Measuring the authority of local public health directors in the context of organizational structure: An exploratory, multimodal approach

This article examines the relationship between organizational structure and authority of local public health directors based on data collected from Minnesota local health directors. It illustrates that emerging practice-based research networks can successfully collaborate on small-scale research projects with immediate application for systems development. Study findings are reportedly being used by local public health officials to help articulate their role, aid in succession planning, and inform elected officials, who need to consider the public health implications of potential changes to local public health governance and organization.

Available online: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23023279

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  • Change Management: The article discusses succession planning.
  • Governance: Local health directors reported having six key authorities related to budget preparation and modification and interaction with local elected officials.
  • Research and Evaluation: The article presents qualitative research findings from interviews with local health directors.

 
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Miner Gearin, K. J., Thrash, A. M, Frauendienst, R., Myhre, J., Gyllstrom, M. E., Riley, W.J., et. al. (2012). Measuring the authority of local public health directors in the context of organizational structure: An exploratory, multimodal approach. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice 18(6), 545–550.