Putnam County's financial trouble may cause other county health departments to sacrifice some state funding, Gupta indicated. State officials withhold 2 percent of funding for local departments for an emergency fund. Counties usually end up receiving most of that money.
"We are aware through public reports that they've applied for some $186,000 in public funding, so obviously we are not going to get our 2 percent back, but it's not just us. That's most health departments across the state - most health department funding will be limited," Gupta said.
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It will focus on prevention of chronic disease management, among other issues. Its goal is to better align services with future health reforms and adhere to the way the health care act is structured. That can help the health department to obtain funding. Sara Fitzwater was appointed acting director.
There are three main components of the accreditation process, and Sims believes the health department has most of the pieces together and is fairly advanced in the process. After assessing the state of the county, seeing how the community can improve and creating a strategic plan, the health department can submit paperwork.