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NACCHO Forces of Change Findings Available

Monday, June 22, 2015  
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The results show local health departments (LHDs) face challenges and opportunities as the public health and clinical care environments evolve due to the ACA. 

 

Visit www.nacchoprofilestudy.org/forces-of-change to view an infographic of the findings, state-level budget cuts and jobs losses, and to learn more.

 

Findings show that LHDs continue to experience budgetary challenges. Likely as a result, LHD leaders value budget management skills in their professional public health staff. The fiscal and political environments have had an impact on the type and scope of services LHDs provide: some have decreased clinical services to focus on population-based health activities, while others continue to provide these services in their communities with the help of revenue from billing third-party payers. LHDs have also explored new opportunities for collaboration as a result of health reform, including with non-profit hospitals and primary care providers.



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