Community Health Assessment by Local Health Departments Presence of Epidemiologist, Governance, and Federal and State Funds are Critical
Frontiers in Public Health Services and Systems Research
Using the data from the National Association of County and City Health Officials’ (NACCHO) 2010 Profile of Local Health Departments (LHDs) our study investigates whether or not infrastructural characteristics of LHDs were associated with completion of community health assessment (CHA). Our results show that local and shared LHD governance, greater share of revenue from federal and state sources, smaller population size in LHD jurisdiction, and having an epidemiologist significantly increased the odds of CHA completion in the past, after controlling for community characteristics and other independent variables. These findings have important implications for LHDs, PHAB and its partners.
Shah, Gulzar H., Barbara Laymon, Julia Elligers, Carolyn J. Leep, Christine B. Bhutta.
"Community Health Assessment by Local Health Departments Presence of Epidemiologist, Governance, and Federal and State Funds are Critical."
Frontiers in Public Health Services and Systems Research, 2 (5): University of Kentucky.