County Public Health and Home Care
the Tama County Board of Health
Sherry Parks, PA-C, Chairman
Dr. Polly Hineman, Vice-Chairman
David Nitz, Member
Sandra Whannel, Member
Mary Huffman, Member
The Tama County Board of Health was formed and convened for
the first time in 1968. This was a result of the Local Health Act of 1967.
Tama County Health Service originated November 18, 1966 as a pilot home health-training
program with a grant from the Office of Economic Opportunity.George Pettingill,
director of Benton, Iowa, Poweshiek and Tama Community Action Program announced
the opening of the Agency supported in part by the AEA grant with added funds
from Tama County and the Jaycees of Tama County.
In February, 1967, the Agency received
word from the Social Security Administration office in Kansas City that they had
met the qualifications for participation in the Health Insurance Benefits Program
(Medicare).This announcement initiated the first Medicare Service in Tama County,
outside physician care.
Current members of the Board of Health include Sherry Parks, PA-C, Chairman, serving since 2006, Dr. Polly Hineman, DO, VIce-Chairman, serving since 2015, David Nitz, serving since 2013, Sandra Whannel, serving since 2014 and Mary Huffman, serving since 2015.