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Why Regionalize?. Harold Cox Boston University. Responsibilities of Health Departments. Animal/Vector control Disease Prevention Disease Reporting Environmental Health Hazardous/Toxic Substances Community Sanitation Tobacco Control Emergency Preparedness. And Much More.

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why regionalize

Why Regionalize?

Harold Cox

Boston University

responsibilities of health departments
Responsibilities of Health Departments
  • Animal/Vector control
  • Disease Prevention
  • Disease Reporting
  • Environmental Health
  • Hazardous/Toxic Substances
  • Community Sanitation
  • Tobacco Control
  • Emergency Preparedness

And Much More

challenges for public heath
Challenges for Public Heath
  • Most jurisdictions unable to perform the 10 essential services needed to protect a community
public health issues
Public Health Issues
  • Unevenness of Delivery Systems
  • Cross-jurisdictional Issues
benefits of regionalization
Benefits of regionalization
  • Increases capacity
  • Combines expertise and resources
  • Ensures public health services across state
massachusetts
Massachusetts
  • Population: 6.3 million
  • Towns and Cities: 351
  • Local Boards of Health:351
massachusetts preparedness coalitions
Massachusetts Preparedness Coalitions
  • Provide administrative structure to facilitate planning
  • Enable timely and efficient allotment of resources
  • Provide operational public health response system
massachusetts next steps
Massachusetts Next Steps
  • Identify ways to consolidate health functions and health departments
  • Multi-disciplinary committee
  • 21 presentations throughout state
  • Develop clear objectives and strategies
how does regionalization support public health
How does regionalization support public health?
  • What are the benefits of regionalization
  • What are the important components
  • What are the challenges of regionalization
  • State v. Local issues
regionalization questions
Regionalization Questions
  • What is a region?
  • What are the structural, governance, and organizational challenges?