A Snapshot of California’s Local Public Health Departments


Elizabeth Mertz, Leonard Finocchio

June 1, 1999

This report provides a descriptive overview of local public health departments in California. Data are provided on the size and scope of agencies, characteristics of the population served, managed care interactions, partnerships in the community and the pressing issues for these agencies. This report is intended for public health practitioners, policy makers, researchers and educators who are interested in the changing nature of public health in California. We hope that it will serve as a resource for those interested in understanding and improving the general infrastructure of California’s local health departments.