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More than Half of Local Health Departments Cut Services in First Half of 2011

October 6, 2011 Comments off

More than Half of Local Health Departments Cut Services in First Half of 2011
Source: National Association of County & City Health Officials

According to the results of a new survey released by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), from July 2010 to June 2011, more than half (55 percent) of all local health departments reduced or eliminated at least one program, with services for mothers and children among the hardest hit. Other areas experiencing significant reductions included those designed to protect Americans and keep them safe, including emergency preparedness, immunizations, chronic disease screening, and personal health services such as home health care and mental health services.

Job loss continues. From January-June 2011, more than four out of every 10 (43 percent) local health departments lost at least one employee, as they collectively shed 5,400 jobs. Factoring in reduced hours and mandatory furloughs brought the percentage of local health departments experiencing some type of negative job impact to 52 percent, equal to the percentage of local health departments reporting negative job impact during the full year prior (2010). Since 2008, local health departments have lost a total of 34,400 out of a total 155,000 jobs due to layoffs and attrition.

+ Survey Findings (PDF)

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