State health infrastructure
Agencies involved in the provision of core public health functions
The mission of the state health department, as well as the local health departments within the country is to fulfill the societal interests that will provide assuring conditions, which will improve the health status of the people. The public health substances work with organized community health institutions, whose aim is to prevent diseases, as well as promote health among the people that live in the different states in the country. All the agencies that work within the state health department have the mandate of addressing the public health mission, which are defined by the department’s three core functions that include assurance, policy development and assessment (Salinsky, 2010). In order to accomplish the core functions, the state health department works in collaboration with the health agencies at the local level in order to achieve the public health mission.
Some of the agencies that the state public health department works with for this provision include the private health care providers within the state, as well as some of the local health department agencies. Consequently, it is possible to determine that the state public health laboratories work within the state public health department, mainly to assist in the fulfillment of the department’s mission (Salinsky, 2010). For this reason, the essential thing to consider is that the state public health department acts as a link between the federal public health department as well as the local pubic health agencies in order to ensure the fulfillment of their mission.
Delegation of the core functions and the performance of the functions
In order to undertake its core functions, the agencies within the state public health department play a variety of roles. At the state level, the agencies can promulgate and establish regulations that affect the health laws and policies that apply throughout the state. The functions and scope of the state agencies include the inspection and regulation of health care facilities that are inclusive of hospitals (Basher and Brown, 2003). With this provision, the state agencies ensure that they take care of the assessment function of the state public health department function. On the other hand, the state agencies provide operating licenses to health care professionals as well as ensuring the control of some of the disease vectors. The agencies are also involved with conducting different surveys that might be able to unearth a possible disease threat that might be in the offing. Within the state public health department, the state laboratories functions include performing a number of sophisticated tests necessary for monitoring the health status of the population (Salinsky, 2010).
At the local health department level, the local agencies work under the provisions of the state department, through which they engage in a number of activities. The local level agencies serve engage in service provision that is population based, as well as personal (Salinsky, 2010). Within the local agencies, the health officers assist in the clinical prevention of diseases, giving medical treatment, including other medical services to the patients and they participate in the provision of primary based care to their patients. On the other hand, the agencies at the local levels are responsible for providing emergency health services to their patients. To ensure that the state public health department meets some of its core mandate, they provide funds and create policies that will act as a guideline since they are not directly responsible for providing health services to the individuals in the society. Most of the state agencies play a leading role in ensuring an effective disease monitoring among the individuals in society (Salinsky, 2010).
Salinsky, E. (2010). Governmental Public health: An overview of state and local health agencies. The George Washington University.
Basher, Z., & Brown, D. (2003). Promoting and protecting healthy communities: A city officials guide to public health. National Conference of State Legistlators.