The need for better health care coordination, women's health care and minority resources were discussed at the Bastrop County Public Health Task Force's first meeting Feb. 22.

Among those in attendance were Bastrop County Judge Gregory Klaus and Bastrop Mayor Lyle Nelson.

The setup

The mission of the task force is to achieve the maximum benefit for the largest number of people, said Donna Nichols, Bastrop County Public Health Department interim executive director.

“This is going to be a legacy that's going to benefit the community as it grows,” Bastrop County Public Health Authority Dr. Pompeyo Chavez said at the meeting.

The creation of the task force follows the resolution establishing the Bastrop County Public Health Department in August.

“Our compensation for this work that we're going to do is the legacy that we're gonna leave for this community,” Chavez said. “That's why it's crucial that what we create out of this task force is almost as perfect as we can get it, because it's going to be the foundation of everything that happens after.”

Looking forward

The task force will hold its second meeting at 10 a.m. March 21 at Capital Area Rural Transportation System, or CARTS, headquarters, 5300 Tucker Hill Lane, Cedar Creek. The meetings are open to the public, and community input is encouraged.

The task force aims to present recommendations to county officials by the end of August.