Tuesday - Jun 30, 2015
Local health departments are on the front lines of public health and make it easier for people to be healthy and safe. From implementing smoke-free air laws that promote clean indoor air to inspecting community farmers' markets that make fresh, nutritious produce more accessible, local health departments lay the
groundwork for the kinds of healthy choices that keep people from getting sick or injured. The 2015 Forces of Change Survey Results illustrate the trends affecting the nation's local health departments.
Budget cuts and job losses
Ongoing budget cuts and resulting staff layoffs at local health departments are jeopardizing the safety of the food we eat and the water we drink, the ability to prepare for and respond to public health emergencies, and the capacity to ensure the health of our communities.