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State Faces Challenges to Improving Community Public Health in Florida, Report No. 03-71, December 2003
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  • Over the past 10 years, several key public health outcomes in Florida have improved.  For example, infant mortality and births to teens have been reduced and infectious disease outcomes have improved.  However, despite this improvement, in Fiscal Year 2002-03, the program met legislative standards for only 5 of its 13 PB2 outcome measures.  In addition, Florida falls below the national average on many critical public health indicators.
  • Three barriers impede the Department of Health’s ability to affect the public health of Floridians: many county health departments have not conducted assessments to identify and prioritize local health care needs; the department allocates some funds to county health departments using outdated allocation methodologies; and some county health departments need assistance to identify and garner supplemental funds to address local needs.  In addition, the department can better ensure continuous improvement of health outcomes by modifying its quality improvement process for county health departments and developing a compendium of best practices. 

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Community Public Health
Department of Health (DOH)

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 06-53 Progress Report: Steps Have Been Taken to Improve Community Public Health Infrastructure Throughout Florida,  published in June 2006.
  • Report No. 04-75 Florida’s Public Health Preparedness Has Improved; Further Adjustments Needed, published in November 2004.
  • Report No. 03-18 Justification Review: Counterfeit and Diverted Drugs Threaten Public Health and Waste State Dollars, published in February 2003.

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