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Alabama Department of Public Health

The main objectives of the Alabama Department of Public Health are to serve the people of Alabama by assuring conditions in which they can be healthy. The Department is organized into bureaus that focus on a number of health-related issues, including immunization, emergency preparedness, emergency medicine, HIV/AIDS, injury prevention, radiation control, health care facilities, prescription drug monitoring program, WIC, and others.

Review Date: December 06, 2011

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Alaska Department of Health and Social Services

The purpose of the Division of Public Health is to use the best scientific knowledge to set public policy, and assure provision of services, which guarantee the health of all Alaskans, that they may live free lives with optimal well-being. The following sections are included in the division: Director's Office, Emergency Programs, Epidemiology, Women’s, Children’s & Family Health, Chronic Disease Prevention & Health Promotion, Health Planning & Systems Development, State Laboratory, State Medical Examiner’s Office, Public Health Nursing and Vital Statistics.

Review Date: December 05, 2011

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Arizona Department of Health Services

The Arizona Department of Health Services administers mental health, disease control, environmental health, and family health services in Arizona. The Office of Health Education provides technical assistance and consultation to health education activities throughout the State, develops and disseminates health education materials, conducts workshops to train health educators and other health professionals, operates a public health reference library and a free media-loan library, offers CD-Rom database searching to general public including training, and sponsors health education conferences.

Review Date: August 29, 2011

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Arkansas Department of Health

The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) mission is to promote public health policies and practices that assure a healthy quality of life for Arkansans. ADH is comprised of ten business units, including five public health regions that support services provided in 94 local health units across the state. ADH offers services focused on six priority areas that include: providing personal health services in local health clinics and in the homes of qualified patients who are acutely, chronically or terminally ill; educating and monitoring industries that impact the public’s health, such as food service, water systems, individual sewage systems, and health facilities; providing guidance, leadership and technical assistance to local Hometown Health Improvement Initiatives working to improve the health of communities; promoting healthy behaviors through the Healthy Arkansas Initiative; responding to public health emergencies through bioterrorism preparedness, communicable disease, and emergency response programs; and monitoring and investigating public health trends and problems.

Review Date: August 29, 2011

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California Department of Public Health

The California Department of Public Health was established by Senate Bill 162 on July 1, 2007 within the existing Health and Human Services Agency. The goals of the California Department of Public Health are to improve access to quality public health services, to improve health outcomes and to reduce health care costs through prevention with services such as disease screenings and vaccinations, and patient safety initiatives.

Review Date: August 29, 2011

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Colorado Department of Human Services

Colorado Department of Human Services consists of over 7,500 county or state employees dedicated to providing human services to Colorado residents. It provides services through 63 county or district departments of social services, 2 State Maternal Health Institutes, 10 Youth Corrections Facilities, 5 Nursing Homes, 28 Vocational Rehabilitation Offices, 3 regional Centers for persons with developmental disabilities, and numerous community-based public and private providers. In addition CDHS contracts with several agencies to provide human services. CDHS also administers and provides oversight for a variety of federally funded programs. The Department has five goals, or desired outcomes, for the individuals and families who receive services. they are: economic self-sufficiency; family and community connections; health and rehabilitation; independent living; and safety.

Review Date: August 30, 2011

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Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is charged with protecting and maintaining the health and environment of the citizens of Colorado. The Department has 13 main health and environment divisions including Family Health Services; Disease Control and Environmental Epidemiology; Consumer Protection; Hazardous Materials and Waste Management; Water and Air Pollution Control; Radiation Control; Health Statistics and Vital Records; Health Facilities; the Rocky Flats Program (coordinates the state's oversight of the Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant northwest of Denver); Emergency Medical Services; Laboratory Division -- chemistry, microbiology, alcohol testing, and newborn screening sections, and a toxicology program; and the Division of Prevention Programs.

