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The Board of Health consists of 11 members appointed to three-year terms by the County Executive with County Council consent (Code 1957, Art. 25A, sec. 5(y); Code Health-General Article, secs. 3-101 through 3-202; County Code, sec. 12-101)

The Board of Health meets monthly (with the exception of July, August and December). The Board has general responsibility for the health and sanitary interests of the people of the County and works in accord with the County Council to ensure the health and safety of those in Howard County.

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Board Information

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Meetings

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Held virtually and open to the public on the fourth Tuesday of the month (with the exception of July, August and December) at 6:00 p.m. 

Individuals interested in participating by phone should contact Kandyce Alford..

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Board Members

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The Board of Health consists of 11 members.

  • Anthony C. Wisniewski, Esq. - Chair
  • Sharon Stanley Merriweather, Esq. - Vice-chair
  • Jason Bashura, MPH, RS
  • Bisma Beg, MD, MPH
  • Melanie Brown, MD MSE
  • Melinda Kantsiper, MD
  • Paloma León, BAJ 
  • Audra Nixon, MPH
  • Jill RachBeisel, MD
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Board Member Requirements

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  • All members must be residents of Howard County, 18 years of age or older
  • One member must be a professional in the area of Environmental Health
  • Three members should be health professionals and one of the health professionals may be a veterinarian.
  • The seven remaining members will represent the general public and will meet one of the following qualifications provided that not more than three meet the same qualification:
    • at least two may not have professional or administrative training in the health occupations; 
    • at least two may have had professional or administrative training in the health occupations, but have not worked as a health professional in the past five years; 
    • at least one shall have professional experience in mental health; and 
    • at least one shall have professional experience in substance use disorders.

Meeting Agendas & Minutes

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2024

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January

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2023

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November

October

September

August - No meeting

July - No Meeting

June

May

April

March

February

January

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2022

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December

  • No Meeting

November

October

September

August

  • No Meeting

July

  • No Meeting

June

May

April

March

February

January

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2021

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December - Special Meeting

November

October

September

August

  • No Meeting

July

  • No Meeting

June

May

April

March

February

January

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2020

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December

  • No meeting

November 12 - Special Session

November

    October

    September

    August

    • No meeting

    July

    • No meeting

    June

    May

    April

    March

    February

    January

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