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National Profile of Local Health Departments Public Health Systems Research Group Meeting. Patrick M. Libbey Carolyn J. Leep February 8, 2006. 2005 National Profile of Local Health Departments Study. Census – includes all LHDs in U.S. Three prior studies

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National profile of local health departments public health systems research group meeting

National Profile of Local Health Departments Public Health Systems Research Group Meeting

Patrick M. Libbey

Carolyn J. Leep

February 8, 2006


2005 national profile of local health departments study
2005 National Profile of Local Health Departments Study

  • Census – includes all LHDs in U.S.

  • Three prior studies

    • Conducted in 1989, 1992-93, and 1995-96

  • First National Profile to be conducted as web-based survey

  • CDC is primary funder

    • NLM and HRSA support for specific analyses


2005 profile questionnaire
2005 Profile Questionnaire

Structured as Core and Modules

  • Core questionnaire sent to every LHD

    • N = 2864

  • Three different modules

    • Each sent to sample of ~550 LHDs

    • Stratified by population served


Topics in profile core

Governance

Population served

Finances

Characteristics of top executive

LPHA workforce

Activities and services provided

Community health assessment & improvement

Information technology

Topics in Profile Core


Topics in profile modules

Detailed information on:

Finances

LPHA workforce

Community health assessment & improvement

Information technology

Additional Topics:

Performance improvement

Emergency preparedness

Partnerships

Policy-making and advocacy

Addressing health inequities

Topics in Profile Modules



How are profile data used
How are Profile Data Used?

  • By LHDs to benchmark and advocate

  • By state and federal agencies to better understand LPH practice

  • By policymakers addressing LPH issues

  • By NACCHO staff to support programs for LHDs

  • By researchers exploring specific hypotheses


Preview of 2005 profile data
Preview of 2005 Profile Data

  • Data collection completed in November 2005

  • Data cleaning is ongoing

    IMPORTANT NOTE:

    Data presented are preliminary

    .


Who funds local health departments
Who funds local health departments?

  • Examined self-reported data on funding from 1992-93 and 2005 National Profile of Local Health Departments studies

  • Looked for differences in funding sources by:

    • population served

    • jurisdiction (city/town, county, district/region, etc.)

    • state

  • Compared funding sources in 1993 and 2005


National profile of local health departments

1993 National Profile

Mailed survey

N= 2,875

Fielded for 14 months in 1992-93

Response rate = 72%

2005 National Profile

Web-based survey

N=2,864

Fielded for 4 months in 2005

Response rate = 80%

National Profile of Local Health Departments



Revenue sources by state
Revenue Sources by State

  • Large differences in funding patterns by state

  • Both 1993 & 2005 data demonstrate differences


Availability of 2005 profile data
Availability of 2005 Profile Data

  • Researchers can request to purchase Profile data from NACCHO

    • Expected to be available in June 2006

    • Data use policy available at:

      http://www.naccho.org/topics/infrastructure/2005Profile.cfm

  • Carolyn Leep, Profile Program Manager

    [email protected]


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