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Public Health Emergency Preparedness

Health And Human Services Commission

Purpose of the Commission:

  • Facilitate development of prioritized local health and human services goals and needs;
  • Recommend mechanisms and actions to meet the prioritized goals to the Mayor and Assembly; and
  • Inform the Mayor and Assembly and community on the status of health and human services issues as new strategies are implemented and challenges arise.

Major Activities of the Commission:

  • Facilitating the assessment of local health and human service needs;
  • Facilitating prioritizing needs;
  • Encouraging and supporting action-oriented goals, objectives, and strategies to address needs;
  • Reviewing and commenting on Municipal ordinances related to local health and human services;
  • Reviewing and commenting on policies, practices and legislation related to local health and human services; and
  • Advising the Mayor, the Assembly, and the Director of the Department of Health and Human Services on the above;


Each Commissioner shall be selected on the basis of the following criteria:

  • The Mayor appoints Commissioners.
  • The membership of the Commission shall be broadly representative of the community's principal social, economic, ethnic, age and gender-related characteristics.
  • There are 15 Commission seats.
  • Terms are 3 years; Commissioners can be re-appointed for an additional 3-year term.

Time Committment of Commissioners:

  • There is one monthly meeting -- the second Wednesday of each month. It is held 5:30 - 7:00 pm at the Department of Health & Human Services, 825 L. Street.
  • There are committees that meet occasionally, usually during the workday, for 1 to 1.5 hours.
  • There are oppoportunities for Commissioners to participate in task forces and special committees.
  • Commissioners receive an agenda packet a few days before the monthly meeting. It usually takes less than an hour to review the enclosed materials.
  • The Health & Human Services Commission meets for an annual half-day retreat to identify major issues and develop a work plan for the year.

Staff Support for the Health & Human Services Commission:

Staff support for the Commission is provided by the Planning Office at the Department of Health & Human Services. For more information call 343-4244.

    • Public Health Emergency Preparedness
    • Division Manager: Britteny Matero
    • 825 L Street, Anchorage, AK 99501
    • 907 343-6513