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A Survey of State Health Department Compliance with the Recommendations of the Institute of Medicine Report, "The Future of Public Health
Journal of Public Health Policy (1997)
  • F. Douglas Scutchfield, University of Kentucky
  • Steven E. Hiltabiddle
  • Tida Violante
  • Cheryle A. Beversdorf
Abstract

We repeated a survey of state health agencies (SHAs) designed to ascertain the extent that the recommendations of the Institute of Medicine's report, The Future of Public Health, have been implemented. Thissurvey was originally done in 1989 and we repeated the same survey in 1996. While there has been progress in some of the recommendations,such as a separate department of health, agreed-upon public health duties, outreach, infrastructure, and scope of responsibilities, therecontinue to be problems with the implementation of some of the recommendations. For example, the proportion of agencies reporting that the core public health function of policy development is extant has actually declined since 1989. There continue to be problems with developing linkages of public health with environmental health and mental health, with strengthening the public health infrastructure, and with expansion of the scope of public health responsibilities. We encouragethe continued monitoring of the implementation of the IOM recommendations.

Keywords
  • Surveys,
  • Public health,
  • Mental health,
  • Environmental health,
  • Medical Care,
  • Office of Mental Health Practitioners,
  • Health and Welfare Funds
Publication Date
March, 1997
Publisher Statement
Journal of Public Health Policy © 1997

Palgrave Macmillan Journals .

Citation Information
F. Douglas Scutchfield, Steven E. Hiltabiddle, Tida Violante and Cheryle A. Beversdorf. "A Survey of State Health Department Compliance with the Recommendations of the Institute of Medicine Report, "The Future of Public Health" Journal of Public Health Policy Vol. 18 Iss. 1 (1997)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/f_douglas_scutchfield/17/