Department of Health, Alabama

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The Department of Public Health is an agency in Alabama.

The purpose of the Alabama Department of Public Health, which operates under the state's Health and Human Services, is to improve and protect public health through disease prevention and ensure public health services to all resident and transient populations, regardless of ability to pay. The State Board of Health, as designated by Alabama law, is the state advisory board of medical, sanitation, and public health matters. The State Committee of Public Health is authorized to act on behalf of the State Board of Health and the State Health Officer is authorized to act on behalf of the State Committee of Public Health when the committee, which meets monthly, is not in session.[1]

Budget

Agency's Budget for the Years 2006-2011[2]


Breakdown of programs and staff for 2006-2007

Program Allocations
Public Health Service Program $471,141,240
Children’s Health Insurance Program $126,755,980
Administrative Services Program $29,275,255
Total $627,172,475

Breakdown of programs and staff for 2007-2008

Program Allocations
Continuing Education for EMT Personnel Program $2,300,000
Public Health Service Program $507,644,300
Children’s Health Insurance Program $145,105,980
Administrative Services Program $29,839,467
Total $684,889,747


Breakdown of programs and staff for 2008-2009

Program Allocations
Continuing Education for EMT Personnel Program $1,602,000
Public Health Service Program $501,465,873
Children’s Health Insurance Program $155,554,163
Administrative Services Program $32,177,143
Total $690,799,179

Breakdown of programs and staff for 2009-2010

Program Allocations
Continuing Education for EMT Personnel Program $1,602,000
Public Health Service Program $501,465,873
Children’s Health Insurance Program $155,554,163
Administrative Services Program $32,177,143
Total $690,799,179


Breakdown of programs and staff for 2010-2011 (Budgeted)

Program Allocations
Continuing Education for EMT Personnel Program $1,515,150
Public Health Service Program $591,627,222
Children’s Health Insurance Program $207,196,275
Administrative Services Program $34,065,095
Total $834,403,742


Breakdown of programs and staff for 2011-2012 (Requested)

Program Allocations
Continuing Education for EMT Personnel Program $1,515,150
Public Health Service Program $612,532,226
Children’s Health Insurance Program $207,357,862
Administrative Services Program $34,640,001
Total $856,045,239

Programs and Services

Programs and services offered by the Public Health Department include Disease Prevention and Control, Emergency Medical Services, Emergency Preparedness, Environmental Services, Family Health, Healthcare Access, Home Health, Injury Prevention, and Violence Prevention and Aid.[3]

The Department also operates the ALL Kids program, which offers low-cost healthcare coverage to children under the age of 19.[4] As of December 2010, 75,246 children were enrolled in the program.[5]

The Department operates the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, which promotes public health and welfare by "detecting diversion, abuse, and misuse of prescription medications."[6]

The Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is a supplemental nutrition program for qualifying pregnant or breastfeeding women or women with infants, as well as children under the age of five[7]

The Alabama Medicaid Agency operates separately from the Department of Public Health within the state's Health and Human Services Department.[8] For fiscal year 2007-2009, 20.1% of the population of Alabama was eligible for Medicaid.[9] Total expenditures for 2009 came to $4,732,980,648.[10] The budget for fiscal year 2010 totaled $4,910,814,203 and the requested budget for fiscal year 2011 $5,302,113,045.[2]

Transparency

Annual reports including the department's activities, as well as a breakdown of funding and contact information for the state's public health officers, are available on the department website.[11]

Benefits and salary information is posted for merit system employees.[12]

Open Alabama, the state's transparency website, details state spending, contracts, and agency performance.[13]


External links

References