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TAKE ACTION (20) Posted July 29, 2017 

1. Affordable Housing Bond Stakeholder Advisory Group: Monday, July 31 from 6 − 8:30 pm, Portland Community College, SE Community Hall (map), 2305 SE 82nd Ave. They will discuss selection criteria for bond-funded acquisitions. Mayor Ted Wheeler will be joining the SAG for Monday's meeting. An agenda and materials will be available online here prior to the meeting. 

2. Transportation Summit with U.S. Representative Earl Blumenauer, Multnomah County Commissioner Jessica Vega Pederson, and State Representative Janelle Bynum:  Thursday, August 3, 6:00 - 7:15 p.m. at IRCO Community Center Gym, 10301 NE Glisan St. As we consider future investments and priorities, let us remember that it is entirely within our capacity to make our communities safer, healthier, and more economically secure while we struggle with the challenges of this century for the economy, energy, social equity, and climate. It is a priority to ensure that investments made at the federal, state, and local level help meet the needs of East Portland and East Multnomah County. There will also be representatives from TriMet, Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), and other community organizations. Please respond (RSVP) here if you are going to attend.

3. Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) Funding Priorities Survey: Ever wished there was a simple survey where you could tell ODOT if it should prioritize funding for highway expansion, safety, or pedestrian/bike improvements? Here ya go! Ready or not, the process for distributing money to transportation projects in the 2021-2024 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) begins now. Because projects in the STIP are funded with taxpayer dollars, we are making every effort to get input from Oregonians about how we spend these funds. To accomplish this, we created a website to share information. Check it out at oregon.gov/ODOT/STIP: On the website you can: Take a survey to provide input on funding priorities; Sign up for our STIP email list to get regular updates; Watch a new video to learn STIP fundamentals; Keep current by viewing videos and materials from the Oregon Transportation Commission meetings and read monthly STIP updates.

4. A Home for Everyone (AHFE) Coordinating Board Positions Available: To apply, please submit a completed interest form to Carrie Young at carrie.young@multco.us no later than Friday, August 4, 2017. Please visit ahomeforeveryone.net for more information about A Home For Everyone, the Board, Executive Committee and the Charter. The Coordinating Board is directly responsible for the allocation of federal homeless assistance dollars that are annually allocated to our continuum of care. The Board also advises on local policy and the investment of local funds directed toward homeless services. The current vacancies on the Coordinating Board are for individuals who bring the following background, experience or expertise: East County/Gresham Services and School Districts. For questions, please email Carrie Young or call (503) 988-2525.

5. Better Housing by Design Concept Report Comments: Comments on the Concept Report will be accepted until Monday, August 7, 2017, at 5 p.m.  About the Project. Project staff will consider this input as they develop a Discussion Draft, which will include draft Zoning Code language to implement the concepts. We invite you to read the Concept Report and then send us your feedback: betterhousing@portlandoregon.gov or U.S. Mail: City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, Attn: Better Housing by Design Project, 1900 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 7100, Portland, OR 97201. Major topics covered by these concepts include: Increasing residential outdoor spaces; Fostering more pedestrian-friendly street frontages; Addressing building scale and allowances for diverse housing options; Prioritizing affordable housing development bonuses; and Improving street connections, especially in East Portland.

6. Safe Routes to School Partners Survey: Please take 10-15 minutes to complete this partner survey by August 9. You and your organization play a critical role in advancing policy change for active transportation and healthy communities, implementing and strengthening Safe Routes to School programs, and spreading the word about issues, new research, and best practices. We value your input and want to hear from you about our approach to strategic collaboration and equity.

