Department of Health

Tennessee Department of Health

Tennessee Department of Health

 

The Tennessee Department of Health is headed by Commissioner Susan R. Cooper, M.S.N., R.N. Under Commissioner Cooper, the Tennessee Department of Health works to promote, protect, and improve the health and well-being of Tennesseans. The overall emphasis of the Tennessee Department of Health is to keep people healthy by preventing problems that contribute to disease and injury.

The responsibilities of the Tennessee Department of Health include immunization of children against measles, recruiting doctors to practice in rural areas of Tennessee which are medically under-served, offering early prenatal care and proper nutrition to pregnant women, ensuring that restaurants meet standards of cleanliness, and performing laboratory tests to ensure that drinking water is safe.

The Tennessee Department of Health seeks to reduce the greatest and most common causes of premature death and preventable illness, which are modern diets, whether or not a person smokes, the level of exercise, and steps taken to protect the individual's own safety. In order to promote healthy lifestyles, the Tennessee Department of Health seeks to educate Tennesseans about potential health risks and increase the awareness of each individual about taking responsibility for their own health and the health of their families.

The Tennessee Department of Health seeks to ensure that high quality health care is provided through the strict licensing and regulation of health professionals and facilities. A critical role is also played by the Department in making sure that health care services are available when and where they are needed, and that access to these services is not blocked by economic or geographic barriers. If you need legal advice and assistance, contact Tennessee lawyers.

Kansas Department of Health

Kansas Department of Health

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has the vision of “healthy Kansans living in safe and sustainable environments.” The mission of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment is “to protect the health and environment of all Kansans by promoting responsible choices.”
One of the prominent branches of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment is the Division of Health. The specific mission of the Division of Health is to promote and protect the health of all Kansans, as well as preventing diseases and injuries among the population of Kansas.
In order to do this, this branch of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment focuses on three basic functions. The first function is assessment, meaning that the division systematically collects, analyzes, and publishes information about many aspects of the status of each Kansas resident’s health. In order to accomplish this assessment, the Division examines trends in health, disease, and injury.
The next function, policy development, involves the division using the information gleaned from the assessments to develop policies needed to accomplish the goals of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. These policies take the form of recommendations to the Legislature and the Governor. The final function of the Department is assurance, through which the services needed to achieve State health goals are provided to the public.
Roderick l. Brembry has served as the Secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment since being appointed to the position by Governor Kathleen Sebelius, who has since been appointed Secretary of Health and Human Services for the Federal Government.

Oklahoma Department of Health

Oklahoma Department of Health

The Oklahoma State Department of Health is the Department of the Oklahoma Government that is responsible for protecting the health of all Oklahomans and provides many essential human services to the residents of Oklahoma. The Oklahoma State Department of Health serves as the primary agency that provides public health protection throughout the State.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health is led by a State Board of Health. The Board of Health is composed of nine members. These nine members are appointed by the Governor and must be approved by the State Senate. The Board of Health is then required to appoint the State Commissioner of Health.

The Commissioner serves as the Executive Officer of the Department and is the lead health authority in the State. Dr. Terry Cline, Ph.D., was appointed to serve as the Commissioner in June 30, 2009, making him the 20th individual to hold the position. The Department was created in 1963 by Governor Henry Bellmon.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health has an annual budget of well over three hundred million dollars. It is one of the larges employers in the State, with a population of more than 2,000 employees.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health works in close collaboration with the Oklahoma State Department of Human Services.  If you need legal advice and assistance, contact Oklahoma lawyers.

Utah Department of Health

Utah Department of Health

The Utah Department of Health has almost 1,000 employees. In 2009, Utah was ranked as the second healthiest state in the nation, according to a United Health Foundation report. The Utah Department of Health is committed to doing its part to make sure that citizens of Utah remain healthy.
The Utah Department of Health works alongside other State agencies and twelve local health departments. It monitors the quality of food, the air that is breathed, the water that Utahans drink, and outbreaks of infectious diseases and preventing the spread of these diseases. These programs are aimed at the general population, while other programs of the Utah Department of Health are targeted to aid specific segments of the population.
Some of these individuals targeted are mothers and children, providing immunizations and prenatal care when appropriate. The Department has the responsibility to license health care facilities to ensure that these facilities are safe, clean and able to care for the sick. The largest program that the Department of Health oversees is Medicaid.
In addition, the Utah Department of Health promotes healthy living through educational programs out of the belief that when people have good information they can make good choices in regards to their health. The Utah Department of Health provides a broad range of activities, initiatives, and programs.
The vision of the Utah Department of Health is to achieve a Utah that is “a place where all people can enjoy the best health possible, where all can live, grow, and prosper in clean, safe communities.”