Review Date: August 30, 2011

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Connecticut Department of Public Health

The Department of Public Health (DPH) is the state's leader in public health policy and advocacy. The agency is the center of a comprehensive network of public health services, and is a partner to local health departments for which it provides advocacy, training and certification, technical assistance and consultation, and specialty services such as risk assessment that are not available at the local level. The agency is a source of accurate, up-to-date health information to the Governor, the Legislature, the federal government and local communities; this information is used to monitor the health status of Connecticut's residents, set health priorities and evaluate the effectiveness of health initiatives. The agency is a regulator focused on health outcomes, maintaining a balance between assuring quality and administrative burden on the personnel, facilities and programs regulated. The agency is a leader on the national scene through direct input to federal agencies and the United States Congress.

Review Date: April 01, 2011

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Delaware Health and Social Services-DHSS

The mission of the Delaware Health and Social Services (DHSS) is to protect and enhance the health of the people of Delaware by working together with others; addressing issues that affect the health of Delaware; keeping track of the State's health; promoting positive lifestyles; responding to critical health issues and disasters; and promoting the availability of health services.

Review Date: December 29, 2011

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District of Columbia Department of Health

The District of Columbia Department of Health provides an extensive range of health care services, human services, and information materials. Direct health services include blood tests, cardiac and chest clinics, dental services, eye clinics, tuberculosis clinics, diabetic screening, and venereal disease clinics, among others. Alcohol and drug abuse prevention and treatment activities are provided by the Department. Child services include a disabled children's unit, child abuse prevention and control, day care services, and assistance for children with speech problems. Maternal and child health services, geriatric services, school health services, and mental health services are provided by the Department. The Department also maintains a rape and sexual assault crisis center, a suicide prevention line, and an information and referral center. The Department maintains hotlines for child abuse and neglect, drug emergency, families and children in trouble, poison control, protective services, rape crisis center, suicide prevention, and AIDS.

Review Date: January 13, 2012

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Florida Department of Health

The mission of the Florida Department of Public Health is to protect, promote & improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county, & community efforts. Florida's public health and related agencies take on three main roles: 1) Health Protection - Environmental conditions, some occurring naturally and others manmade, have an effect upon the well-being of Florida's inhabitants. These effects are often of such magnitude and complexity that only government can mount an adequate response. Contamination of the air, ground, water, and food may cause disease or death. Public health tries to prevent or contain such contamination. 2) Health Promotion and Disease Prevention - Prevention is the key to success in public health. Health promotion and education programs are designed to inform individuals about positive ways in which they can preserve or restore their own health-smoking cessation, moderation in alcohol consumption, proper diet and exercise, wearing seat belts,, etc. Disease intervention programs work to stop the transmission of diseases from a carrier to others by immunizing people against certain diseases, treating new cases as they occur and isolating carriers if necessary, and finding and testing people who have been in contact with an infected patient to administer the proper treatment before the disease becomes contagious. 3) Health Treatment - Health care of the sick and disabled is a role that public health undertakes when individuals are too poor or otherwise lack access to health care services.

Review Date: January 31, 2013

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Georgia Division of Public Health

The Georgia Division of Public Health is responsible for the administration and delivery of extensive health care services and public health functions. The Division's services include child health, dental health, family services, immunizations, maternal and infant care, the WIC program (nutrition services for women, infant and children), sewage/water/institutional inspections, food service inspections, sexually transmitted disease control, AIDS prevention and surveillance, TB control, stroke and heart attack prevention programs, diabetes program, older adult and rehabilitation programs. Children's medical services, nutrition, pharmaceutical services, occupational health and injury control, laboratory services, emergency health, the primary health care system, environmental and infectious disease epidemiological surveillance (including rabies and refugee programs); and vital records and health statistics are also part of the department's function.