7. Growing Transit Communities Time to talk to City Council: City Council Public Hearing to consider the recommended plan: Thursday, August 10, 3:30 PM Time Certain (not before, but could be later) at City Hall, Council Chambers, 1121 SW 4th Ave. What will this do in East Portland? Learn more: www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/GTCPlan 

8. Walk with Refugees & Immigrants: EPAP and EPNO will host the pre-march gathering (please let lore know if you can help with this: lore.wintergreen@portlandoregon.gov ). Portland Parks for New Portlanders has partnered with Sunday Parkways to organize to organize the Walk with Refugees & Immigrants, Sunday, August 20th, 11 AM – 2 PM. The community, City and elected leaders will gather at East Portland Action Plan (1017 NE 117th Ave, Portland, OR 97220) and participate in a mile walk alongside the refugee & immigrant community to show our support. In partnership with refugee and immigrant organizations, this event plans to recognize the unique experiences of new Portlanders of all ages by honoring seniors and providing school supplies for children. Come hear refugees & Immigrants share their stories, music, food, and other activities will also be available to enjoy. We urge all our neighbors, local businesses, board members, neighborhood association, non-profits to join us on this walk for a more compassionate, generous, and welcoming Portland. If interested, please send your organization's logo and your role/involvement at the event by Monday, August 1st. Feel free to let them know if you have any questions: Som Nath Subedi, 503-260-2487(mobile) or som.subedi@portlandoregon.gov

9. City of Portland Housing Bureau (PHB) Renter-Owner Services Advisory Commission (ROSAC) Members Needed: Applications for this new commission will be accepted on a rolling basis. The Renter-Owner Services Advisory Commission will serve as the primary public forum for discussion of rental housing law and regulation, and renter-owner programs and services in the City of Portland. ROSAC members are expected to have expertise in fair housing, rent-regulated and market-rate rental housing, landlord/tenant law, property management, renter-owner advocacy, rental housing access, and or rental housing health & safety. The ROSAC will meet every other month beginning this fall. Click here to access the ROSAC application or find it online at www.portlandoregon.gov/PHB/ROSAC. For more information, contact Victoria James at Victoria.james@portlandoregon.gov or (503) 823-3403.

10. City of Portland Housing Advisory Commission (PHAC) Seeks New Members: Applications for this existing commission will be accepted on a rolling basis. The PHAC advises PHB’s Director, the Housing Commissioner, and Portland City Council on a range of housing policy and program issues to promote improvements within PHB and the larger housing system, equity in access and outcomes for Portlanders in PHB programs, and aligning PHB’s resources and mission during the annual budget process. The PHAC meets monthly. Members are expected to have expertise in housing policy and planning, affordable housing financing and development, budget oversight and analysis, resource development to maintain and expand the supply and availability of affordable housing, program development and evaluation, public-private partnership development, and community and intergovernmental relations. Click here to access the PHAC application or find it online at www.portlandoregon.gov/phb/PHAC. Applications for both commissions will be accepted on a rolling basis. For more information, contact Victoria James at Victoria.james@portlandoregon.gov or (503) 823-3403.

11. City of Portland Home Energy Score Public to Comment on Amendments and Attend Public Hearing: Public comment period will end on August 24, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.: http://bit.ly/phesadminrules. Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) will hold a Public Hearing on August 24, 2017 from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at 1900 SW 4th Ave., Room 7A (seventh floor), Portland, OR 97201. These rules clarify requirements for home sellers, home builders, and home energy assessors. Draft rules are available for review at. Written comments also may be sent via email to kyle.diesner@portlandoregon.gov using subject line: “Home Energy Score comments” or similar, or by mail to: Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, Home Energy Score comments, 1900 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 7100, Portland, OR 97201. Comments received after 6:00 p.m. on August 24 will not be considered part of the record. EPAP has no position on this. Phillip Norman, from the EPAP listserv, requested that I share the following blog post sites: Subject: Home Energy and Scorehttp://energyconservationhowto.blogspot.com/2016/11/we-dont-need-home-energy-auditors.html

12. Gateway Green Park Wayfinding Survey: Survey (www.propelgateway.com) responders don't have to live or work in Gateway as we are trying to gather opinions and insight from both residents as well as others across the city. This short survey will gather input, learn more about the district, and engage community members in the process. Please take a few minutes to fill out the survey, and also share it with your colleagues, friends and family. We will also have a booth set up at the East Portland Sunday Parkways, at the Hazelwood HydroPark, 1017 NE 117th Ave. Please stop by, meet the team, and learn more about the project.

