Otero County Commissioners appointed three members to the Southeast Colorado Regional Emergency Trauma Advisory Council (SECRETAC) Monday afternoon, each of whom will serve a two-year term.

Robbie Quick, Arkansas Valley Regional Medical Center, was appointed to fill a recently vacated seat, while Shawn Mobley, Otero County Sheriff, and Aaron Eveatt, La Junta Rural Fire Chief, were re-appointed to the board.

The purpose of SECRETAC is to coordinate the development of a regional EMST system by providing leadership through technical support, educational programs and tools to enhance the Emergency Medical Trauma System network within the Southeastern Colorado region. SECRETAC provides ongoing support to the agencies and facilities within the region by insuring representation to the State Emergency Medical Trauma Advisory Council (SEMTAC) and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). This increases the information pipeline for the region and provides a vital link to identify regional needs to SEMTAC and CDPHE for the continued improvement of this EMST system. The region includes Baca, Bent, Crowley, Kiowa, Otero, and Prowers County.

Each Board of County Commissioners establishes the primary council by the appointment of two general members and one executive board member to represent their County EMST system on the SECRETAC council.

Of note, the board heard a departmental report from Danelle Berg, Otero County Economic Development Coordinator. Berg advised the board of upcoming community meetings, including a broadband grant strategic planning meeting on Aug. 16 and a housing assessment meeting Monday afternoon with Southeast Colorado Economic Development.

Noah Westfall, representing High Plains Research Network, addressed the board, sharing information about a study concerning opioid use disorder and medication assisted treatment.

Commissioners and those in attendance completed a short survey about knowledge, attitudes and beliefs around ipiods and opioid use disorder. The information will be used to develop a strategic plan to enhance public knowledge of opioid abuse.