Department of Health, Oklahoma

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The Department of Health is an agency in Oklahoma.

The stated purpose of the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is to protect and promote the health and safety of Oklahomans. The primary focus of the department is disease prevention. OSDH operates four major service branches in promotion of these goals: Community Health Services, Family Health Services, Disease & Prevention Services and Protective Health Services. The branches support the State's 68 county health departments.[1]

Budget

Budget information is not provided on the department website but can be accessed on the Oklahoma.gov website.[2]

The final budget for fiscal year 2011 was $63,709,238. Total appropriations for fiscal year 2012 are $61,797,96, which reflects a $1,911,277 cut to the agency's funds.

Distribution of funds for fiscal year 2010 were as follows:

Division Allocations
Protective Health Services $55.3M (15%)
Community Health Services $98.6M (27%)
Family Health Services $115.4M (31%)
Disease & Prevention Services $62.7M (17%)
Support Health Services $36.0M (10%)
Total $376.2M

Programs

The Department administers the State's Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program, which supports eligible pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women, infants and young children from families with inadequate income, who are at-risk in terms of their physical and/or mental health because of inadequate nutrition and/or health care.[3]

The State's Medicaid program (SoonerCare) is run through the separate Oklahoma Healthcare Authority, which is tasked with controlling costs of state-purchased health care.[4] Enrollment in the program totaled 719,850, 233,823 adults (32%) and 486,027children (68%).[5]

Transparency

Salary data for department leaders and FOIA procedures are not disclosed. Administrators and contact information is provided for some divisions within the department.[6]

Bid opportunities for the Department are listed, along with State contracts and procurement procedures.[7]


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