13. Oregon Reinvestment Summit Registration: Registration ends September 15, 2017 and Summit to be held on Monday, October 2nd in Portland. National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) spoke at the July EPAP. Here is the link for registration: https://reinvestoregon.eventbrite.com.  The promo code to access the membership rate is: Columbia. If you are concerned about costs please have them reach out to Rebecca Johnson at: rjohnson@ncrc.org. If you are an EPAP Participating Agreement signing member and need further financial assistance to attend, contact: lore.wintergreen@portlandoregon.gov , or 503.823.4035.

14. East Portland City Council Meeting – Parks: October 26th, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. location to be announced. For more information, contact: Pooja Bhatt at 503-823-3229 or Pooja.Bhatt@portlandoregon.gov

15. City of Portland Parks & Recreation Survey on Tree Placement In East Portland: Seeking to more equitably distribute trees throughout the city. Help guide the tree planting strategy: http://www.tinyurl.com/plantingsurvey. P.S. If you live Centennial, Glenfair, Argay, Parkrose, Russell, Wilkes, or Pleasant Valley and would like to help more trees get planted in your neighborhood, Friends of Trees is looking for volunteer neighborhood coordinators in your neighborhood. I've been a neighborhood coordinator for my neighborhood for several years and have found it to be very rewarding and a very flexible and small time commitment. You can learn more and raise your hand here: https://www.friendsoftrees.org/volunteering/leadership-roles  

16. City of Portland Environmental Services Strategic Plan Survey: Click on the following link for the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PortlandEnvironmentalServices or speak directly with our independent consultant, Chris Wallace Caldwell.  She can be reached directly at 503-200-0442 to arrange a brief phone interview if you would like to provide input. More information about Environmental Services is available here: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/29323

17. Enhanced Transit Corridors Plan Review: They held an Open House, but you are still welcome to review and comment on the materials online, including the presentation slides and the boards organized into stations. Direct link: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/73693. To request language translation or interpretation, please call 503-823-6177; Para solicitar intérprete, por favor llame al 503-823-6177;  Если вам необходимы услуги переводчика, звоните по телефону 503-823-6177; or

Muốn yêu cầu thông dịch viên, vui lòng gọi số 503-823-6177. We welcome your feedback, generally, we are addressing the following questions of community members: 1. Do you support our initial methodology criteria and measures?; 2. Are there other measures we should consider?; 3. Do you support the PBOT staff recommendations for where to take a closer look over the summer to test applying the ETC toolbox and develop conceptual investment plans? And 4. Do you support the PBOT staff recommendations for candidate transit projects to consider for the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) Call for Projects? You can email us directly with your feedback and responses to these questions. Or you can download the two comment cards focused on these questions, complete them and send them by email. The comment cards are in MS Word. Email us at: ETCplan@portlandoregon.gov. Stations and Materials: Station 1: Welcome, process and timeline; Station 2: Introduce candidate corridors and existing conditions; Station 3: Initial Methodology and Evaluation Results; View the full ETC Existing Conditions and Methodology Memo and Appendix; Download Comment Card for Input Station A; Station 4: Toolbox; View the full ETC Capital/Operational Toolbox; Station 5: Staff recommendations; Download Comment Card for Input Station B

ETC Plan Summary Fact Sheet 1: Initial Evaluation Results. Visit the ETC Plan website to learn more: www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/ETCplan or Email: ETCplan@portlandoregon.gov

18. Transportation System Plan (TSP) Draft Feedback: Deadline: Fall. Handout about the TSP Stage 3 Update. STEP 1: Review the updates here; STEP 2: Email your feedback to TSP3@portlandoregon.gov. PLEASE BE SPECIFIC. Include page numbers and headers (or other content identifiers) to make it easier for staff to consider your feedback and make updates. Your feedback will go directly to the staff person responsible for the content of the specific sections you comment on. PLEASE READ THE FRONT: Reading the gray Summary of Revisions boxes at the beginning of each section will provide key guidance to focus your review and comments.

Sign-up to request a staff presentation at your group: Francesca Patricolo at 503.823.5282 or TSP3@portlandoregon.gov, Or click here and scroll down to view a list of scheduled staff presentations you may like to attend. Visit our website for more information and to join our email list to receive periodic updates on the TSP: portlandoregon.gov/transportation/TSPupdate.

