Settings for public health

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The Florida Department of Health in Broward County is one of the 67 Public Health Departments under the governance of the integrated Florida Department of Health.The department of health of Broward County was founded in 1936 where it has been offering services to the members of the community in Broward County. The Department of Health in Broward County is a state agency which has the mandate of safeguarding, fosteringand upgrading the health status of the 1.8 million population and an additional 18 million visitors annually.(Florida Department of Health)

The Florida Department of Health Broward has its director who is known as Dr.Paula Thaqi M.D., M.P.H who plays a role of inspiring the department to the goal of meeting and accomplishingtheir vision strategically. Florida Department of Health in Broward County has been awarded before in July 2015 for being the Large Local Health Department of the Year by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO).(Florida Department of Health,2015)There is a wide range of professionals and paraprofessionals who provide services within the program areas.The employees currently delivering services in the Department of Health Florida are approximately 600 with an annual budget in excess of 44 million dollars.(Florida Department of Health)

The Florida Department of Health in Broward County represents a peculiar partnership between Broward County and the State of Florida.The director of the Department of Health emphasizes that they achieve success by working in conjunction with all their partners in the local public health system including the faith community, educational institutions, governmental agencies and nonprofit organizations.(Florida Department of Health)

The Florida Department of Health in Broward County provides a range of direct patient care services which aid in protection of the broader health of the community such as surveillance),disease control and disaster preparedness.There are major services which are provided by the department such as infective disease services which envelope diseases such as HIV/AIDS, prevention and care, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Tuberculosis control and hepatitis. There are also clinical and nutritional services which include special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, infants and Children(WIC),Refugee health,Family planning and Florida Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Protection Program. (Florida Department of Health)

Other than such services, The Department of Health in Broward County has programs such as encouraging the residential buildings to go smoke free.Dr.Paula Thaqi, M.D.,alludes that all property managers and owners should protect their tenants and consider smokefree policies. The smoking free policy has trended throughout Broward County and it has greater commercial benefits. For instance in one Florida survey of 421 managers of smoke free housing, 30.1 percent believe that there is increased occupancy whereas 99.5 percent agreed that smoke free policies do not hinder occupancy of such property. Another benefit of smoking free zone is that residents are not exposed to the toxic substances emanating from tobacco. It has been discovered that tobacco smoke contains 7000 chemicals, 70 of which are cancerous; therefore exposure even for shorter periods can be very harmful.(Florida Department of Health, Public Information Office 2016)

The Florida Department of Health in Broward County has a community health improvement plan in conjunction with the State plans in order to accomplish fully its mission and vision therefore enabling the members of the state to live in a healthy lifestyle.

References

Florida Department of Health in Broward,Public Information Office 2015

Florida Department of Health in Broward, Public Information Office 2016

Florida Department of Health retrieved fromhttp://www.broward.floridahealth.gov/

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