Review Date: April 07, 2011

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Hawaii Department of Health

The Department of Health (DOH) believes that health, that optimal state of physical, mental, social and environmental well-being, is a right and responsibility of all of Hawaii's people. The DOH aims to prevent disease and injury, promotes health and well-being, healthy lifestyles and workplaces, and the strength and integrity of families and communities. The DOH ensures that core public health functions - assessment, policy, and assurance - are implemented or maintained; federal mandates, including court-ordered settlements are satisfied; resources are directed at those problems that pose the greatest risk to the public's health and the environment; appropriate and cost-effective resources are dispersed geographically and the health department is the service provider of last resort for uninsurable populations and where there is no other satisfactory alternative.

Review Date: January 06, 2012

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Idaho Department of Health and Welfare

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) was created in 1974 to provide for the health and human services needs of the people of Idaho. The DHW offers programs that deal with complex social, economic and individual issues, often helping people in crisis situations. The programs are designed to strengthen families and promote self-reliance.

Review Date: December 29, 2011

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Illinois Department of Public Health

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is responsible for protecting the state's 12.4 million residents, as well as countless visitors, through the prevention and control of disease and injury. The Department's nearly 200 programs touch virtually every age, aspect and cycle of life. Some of the services provided by the IDPH are vaccinations to protect children against disease; testing to assure the safety of food, water and drugs; licensing to ensure quality health care in hospitals and nursing homes; investigations to control the outbreak of infectious diseases; collection and evaluation of health statistics to develop prevention and regulatory programs; screening newborns for genetic diseases; programs to meet the special health needs of women. Combined, these vital programs and services make up Illinois' public health system, a system that bears major responsibility for the quality of life in the state.

Review Date: January 11, 2012

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Indiana State Department of Health

The Indiana State Department of Health supports Indiana's economic prosperity and quality of life by promoting, protecting and providing for the health of Hoosiers in their communities. The Department is also responsible for the administration of two special institutions--the Indiana Veterans' Home and the Soldiers' and Sailors' Children's Home. The Indiana Family Helpline links residents with maternal and child health services, WIC services, and other support services throughout Indiana.

Review Date: June 21, 2011

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Iowa Department of Public Health

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) partners with local public health, policymakers, health care providers, businesses and many others to fulfill our mission of promoting and protecting the health of Iowans. IDPH is organized into six divisions and the Director's office. The director is the spokesperson and advocate for public health in Iowa and acts as a liaison to local boards of health, local public health agencies, health care providers, and consumers. The director also represents the department in a variety of national organizations and works with policymakers at the local, state, national and international levels. The other divisions include: The Iowa Dental Board, the Iowa Board of Medicine, the Iowa Board of Nursing, the Iowa Board of Pharmacy, the Office of the State Medical Examiner, and the State Board of Health.

Review Date: February 05, 2013

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Kansas Department of Health and Environment

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment was created in 1974 to replace the Kansas State Board of Health, established in 1885. The Department consists of the Office of the Secretary with all supporting services, a Division of Health with eight bureaus, the Center for Health Equity and the Center for Performance Management, and a Division of Environment with six bureaus and six regional offices. There are two support bureaus -- Epidemiology and Public Health Informatics and the Kansas Health and Environmental Laboratory -- which provide information resource management and laboratory assistance to the other divisions and the general public. The Office of Vital Statistics, within the Epidemiology and Public Health Informatics is responsible for registering births, deaths, marriages and divorces and issuing appropriate certificates.

Review Date: January 31, 2013

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Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) is home to most of the state's human services and health care programs, including Medicaid, the Department for Community Based Services and the Department for Public Health. The CHFS consists of several agencies with various functions from internal administration to programs and direct services. The CHFS offers programs and services for seniors, families, adults and children.

Review Date: January 11, 2012

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Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals

The mission of the Department of Health and Hospitals(DHH) is to protect and promote health and to ensure access to medical, preventive and rehabilitative services for all citizens of the State of Louisiana. The DHH fulfills its mission through direct provision of quality services, the development and stimulation of services of others, and the utilization of available resources in the most effective manner.