19. Northwest Health Foundation We're Convening A Disability Justice Leaders Collaborative: They are looking for ten leaders with disabilities from Oregon and Southwest Washington to participate in a Disability Justice Leaders Collaborative. The Collaborative will meet four times over the span of a year to further their understanding of disability justice; build relationships with funders; and discuss leadership and civic engagement, among other topics. We are also looking for someone to facilitate the Collaborative. Find out more about applying for the Disability Justice Leaders Collaborative. 

20. David Douglas School District Safe Routes to Schools Recommendations: We have secured $1 million in funding to make safety improvements to streets in our District. They want your input. To learn more, and how you can give your input on what projects should be prioritized, go here: https://www.ddouglas.k12.or.us/2017/05/safe-routes-feedback/


TAKE ACTION Posted February 10, 2017

1. State of Oregon Ways & Means (follow the $) Committee State Tour: Saturday, February 11, Noon – 2 PM at Portland Community College, Sylvania Campus, 12000 SW 49th Ave. Portland (closer than Salem). This is the biannual budget road show, and it’s the time when the Ways & Means committee tours the state to hear input on budget priorities. It is definitely necessary that housing folks have a strong showing at these hearings across the state. People need to talk about the need: for emergency rent assistance; to preserve existing affordable housing; to invest in new development of affordable housing; to invest in affordable homeownership options; and to address our housing crisis, and invest in opportunity…and don’t forget Powell Blvd. improvements and transportation needs.

2. EPAP Housing Subcommittee: Special Legislator Meeting: February 13th 6 - 8 PM at the East Portland Action Plan office, 1017 NE 117th Ave. (at the foot of the watertower). The Legislative Agenda part of the meeting starts at 7 PM: Discussion with EPAP Housing and Legislators (confirmed to-date: State Representatives Janell Bynum, Alissa Keny-Guyer, Carla Piluso, Barbara Smith Warner staff, Rob Nosse and  State Senator Kathleen Taylor staff Michelle Hansmann) (60 min). Dinner provided, childcare and language interpretation upon request, contact lore: 503.823.4035 or lore.wintergreen@portlandoregon.gov .

3. Growing Transit Communities Proposals and Survey: Click this link: WEIGH-IN ONLINE UNTIL FEB. 13. and scroll to learn about the Plan and planning process. Keep scrolling to get to area maps of the recommendations (where you can zoom in for detail), then scroll to the end to take our short survey. Discover which proposed projects rose to the top and weigh-in before the Plan is complete! Since Fall 2015, the community has been helping to identify and prioritize the most beneficial improvements that would make it safer and more convenient to get to the bus or walk and bike to places nearby sections of bus lines 87 (Airport Way), 77 (Halsey), and 20 (Outer Stark-Burnside).

4. Arts Tax Citizens Oversight Committee Recruitment: http://www.portlandonline.com/oni/?c=60027&a=621727. The purpose of the Committee is to review the disbursements and outcomes of the Arts Education & Access Fund, oversee the measures of effectiveness of the funding, and report its findings annually to City Council. Committee members are appointed to two year terms by the City of Portland. The Committee meets 2 to 4 times a year and sub-committees meet more often.

5. Powell-Division Transit and Development Project Outreach Feedback Survey: Taking input until February 15th: Click here to take the 10-minute survey to evaluate our public outreach efforts. Gathering your input and addressing your comments and questions has been a critical component of the collaborative effort to shape this project. Metro wants your feedback on our outreach efforts so that we can continue to improve how we engage with a diverse range of residents, employees, business owners and visitors whose lives are impacted by the work that we do.

6. City of Portland Neighborhood Streets Survey: https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3279969/C...  to tell us how the Neighborhood Streets Program can best serve you. The survey will take only a few minutes to complete and is available in English, Español, Việt Ngữ, 中文, and Русский. Help us understand where to focus efforts and what to prioritize in the new Neighborhood Streets Program. The condition of streets and sidewalks in front of our homes and throughout our neighborhoods affects how we get around. We want to hear about how you use residential side streets, problems you experience as you try to get around in your neighborhood, and your input about your expectations for residential street improvements in the City of Portland. Learn more about the Neighborhood Streets program at: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/transport.... The Portland Bureau of Transportation has begun the planning process to develop policies and funding options for improving residential side streets.

