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Health departments need funds kept in Illinois budget as public protection needs increase          Send a link to a friend

Dear Editor:

In his proposed budget for fiscal year 2008, Gov. Blagojevich introduced a spending plan that ignores current underfunded programs conducted by local health departments that provide critical health protection and promotion services within Illinois communities. This failure to recognize the benefit of investing public resources into vital prevention services is particularly distressful considering the Blagojevich administration touts health care as a cornerstone of its public policy agenda.

Certified local health departments immunize children, protect our food supply and prevent infectious disease transmission. In addition, they respond to emerging public health concerns such as West Nile virus, food-borne illness outbreaks and pandemic flu preparedness planning. Current state of Illinois funding for local health protection services statewide is only $17 million, or just over $1.42 per person. This funding only supports approximately 5 percent of total statewide local health department expenditures.

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Subsequently, local public health department resources are being stretched to the point that decisions are being made regarding service reduction or program elimination. With new public health threats emerging, and the public's expectation for an increased presence of local public health services, now is not the time to leave local public health departments out of state funding increases.

Elected officials and public policymakers need to insure that the public health of Illinois is adequately protected by assuring the appropriate investment of state resources into certified local health departments in the 2008 budget.


Roger Bock
President, Logan County Board of Health

[Posted March 30, 2007]

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