Review Date: January 05, 2012

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Maine Department of Health and Human Services

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services provides an array of health and human services to the State's citizens. The Department is divided into a number of bureaus and units, including: Elder and Adult Services, Child and Family Services, Family Independence, Medical Services and Health. The latter administers the Department's public health services. Some of its divisions include: Health Promotion and Education, Child Health, Disease Control, Public Health Nursing, Health Engineering and Dental Health. The Department is divided into three regions, with local offices throughout the State.

Review Date: July 30, 2009

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Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

The mission of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is to protect and promote the health of the public by creating healthy people in healthy communities; to strengthen partnerships between state and local governments, the business community and all health care provides in Maryland; and to build a world class organization grounded in the principles of quality and learning, accountability, cultural sensitivity and efficiency. The Health care delivery system in Maryland consists of public and private hospitals, nursing homes, outpatient clinics, home health care services, hospices, providers (such as physicians, dentists, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants) health educators, other health professionals, and many others.

Review Date: January 05, 2012

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Massachusetts Department of Health and Human Services

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) is mandated by State law to "maintain, protect, and improve the health and well being of the people." To do this, DHP is divided into a central office in Boston, five district health offices and four public health hospitals located throughout the State, and the State Laboratory Institute. Major health related offices within DPH are: Family and Community Health, Substance Abuse Services, HIV/AIDS, Environmental Health, Communicable Diseases, Health Statistics, Hospitals, and Health Quality Systems. Several management, planning, and legal affairs offices are also a part of the DPH organization. A number of toll-free numbers for Massachusetts are operated by programs of the Department.

Review Date: January 31, 2013

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Michigan Department of Community Health

The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) is one of 18 principal departments of state government. The department, the largest in state government, is responsible for health policy and management of the state's publicly-funded health service systems. An estimated 1.5 million Michigan residents will receive services this year that are provided with total or partial support from MDCH. The department was created by an executive order issued on January 31, 1996 by Michigan Governor John Engler. The executive order consolidated the Department of Public Health, the Department of Mental Health and the Medical Services Administration, the state's Medicaid agency. The Office of Drug Control Policy and the Office of Services to the Aging were consolidated with MDCH in subsequent executive orders.

Review Date: July 28, 2009

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Minnesota Department of Health

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is responsible for protecting, maintaining and improving the health of Minnesotans. The department operates programs in the areas of disease prevention and control, health promotion, community public health, environmental health, health care policy, and registration of health care providers. The department is divided into two bureaus: the Health Systems and Special Populations Bureau which includes the Divisions of Community Health Services, Family Health, Health policy and Systems Compliance, and Facility and Provider Compliance; and the Health Protection Bureau includes the Divisions of Environmental Health, Disease Prevention and Control, Public Health Laboratory, and Finance and Administration. Under he Office of the Commissioner are the offices of Public Affairs; Policy; Minority Health; Budget and Legislation; and Human Resource Management.

Review Date: September 22, 2010

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Mississippi State Department of Health

The Mississippi State Department of Health aims to assist every community in the state to achieve the best possible health status for its citizens. The agency carries out this mission through investing in the core functions of public health: assessing health status indicators of the state's population to document each community's health needs and conduct epidemiological and other studies of specific health problems; developing and promoting public health policy and supporting strategies that protect the state's citizens from unsanitary conditions related to the environment and that emphasize healthy lifestyles and the prevention of morbidity and mortality associated with disease and illness; and assuring access to essential health services. The State Department of Health includes four offices, in addition to the Office of the State Health Officer, 9 multi-county public health districts, and 82 county health departments.

Review Date: February 05, 2013

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Missouri State Department of Health and Senior Services

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services plans, coordinates, and delivers a variety of public health services to Missourians. These services, many of which are delivered by agencies or organizations funded by the Department, include maternal and, child health care, and services for children with special health care needs; dental health care services; immunization programs; sexually transmitted disease control programs; tuberculosis control programs; community sanitation and radiological health programs; support for emergency medical services and training for personnel; epidemiology and disease surveillance; community health nursing and home health care programs; laboratory services; licensing of hospitals; licensing of health care and day care facilities; chronic disease prevention programs; and nutrition education.