7. Metropolitan Transportation Improvement Program Amendment Request Comment: The public review period for the amendment ends on Thursday, February 16, at 5 p.m. TriMet has been awarded a federal grant to purchase zero-emission battery electric buses with en-route fast-charging equipment and depot plug-in charging in the Portland area as part of its plans to procure future zero emission buses to create a cleaner, more energy-efficient fleet. This award triggers an amendment to the 2015-18 Metropolitan Transportation Improvement Program: Low or No-Emission (Low-No) Bus Program. Learn more about this grant from the Federal Transit Administration

8. City of Portland Bicycle Parking Survey: Please weigh in on the bicycle parking and rack usability of your apartment by taking our survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/apartmentbikeparking. The results of the online survey will be used by PBOT and the Stakeholder Advisory Committee during the code update process. Want to know more about bicycle parking in Portland? Click here for more info on all of PBOT's bicycle parking programs and services.

9. Better Housing by Design Workshop Updating the Multi-Dwelling Zoning Code: Saturday, February 25, 2017, 10 a.m. – noon at Portland Community College Southeast, Community Hall Annex (see campus map), SE Division Street and SE 82nd Avenue TriMet: #4, #72. As Portland grows, more people will be living in multi-family housing in and around bustling centers and corridors; in places like apartments, condominiums, courtyard housing, rowhouses and more.  The Better Housing by Design project will take public to update the rules to ensure new construction in the multi-dwelling zones better meets the needs of current and future residents. The Better Housing by Design team has spent the last few months researching and assessing what and where the problems are in Portland’s multi-dwelling zones. This work is summarized in the BHD Assessment Report. For more information about the project, please visit the project website –: www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/betterhousing: Main report (summarizes issues the project will be addressing): https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/article/622969: Appendix (includes sections especially relevant to East Portland, including sections on street connectivity, summaries of the East Portland Action Plan and other projects that are informing the project, and demographics and housing market conditions in a number of study areas, including 122nd & E. Burnside, 122nd & Division, Rosewood-Glenfair, and the Jade District area): https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/article/623006

10. City of Portland Transportation System Development Charge (TSDC) Project Update Input: Visit the Online Open House  to view the proposed Project List and provide input by February 26th, 2017 and invite your friends and neighbors to weigh in! Projects on the TSDC list are oriented toward accommodating development growth and improving travel for all modes: walking, biking, driving and transit. The current list was last updated in 2007. Some of the projects on that list are now complete, some have received funding from other sources, and some of them may no longer fit the city’s transportation priorities. Every few years, the City engages in an extensive public input process to reaffirm and amend the list of projects to guide spending of TSDC revenues. As part of this process, the project team is also revisiting the criteria that determine whether projects are eligible for TSDC funding.


TAKE ACTION (7) Posted October 25, 2016

 1. East Portland Regional Flexible Fund Projects – Vote Now: Now through November 7th Comment now: $33 million for walking, biking and moving freight. East Portland needs the following that YOU can influence with a few clicks, an email, or by attending a meeting: David Douglas Safe Routes To School and Outer Stark/Halsey Complete Streets. Click around an online map to explore proposed projects and share your thoughts. Go to the map; Send an email to transportation@oregonmetro.gov; Send a letter to Metro Planning, 600 NE Grand Ave., Portland OR 97232; Share comments by phone at 503-797-1750 or TDD 503-797-1804; or Attend a public hearing at 5 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 27 at Metro Regional Center, 600 NE Grand Ave. in Portland. Help decide how to make the best use of federal funds for transportation projects in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties.

