Public Health Advisory Committee
Description and Positions
The Public Health Advisory Committee is a standing advisory committee to the Minneapolis Health Department and the Minneapolis City Council and has been in existence through resolution since 1976 in accordance with the provisions of the Community Health Services Act (Minn. Laws 1976, Ch. 9)
Role of the PHAC
The role of the PHAC is to advise the City 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.
The PHAC has responsibility for the following functions:
- To advise the City Council regarding: a) policy matters affecting health of Minneapolis residents, and b) general roles and functions of the Minneapolis Health Department;
- To review the proposed priorities of the Minneapolis 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 Minneapolis 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 expected 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 will have up to twenty-two (22) members composed of fourteen (14) Resident Members, up to six (6) Other Representative Members. Two (2) ex-officio non-voting representatives may join the committee as needed. Members will not be compensated for service on the PHAC.
- Resident Member appointments
The Resident Members will be selected by having each of the thirteen (13) City Council Members appoint one (1) Resident Member who lives or works in their respective wards; one (1) Resident Member who lives or works in the City of Minneapolis shall be appointed by the Mayor. These Resident Member appointments and terms are subject to Minneapolis Code of Ordinances Title 2 Chapter 14.180. No public hearing is required for Resident Member appointments.
- Representative Member appointments
Representative Member appointments pursuant to this subsection C.2. will not be made pursuant to the open appointments process of Minneapolis Code of Ordinances Title 2 Chapter 14.180 and no public hearing is required for these appointments.
- Representative Members 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 Services;
• Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health;
• The University of Minnesota-School of Public Health.
- The PHAC shall recommend up to three (3) at large nominees to the City Council for appointment.
- In addition, two (2) representatives from the Minneapolis Health and Human Services Leadership Group: one (1) from the Urban Health Professional Advisory Committee and one (1) from the Urban Health Agenda Community Advisory Committee, shall serve in an ex-officio non-voting capacity as the need arises.
Member Terms, Committee Structure, Meeting Frequency
- Member terms are two years in length and no member will serve more than three consecutive terms. To maintain continuity of membership, approximately half the terms expire each year.
- Anniversary dates are recognized as January 1st, regardless of actual appointment date.
- The PHAC will elect a chairperson and vice-chairperson or co-chairs.
- The PHAC establishes its own operating rules and procedures and meeting schedule, provided that it meets at least six times each year to conduct business.
- The current structure includes three sub-committees: Policy & Planning, Communications / Operations, and Collaboration & Engagement. Members choose one sub-committee on which to participate based on their interest, skill set, or experience.
- Meetings rotate on a monthly basis and are held the fourth Tuesday of each month in City Hall, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
- Eight (8) members constitute a quorum.
- Members are expected to attend and actively participate in all regularly scheduled meetings. Three unexcused absences may result in termination of membership.
- Members are expected to participate in one sub-committee to carry out the work and functions of the committee as 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 meetings, members should spend some time reading and reviewing committee materials; connect with City Council members regarding PHAC business or neighborhood concerns; and, be responsive to constituent concerns regarding public health.
Relationship between the PHAC, City Council, and Minneapolis Health Department
- The City Council is the Board of Health and makes final decisions regarding policy and programs of the Minneapolis Health Department. The City Council’s health-related Committee shall review and decide upon Minneapolis Health Department matters prior to final action by the City Council.
- PHAC members are expected to communicate regularly with their respective appointing authority.
- The PHAC is an advisory committee to the City Council and the Minneapolis Health Department.
- The Minneapolis Health Department is responsible for providing staff assistance to the PHAC to carry out its advisory functions.
- It is expected that the Minneapolis Health Department will give significant weight to the recommendations of PHAC. On those occasions when the Department cannot incorporate these recommendations into its policy and program operations, the Commissioner will provide explanation.
- The Minneapolis Health Department staff will present department business to the health-related Committee. Such staff presentations shall include an explanation of how such activities fit within the framework of the priorities as approved by the PHAC.
- While prime responsibility for presenting PHAC views rests with the Minneapolis Health Department staff, the PHAC may elect to designate its members to directly explain PHAC views to the health-related Committee.
Committee records including past minutes, agendas, meeting materials, and annual reports may be found on the Minneapolis Health Department website:
Minneapolis Health Department
250 South 4th Street, Room 510
Minneapolis, MN 55415
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Last updated May 6, 2014