Review Date: October 27, 2011

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Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services

The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services improves and protects the health, well-being and self-reliance of all Montanans by implementing public health programs and enforcing public health laws and regulations. It assesses health care needs and problems, develops and implements programs to meet health needs and alleviate problems in cooperation with local and private sources, and evaluates current problems. The Department has four broad goals: all Montana children are wanted, safe, and living in healthy families; all Montanans are healthy and safe from injury and have access to high-quality health care; all Montanans have the tools they need to be as self-sufficient as possible; and all Montanans can contribute to these goals through community giving and service.

Review Date: June 27, 2008

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Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services

On March 15, 2007, Governor Dave Heineman signed into law Legislative Bill 296, which merged the three agencies of the Health and Human Services System into one Department of Health and Human Services. The change became effective July 1, 2007. The organizational structure of the Department of Health and Human Services includes a Chief Executive Officer who is appointed by the Governor and subject to confirmation by a majority vote of the members of the Legislature. The department has six divisions: Behavioral Health, Children and Family Services, Developmental Disabilities, Medicaid and Long-Term Care, Public Health, and Veterans’ Homes. The directors of the divisions are also appointed by the Governor and subject to confirmation by a majority vote of the members of the Legislature. The division directors report to the CEO. A Chief Operating Officer, in charge of Operations that support the Department, also reports to the CEO. The Division of Behavioral Health administers state hospitals for the mentally ill and publicly funded community-based behavioral health services. The Division of Children and Family Services includes protection and safety programs and services (child welfare, juvenile services), economic and family support programs and services, and the service areas. The Division of Developmental Disabilities consists of the Beatrice State Developmental Center and publicly-funded community-based developmental disabilities services. The Division of Medicaid and Long-Term Care administers the Medicaid program, aging services, and other related programs and services. The Division of Public Health includes preventive and community health programs and services, regulation and licensure of health-related professions and occupations, regulation and licensure of health care facilities, and health care services. The Division of Veterans’ Homes includes the Eastern Nebraska Veterans’ Home, Grand Island Veterans’ Home, Norfolk Veterans’ Home and Western Nebraska Veterans’ Home. Operations areas report to the Chief Operating Officer and include Communications and Legislative Services, Financial Services, Human Resources and Staff Development, Information Systems and Technology, Legal and Regulatory Services, and Support Services.

Review Date: November 15, 2011

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Nevada State Health Division

The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) promotes the health and well-being of Nevadans and visitors through the delivery and facilitation of essential services. The goal of DHHS is to strengthen families, protect public health, and assist individuals in achieving the highest level of self-sufficiency. Contact DHHS with any questions or specific needs.

Review Date: October 13, 2011

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New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is the largest agency in New Hampshire state government, responsible for the health, safety and well being of the citizens of New Hampshire. DHHS provides services for individuals, children, families and seniors and administers programs and services such as mental health, developmental disability, substance abuse and public health. This is accomplished through partnerships with families, community groups, private providers, other state and local government entities, and many citizens throughout the State who help make New Hampshire a special place in which to live.

Review Date: April 24, 2014

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New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services

The mission of the State of New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services is to foster accessible and high-quality health and senior services to help all people in New Jersey achieve optimal health, dignity and independence. The department works to prevent disease, promote and protect well-being at all life stages and encourage informed choices that enrich quality of life for individuals and communities. The department seeks to accomplish its mission through leadership, collaborative partnerships, accountability, advocacy - especially for the neediest people - and a strong commitment to informing and serving the diverse consumers of this state.