¿Qué opina? | Periodo de comentarios es de 30 días: Ayude a decidir cómo se invertirán $33 millones en proyectos para mejorar las vías para peatones, ciclistas y transporte de carga. Varias ciudades alrededor de la región de Portland presentaron proyectos para competir por este financiamiento federal. 7 de octubre al 7 de noviembre, 2016 oregonmetro.gov/33mil. El Consejo de Metro tiene programada una audiencia pública el jueves 20 de octubre a las 5 p.m. y, después, realizará otra audiencia pública y adoptará medidas legislativas el jueves 26 de enero de 2017, a las 2 p.m., en Metro Regional Center, 600 NE Grand Ave., Portland. Si necesita asistencia con el idioma, llame al 503-797-1890 (de 8:00 a. m. a 5:00 p. m. los días de semana) 5 días laborales antes de la asamblea. Envíe sus comentarios del 7 de octubre al 7 de noviembre de 2016. Puede hacerlo: en línea | por correo electrónico a trans@oregonmetro.gov | por teléfono al 503-797-1888 | por correo a Metro Planning, 600 NE Grand Ave., Portland, OR 97232. David Douglas Safe Routes To School and Outer Stark/Halsey Complete Streets.

2. Inclusionary Zoning (IZ) Policy Development Proposed Draft Review: Here is the latest: Inclusionary Housing Zoning Code Project ). The Portland Housing Bureau's Panel of Experts that was formed as a non-decision making body to inform the policy proposal, and the process over the past few months has been a space in which the technical nitty-gritty of the proposal has been poked, prodded, refined and turned over numerous times. While it may be endlessly debated if the current proposal is feasible in the current and projected housing market, we need to organize - and quickly - to hold the line on a policy that was hard fought in the 2015 session that resulted in unlocking IZ and the construction excise tax via SB1533. Here's the schedule for IZ as it moves through the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC):

November 8: 12:30 - 4:30pm, PSC work session

December: City Council

3. Multnomah County Citizen Involvement Committee (CIC) Recruitment:  Applications will start review in October. You'll find more information about how to apply to the county website, or you can email Anna Allen in Chair Kafoury's office, or Mary-Margaret Wheeler-Weber, the Board's liaison to the CIC, or call 503-988-3958. The CIC was formed to lead the County's community involvement programs and processes. Member provide the Board with advice and feedback on priorities, programs and procedures, including the County budget. Members also will be doing important work that will shape the future of the CIC, including hiring a new Executive Director and reviewing the CIC's bylaws to remove barriers to engagement and community participation. There are currently ten openings on the committee and we would like to fill them quickly. The CIC is always seeking to diversify its membership to reflect the communities impact by County decisions.

4. Residential Infill Project: Residential Infill Project Concept Report now available; http://www.portlandonline.com/?c=67729&a=594922. City Council will review the recommendations with a work session on November 1 at 9:30 AM (no testimony) Council Chambers at City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Avenue. City Council public hearings scheduled for November 9 at 2 PM time certain and 16. Proposals are supposed to reduce the scale of houses and help create more housing choices. City Council will give staff direction to develop zoning code amendments through a legislative process that will occur through 2017. See the project website at www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/infill for project updates; you can sign up to receive E-Updates roughly every month. https://app.e2ma.net/app2/audience/signup/1790310/1362558/?v=a. The Planning and Sustainability Commission will be briefed on the project, but will not take testimony or vote.

5. Gateway Park HumanSolutions Mixed Use Development Project Focus Group Invitation: November 10th 6 – 7 PM at IRCO small meeting room, 10301 NE Glisan St.. Space is limited– Please RSVP to: Mary-Rain O’Meara: momeara@humansolutions.org  or 503-548-0284. November 16th, 2016: Project Open House , 6:00-7:30 PM, IRCO large meeting room, 10301 NE Glisan St. Please check the project website for updates: http://humansolutions.org/gateway-park/

6. Public Hearing on Amendments to the City of Portland Comprehensive Plan Early Implementation Package: November 17, 2 p.m., City Hall Council Chambers, 1221 SW 4th Ave.

7. Multnomah County Public Health Advisory Board Needs New Members:   Apply online. Currently, the Board meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 4:30-6:00pm. Are you passionate about the health of everyone in our county? Do you want to be part of community efforts to improve public health and achieve health equity? If so, we’re looking for you!  The Board advises Health Department leaders on strategic priorities and emerging issues in public health.