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Citizens Healthcare Oversight Committee

The Polk County Board of County Commissioners created the Citizens' Healthcare Oversight Committee to ensure the integrity of the expenditure of the Indigent Health Care Sales Tax funds for the Polk HealthCare Plan, and to provide a forum for resident participation in health care planning.

The Citizens' Healthcare Oversight Committee meets the fourth Friday of each quarter (March, June, September & December) from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. in County Commission Board Room located at 330 W. Church St. in Bartow, unless otherwise specified.

Board Members

  • Christina Criser Jackson, Quality of Life Health Professional, Sept. 30, 2025
  • Cauney Bamberg, Business Community, March 1, 2025
  • Steve Bissonnette, Senior Citizens, March 1, 2025
  • Dr. Daniel Haight, Primary Care Physician, April 5, 2025
  • Linda King, School Board Representative, July 31, 2023
  • Pauline Simmonds-Brown, Minority Representative, Sept. 14, 2025
  • Dr. Joy Jackson, Public Health Director (or designee), June 22, 2027
  • Heather Gordon, Health Care Clinics, Aug. 31, 2026
  • Ann Barnhart, Hospital Executive, Sept. 30, 2025
  • Liz Antaya, Health Insurance Industry, Sept. 30, 2025
  • Dr. Peter Verrill, Practicing Physician, Sept. 18, 2025
  • Tracy Gray, Children's Interest, Sept. 30, 2025
  • Stacy Campbell-Domineck, Work Force Skilled Labor, Sept. 30, 2025

Qualifications for Board Members / How to Apply

The Citizens' Healthcare Oversight Board shall appoint members of the committee to serve a four-year term. Each Commissioner shall appoint two (2) members representing the respective interest groups. In addition, the Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners shall appoint two (2) additional members to the Committee. The Polk County School Board or School Superintendent shall appoint a representative member. Upon appointment, each member may serve successive terms beyond the four year term (Resolution No. 23-057).

Become a Member Application

Members of the Citizens' Healthcare Oversight Board should represent the following areas:

  • Health care clinics
  • Business community
  • Work force skilled labor
  • Senior citizens
  • Specialist Physicians
  • Children's interests
  • Primary care physicians
  • Quality of life professional
  • Minority representatives
  • School board
  • Public Health
  • Hospitals
  • Health insurance industry

Funding Requests

The Citizen's HealthCare Oversight Committee has approved a standard procedure for funding requests. The procedures are not applicable to funding designated for mandated programs or the Polk HealthCare Plan. Agency's may submit a request for new funding or request modification to previously awarded funds. Both require completion of the Funding Request form (Appendix A). Funding requests will only be accepted during the period of December through February of each fiscal year.

Meetings and Agendas

Please note, agendas for the meetings are tentative and subject to change prior to the meeting

May 17, 2019May 2019 COC Agenda
June 21, 2019June 2019 COC Agenda
July 19, 2019July 2019 COC Agenda
Aug. 16, 2019August 2019 COC Agenda
Sept. 20, 2019September 2019 COC Agenda
Oct. 18, 2019October 2019 COC Agenda
Nov. 15, 2019November 2019 COC Agenda
Dec. 20, 2019December 2019 COC Agenda
Jan. 17, 2020January 2020 COC Agenda
Feb. 21, 2020February 2020 COC Agenda
March 20, 2020March 2020 COC Agenda
April 17, 2020April 2020 COC Agenda
May 15, 2020Meeting Cancelled
June 19, 2020June 2020 COC Agenda
July 17, 2020Meeting Cancelled
Aug. 21, 2020August 2020 COC Agenda
Sept. 18, 2020September 2020 COC Agenda
Oct. 16, 2020October 2020 COC Agenda
Nov. 20, 2020November 2020 COC Agenda
Dec. 18, 2020

December 2020 COC Agenda

March 19, 2021March 2021 COC Agenda
June 18, 2021June 2021 COC Agenda
Sept. 17, 2021September 2021 COC Agenda
Dec. 17, 2021December 2021 COC Agenda
Mar. 18, 2022March 2022 COC Agenda
June 17, 2022June 2022 COC Agenda
Sept. 16, 2022September 2022 COC Agenda
Dec. 16, 2022December 2022 COC Agenda
March 24, 2023March 2023 COC Agenda
June 23, 2023June 2023 COC Agenda
Sept. 22, 2023September 2023 COC Agenda
Dec. 5, 2023