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Organizational Models at Local and State Levels

A vital element of the health infrastructure that is often overlooked is the state and local Health Department. Explore the various organizational models for public health. These models vary considerably within the country. The health departments in New York State, for example, are free standing, reporting directly to the governor, whereas the health departments in North Carolina and Maryland are part of a "superagency." Some local health departments are an extension of the state health department, while others are autonomous from it, though influenced by the state. Still others are semiautonomous. Any of these departments might be responsible to the city or county government or a combination of them. There are benefits and disadvantages to each of these state and local models.

Prepare for this assignment by reviewing the various organizational models, at the NJ and local levels.

- Describe succinctly how the organizational models at either the state or local level differ in terms of their structure and operation.

- Which organizational model would you most prefer to work in? Support your choice by discussing strengths and weaknesses that are inherent in these organizational models.

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http://nj.gov/health/lh/documents/study_report.pdf

Prepare for this assignment by reviewing the various health organizational models, at the NJ and local levels.

In New Jersey, there is an organizational model that differs from every other state in the union. This model is predicated upon requiring the licensure of Health 5 officers, and in regard to state funding; it is less funding than provided for other states. The state has a diverse healthcare structure that allows for local municipal governments, regional alliances, and county boards to govern over healthcare. There are 112 local health departments, which are responsible for the State's 566 municipalities. As I aforementioned, the state enables municipal health departments, regional health commissions and county health departments. The municipalities in the state can either represent shared services for local public health services or engage in stand-alone municipal health departments.

• Describe succinctly how the organizational models at either the ...

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This solution discusses organizational models at the local and state levels.

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