Policy Brief–Consolidation of Local Health Departments in Ohio: Motivations and Impacts

Resource Summary

This report examines the motivations for and impacts of consolidations of local public health departments in Ohio. Since 2001, there have been twenty cases of city health departments merging their public health services with those of a county health department or another city health department in Ohio, and this has resulted in a 13 percent decrease in the number of local health departments. Issues involving expenditures, workforces and service delivery are examined.