Health Reform and Local Health Departments
Opportunities for the CDC
CITPH recently completed research on behalf of CDC to assess the impact of health reform (national, state or local), the economy, and other driving forces on local health departments and agencies, particularly in California. The key output from this research was a report that summarizes the best thinking on key trends, challenges, identifies the opportunities local leaders find most promising to improve access to medical care services, to improve health outcomes, and to contain the cost of health, and provides their suggestions on how CDC (and potentially other components of the federal government) can best assist with realizing them. PHI also provided key recommendations and outlined specific action steps that can be taken by CDC in supporting local health departments as their roles and functions evolve, particularly with regard to achieving broad national health care goals.