Review Date: June 26, 2008

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New Mexico Department of Health

The New Mexico Department of Health coordinates the delivery of health services through its 50 local health offices. Services are generally free of charge and include health screening, counseling, information, referrals, education, limited medical care, and follow-up in the following areas: cancer prevention, tuberculosis, risk reduction, immunizations, venereal disease, reproductive services, prenatal care, child health, nutrition education, worksite health promotion, and children's medical services. The Division also operates the state's Office of Epidemiology, provides emergency medical services systems support, and coordinates chronic disease prevention and control programs, provides technical support for community based clinics, and develops and supports school health services, records vital statistics, and provides consultation to service providers. The Division conducts health education programs and health promotion for the disabled.

Review Date: June 27, 2008

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New York State Department of Health

The New York Department of Health ensures that high quality appropriate health services are available to all New York State residents at a reasonable cost. Department functions and responsibilities include: promoting and supervising public health activities throughout New York State; ensuring high quality medical care in a sound and cost effective manner for all residents; reducing infectious diseases such as food and waterborne illnesses, hepatitis, HIV, meningitis, sexually transmitted infections, tuberculosis, vaccine-preventable diseases and chronic disabling illnesses such as heart disease, cancer, stroke and respiratory diseases; directing a variety of health-related homeland security measures in conjunction with the New York State Office of Homeland Security. As part of this mission, the Department works with the State’s health care community to ensure appropriate readiness and response to potential health threats.

Review Date: October 26, 2011

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North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

The mission of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is to serve the people of North Carolina by enabling individuals, families, and communities to be healthy and secure, and to achieve social and economic well-being. To achieve this mission the Department will: provide comprehensive and coordinated services for prevention, intervention, assistance, education, and empowerment; ensure equal access to services; be accountable for achieving meaningful results; continuously improve service delivery by involving citizens; and support and develop employees as diverse, invaluable resources.

Review Date: July 09, 2008

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North Dakota Department of Health

The primary goal of the North Dakota Department of Health is to ensure that the state is a healthy place to live and that each person has an equal opportunity to enjoy good health. The Department is composed of six sections. The Health Resources Section is divided into the divisions of Emergency Medical Services, Health Facilities and Food and Lodging. The Medical Services Section consists of Division of Disease Control and Microbiology as well as the state forensic examiner and the field medical officers. The Community Health Section includes the divisions of Family Health, Injury Prevention and Control, Nutrition and Physical Activity, Cancer Prevention and Control, Chronic Disease, and Tobacco Prevention and Control. The Environmental Health Section consists of Chemistry, Air Quality, Municipal Facilities, Waste Management, and Water Quality. Other sections Administrative Support and Emergency Preparedness and Response.

Review Date: June 27, 2008

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Ohio Department of Health

The Ohio Department of Health coordinates and plans health services, offers consultation and technical assistance to service providers, directly provides a variety of health services, and conducts public and professional education programs. Consultation is available to local agencies and providers on program development in the areas of maternal and child health, disabled children, environmental health, preventive medicine, radiation protection, sanitation, school health education, and emergency medical services. Directly provided health care services include maternal and child nutrition, outreach and team management for children with disabilities, demonstration dental health prevention projects. The Department operates special programs involving hemophilia, venereal disease, immunizations, veterinary health, lead poisoning, and sudden infant death syndrome.

Review Date: June 27, 2008

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Oklahoma State Department of Health

The Oklahoma Department of Health provides consultation, information, and diagnostic and treatment services through programs in local health departments and through its central office. The Health Education and Information Service maintains a film library and maintains and distributes a comprehensive library of pamphlets, booklets, and brochures. This service also prepares public service announcements and news releases on Department services and health problems and implements campaigns against health problems. The Information and Referral line answers questions relating to health and provides referrals to the proper agencies and resources; it also administers the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. Other programs include Maternal and Child Health Service; Dental Service; Occupational health, domiciliary facilities inspections, chronic disease, and emergency medical care.

