to ensure that the membership reflects the diversity of the Minneapolis community.
Ex-officio Non-voting Representatives
In addition, two representatives from the Minneapolis Health and Human Services Leadership Group shall serve in an ex-officio non-voting capacity.
- one (1) from the Urban Health Professional Advisory Committee
- one (1) from the Urban Health Agenda Community Advisory Committee
- Member terms are two years in length, with approximately half the terms expiring each year. Members may serve up to three consecutive terms.
- Anniversary dates are recognized as January 1st, regardless of actual appointment date.
- Three unexcused absences from regular meetings may result in termination of membership.
- Members are responsible for attending all regularly scheduled PHAC meetings, which are held every other month (odd numbered months) on the fourth Tuesday of the month, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in City Hall.
- In addition, members are asked to volunteer for one of three standing sub-committees which meet every other month (even numbered months except December) to carry out the functions previously listed. Members may be asked to review, discuss, modify, and decide upon staff-prepared documents, or engage in the original preparation of documents.
- In addition to regular meetings, members should spend some time reading and reviewing committee documents in order to be prepared for discussion and development of recommendations; connect with City Council members regarding PHAC business or neighborhood concerns; and, be responsive to constituent concerns regarding public health.
Minneapolis Health Department
250 South 4th Street, Room 510
Minneapolis, MN 55415
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Last updated Jan. 15, 2014