Suncoast Health Council vacancies announced

Applications are being accepted to fill two appointments to the Suncoast Health Council. Applications are due by 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023. The application can be found at https://pinellas.gov/boards-councils-and-committees/.

The Suncoast Health Council’s purpose is to plan and advise for the health needs in Paso and Pinellas counties. The Suncoast Health Council board is comprised of 12 members; eight members are appointed by the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners and four are appointed by the Pasco County Board of County Commissioners.

Applications are currently being accepted for Health Care Provider (one appointments) to fill a current term expiring on Sept. 30, 2024. Applications are also being accepted for Health Care Consumer OR Health Care Purchaser (one appointment). This vacancy represents a current 2-year term set to expire March 31, 2023. 

Suncoast Health Council is an independent, private non-profit organization governed by a volunteer Board of Directors to represent the concerns of health care consumers, providers and purchasers in Pinellas and Pasco counties. The Health Council collects and analyzes health care data; describes community health status; identifies health care needs and resources; and works with community partners to design programs and services to respond to current and emerging health care needs. The board is made up of consumers, providers, and purchasers of health care. Members are appointed to specific member categories: Health Care Provider, Health Care Consumer and Health Care Purchaser.

A Health Care Provider is someone who provides health care services, such as a doctor. A Health Care Consumer is defined as an individual who is neither a purchaser nor provider, who receives medical care from licensed practitioners, resides in or receives services from a heath care facility and who may or may not access public and/or private health insurance coverage. A Health Care Purchaser is defined as an individual licensed or authorized to purchase health care services on behalf of individuals and/or groups, such as insurance executives, human resource managers, and business owners purchasing health coverage for employees. A Purchaser may not provide direct medical care, nor may a Purchaser be a retired provider of direct medical care.

Meetings of the Suncoast Health Council are held on the third Wednesday of alternating months, from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Most meetings are held in person in the Madison Building located at 9600 Koger Blvd., St. Petersburg. Board members receive a meeting agenda and related materials approximately 10 days before the meeting date. A meeting binder is also made available to each board member at the meeting. To learn more about the Suncoast Health Council, visit www.suncoasthealthcouncil.org.

The Board of County Commissioners will review all applications and make its selection at an upcoming meeting.

Please Note: All materials submitted to Pinellas County Government are subject to the public records law of the State of Florida.