Review Date: June 27, 2008

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Oregon Department of Human Services- Health Services

The mission of the public health office of the Department of Human Services is to protect, preserve and promote the health of all the people of Oregon. To prevent unnecessary death and disability, improve the health status, and reduce the per-capita cost of illness care for all Oregonians. DHS- Health Services are responsible for assuring the availability and the quality of public health services in all parts of Oregon. Most program services are provided in partnership with local health departments, while technical support, consultation, and some direct services are provided from the state level.

Review Date: June 27, 2008

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Pennsylvania Department of Health

The Pennsylvania Department of Health's mission is identified through its slogan "....in pursuit of good health," and all its activities are defined by its functions: health needs assessment, resource development, assuring access to health care, promoting health and disease prevention, assuring quality, and providing leadership in the area of health planning and policy development. The department is responsible for planning and coordinating health resources throughout the Commonwealth. It licenses and regulates a variety of health facilities, such as hospitals, nursing homes, ambulatory surgical facilities and other in-patient and out-patient facilities. In addition, the Department supports outreach, education, prevention and treatment services across a variety of program areas. Grants and subsidies to community-based groups are used to provide essential services to the Commonwealth's citizens including programs for women and children, nutrition, immunization, diagnosis and treatment of certain blood and communicable diseases, cancer control and prevention and the prevention and treatment of substance abuse.

Review Date: July 15, 2008

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Rhode Island Department of Health

The Department of Health is a multifaceted state agency with broad-ranging public health responsibilities. The vision statement of the Department of Health is for all people in Rhode Island to have the opportunity to live a safe and healthy life in a safe and healthy community. The mission of the department is to prevent disease and to protect and promote the health and safety of the people of Rhode Island. The Department's programs include: Central Management, Office of the State Medical Examiner, Family Health, Health Services Regulation, Environmental Health, Health Laboratories, Disease Prevention and Control, and Substance Abuse. An automated database contains files on vital statistics, health manpower, health facilities, hospital utilization, ambulatory and long-term care, health interview surveys, population, aggregate health expenditures, and statewide cancer information.

Review Date: July 15, 2008

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South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) was formed in 1973 as the agency responsible for advising the State in matters pertaining to health and the environment. It has the authority to monitor, control, and prevent pollution, unsanitary conditions, and the spread of communicable disease. DHEC's programs focus on personal health services, environmental regulatory activities, and health regulatory activities. Personal health services include maternal and child health care, chronic and communicable disease care, home health care, and migrant health care. SERVICE LIMITATIONS: Materials will be sent free of charge to residents of South Carolina. Sample copies will be sent to out-of-State requestors, except materials for which there is a fee.

Review Date: April 20, 2009

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South Dakota Department of Health

The mission of the South Dakota Department of Health is to promote, protect and improve the health and well-being of all South Dakotans. The department provides and funds direct health care services such as community health nursing, maternal and child health programs, nutrition programs, children's special health services, communicable disease control, and disease prevention activities. It licenses restaurants and lodging establishments and surveys and licenses/certifies health care facilities such as hospitals, nursing homes, home health agencies and others. It works to improve health services in rural areas through physician recruitment, community assessment, technical assistance and other services. It maintains the state's vital records and its public health laboratory provides medical, environmental and forensics testing.

Review Date: June 21, 2011

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Tennessee Department of Health

The Department of Health works to insure the quality care through the licensure and regulation of health professionals, such as doctors, nurses, and dentists, and of health care facilities, such as hospitals and nursing homes. Prevention, intervention and treatment services help those who are at risk for alcohol and other drug problems and those who are chemically dependent. The department also plays a critical role in assuring that personal health care services are available when and where people need them and are accessible despite economic and geographic barriers. The Department provides a variety of services for all age groups through local health departments across the state, ranging from well-child visits and immunizations, to education.

Review Date: July 15, 2008

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Texas Department of State Health Services

Texas Department of State Health services focus on preventing disease, protecting health, and promoting safe and healthy living. The Department consists of a public health network that includes local, regional, and state offices. Bureaus of the Department include: Human Resources, State Health Data and Policy Analysis, Office of Regional Administrative Services, Community Oriented Primary Care, Dental Health, Women and Children, Chronic Disease Prevention and Control, Communicable Disease Control, Epidemiology, HIV and STD Control, Emergency Management, and Vital Statistics.