Louisiana Department of Health

Louisiana Department of Health

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals handles a variety of issues affecting the people of Louisiana. Some of the concerns which the Department addresses include abuse, asthma, birth certificates, cardiovascular health, commercial body art, community care, death certificates, developmental disabilities issues, disaster medical relief, early hearing loss detection and intervention, emergency health care, engineering operator certification process, Family Assistance Center, the Find Family Call Center and fish advisories. 

Other issues include fitness programs, flu care, food distribution, food manufacturing, food storage, health care reform initiatives, health professional shortage area reports, HIPAA adherence, immunizations, J-1 Visa Waiver Program administration, licensing standards, Louisiana Health First initiative, marriage licenses, Medicaid disbursement, mental health concerns, National Health Service Corps, nursing aide programs, nursing home monitoring, policy and regulation creation, sanitation issues, the State Loan Repayment Program, and substance abuse/addiction programs.

The Find Family Call Center was established by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals to allow individuals to locate family members who were unsettled by Hurricane Katrina.

In addition to running these programs, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals also answers questions about fitness, general health, home health, imported dry wall, the LaCHIP program, lead problems, issues related to lead in toys and jewelry, missing or deceased persons, mold, nursing home culture change, nutrition problems and concerns, oil spill cleanup, pesticides in general and especially in schools, sanitation concerns, problems with sexually transmitted diseases, and/or tanning. 

If you need legal advice and assistance, contact Louisiana lawyers.

New York State Department of Health

New York State Department of HealthThe New York State Department of Health is the Cabinet-level Department in the State of New York, which is the governmental body that
bears the responsibility for ensuring public health in the State. The NY State Department of Health is headed by the Health Commissioner. Since March 21,
2007, that position has been held by Richard F. Daines, M.D.

The New York State Department of Health is one of the Nation’s leading public
health care agencies. The NY State Department of Health has an annual budget of
approximately 49 billion dollars. The New York State Department of
Health administers health insurance programs, regulates hospitals as well as
other health care facilities, and conducts research in one of the premier
biomedical laboratories in the county, as well as supports public health
prevention initiatives.

In recent years, the NY State Department of Health has shaped significant health
care reforms that have been approved by the State Legislature. Some of these
reforms include increased access to health insurance coverage for the uninsured
and under-insured, an increased focus on providing both preventative and
primary care to patients, initiatives to improve the quality of care given to
patients, and an increased level of investing in health information technology
in order to help doctors and health care professions increase the standard of
care provided to patients. 

Rhode Island Department of Health

Rhode Island Department of Health

The Rhode Island Department of Health is a State Government agency that is located in Providence, Rhode Island. The head of the RI Department of Health is Director of Health, David R. Gifford, M.D., MPH.
The mission of the RI Department of Health is “to protect and promote the health and safety of the people of Rhode Island.”
In order to help the RI Department of Health accomplish its mission, it coordinates the statewide public health activities of a variety of centers, offices and divisions.
Central Management is divided into three distinct programs:
Executive Functions, which is headed by the Director of Health, oversees all activities which are sponsored by the RI Department of Health;
Management Services oversees the budget for the RI Department of Health and provides support to help the other aspects of the Department manage and perform their programs;
Emergency Preparedness and Response helps the RI Department of Health divisions and offices plan, support, assess, and educate the broader community during disasters or emergencies.
The Office of State Medical Examiners investigates the cause of all deaths that happen in the State. The Medical Examiners Office is considered a part of the RI Department of Health since it is used to investigate and identify causes of death that may pose a threat to the public and uses this information to promote public awareness and safety. 
The Environmental and Health Services Regulation licenses and regulates health professionals, in addition to monitoring the quality of drinking water and beaches. 
The Office of Public Health Information provides the public with information to help them understand health risks and make healthier, safer choices. 
Community and Family Health and Equity develops programs to eliminate health disparities.
The Office of Infectious Disease and Epidemiology conducts disease surveillance and responds to outbreaks.

Idaho Department of Health

Idaho Department of Health

The primary mission of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is to promote and protect the health and safety of Idahoans.

The programs and services provided by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare are designed to help the residents of Idaho to live healthy, productive lives. The additional goals of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare are to strengthen individuals, families and communities.  The work of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare lasts from a resident's birth until death.

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is forced to deal with complex social, economic, and health issues. Requests are made to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare every day for food assistance or for medical insurance assistance. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is able to help residents with child care, child support, and substance abuse problems. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is at the forefront of protecting and promoting public health throughout the State.

One of the ultimate goals of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is the help its residents become self-reliant and to work with them to identify issues and solutions to the problems which are confronting them in order to ensure that the individual will not have to rely upon the Idaho Department in the future. Contact Idaho lawyers for legal advice and assistance.