This paper will discuss research information about county, state, and national public health resources, describe the history of public health, including pertinent dates, significant events, related to the agencies I have researched. This paper will also describe the differences between public and community health as it relates to the agencies I have researched and observed.
There are many health resources available for people in the county, state, and national public health level. Health resources are readily available to the public in the internet and also in the offices of public health services center. In the county level, The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) has 14 primary health centers that interact with other public centers that provide free and low-cost services for those who do not have regular health care provider or uninsured. The Los Angeles (LA) County is divided into eight geographic regions, or Service Planning Areas (SPAs) covering LA County’s 4,300 square miles employing nearly more than 4,000 employees who staff the department’s 39 programs committed to protecting the health of LA County residents live a better, healthier place to live. LACDPH offer many programs that ranges from Children’s Medical Services, Chronic Diseases to Emergency Preparedness and Response. More information can be obtained by going to the website www.lacounty.gov (County of Los Angeles Public Health, 2013).
The California Department of Public Health (CDHS) is under two services, the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). According to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) (2007), “The DHCS’s mission is to protect and promote the health status of Californians through the financing and delivery of individual health care services. The DHCS finances and administers a number of individual health care service delivery programs, including the California...
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