Review Date: July 30, 2009

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Texas Health and Human Services Commission

The Texas Health and Human Commission (HHSC) provides oversight for the state’s health and human services agencies and programs. In addition, HHSC directly administers programs that provide assistance to low-income Texans. HHSC administers and determines eligibility for Medicaid, Food Stamps, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF). The agency also administers nutritional programs, services for victims of family violence, and programs that provide disaster assistance.

Review Date: June 14, 2011

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Utah Department of Health

The Utah Department of Health offers health services and protection to Utah residents. The divisions include Community Health Services, Health Care Resources, Health Care Financing, Family Health Services, State Health Laboratory, and State Medical Examiner. The Department of Health sponsors two toll-free hotlines. The Utah Health Line (1-800-472-4716) provides free information on public health programs, medical services, and health resources, making referrals to the appropriate agency. The Pregnancy Riskline (1-800-822-2229) provides education and counseling about the risks of drug and environmental exposures during pregnancy.

Review Date: July 15, 2008

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Vermont Department of Health

The Vermont Department of Health (VDH) is the state's public health agency. The Department provides preventive and promotional maternal and child health services; prenatal care; diagnostic, counseling, referral, and followup services for children suspected of developmental disabilities; rehabilitation services for handicapped children; an early periodic screening, diagnosis, and treatment (EPSDT) program for Medicaid-eligible persons under age 22; immunization assistance programs; cancer prevention and control services; nutrition services; dental health services; training programs for emergency medical technicians, occupational and radiological health services; environmental protection; food and lodging facility inspection; communicable disease control; toxicology services, and training programs and technical assistance for town health officers.

Review Date: July 16, 2008

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Virginia Department of Health

The Virginia Department of Health is an umbrella organization responsible for comprehensive planning and delivery of a wide variety of public health programs and family health services. Specific programs and services include water sanitation management, dissemination of toxic substance information, immunizations, disease control, supplemental nutrition programs, dental health services, maternal and child health services, public health clinics, home health services, crippled children services, and implementation of health promotion programs.

Review Date: July 16, 2008

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Washington State Department of Health

The Washington State Department of Health has responsibility for the administration of public health programs for Washington. The following community-based programs and services are funded or provided: communicable and chronic disease epidemiology; vital records; AIDS education, testing, and surveillance; primary care; laboratory services; radiation protection; adult dental services;immunization programs; venereal diseases programs and services; tuberculosis programs and services; environmental services; emergency medical services programs; health education; birth defects detection and counseling services; diabetes services; and hypertension programs. The Division's responsibilities include the regulation of hospitals and health facilities. Basic and refresher training programs for emergency medical technicians and paramedics are offered.

Review Date: July 15, 2008

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West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Public Health

The Bureau for Public Health directs public health activities at all levels within the state to fulfill the core functions of public health: the assessment of community health status and available resources; policy development resulting in proposals to support and encourage better health; and assurance that needed services are available, accessible, and of acceptable quality.

Review Date: July 14, 2014

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Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services

The Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services administers health programs to promote the health of Wisconsin residents in the areas of maternal and child health, dental health, and disease (acute, communicable and chronic) prevention. Other Division services include facilities regulation, health information and referral, statistical data gathering, vital records and medical assistance programs. Educational pamphlets are provided on request to educators and residents of Wisconsin.

Review Date: July 14, 2008

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Wyoming Department of Health

The Wyoming Department of Health administers and provides services in vital statistics, health planning, community mental health, dental health, preventive medicine, and child health. Administrative services include program evaluation, medical facility licensing, and program management services. Direct service programs include a film library, school dental screening, continuing education, immunizations, laboratory tests, and venereal disease control.

Review Date: July 30, 2009

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