Local Health Department Infrastructure Study, 1999-2000: [United States] (ICPSR 3185)

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The purpose of this survey was to address the paucity of current data on the United States' local public health infrastructure and to advance understanding of the many ways local public health agencies contribute to keeping the nation's population and environment healthy. The survey collected information on local health department (LHD) characteristics (e.g., type of jurisdiction served, office to which the LHD reported directly, total expenditures, and sources of the LHD's total budget), priority program areas, and public health services provided directly or through contracts with others. Additional data cover LHD workforce composition, staffing needs, workforce training, and partnerships and collaborations with other groups and organizations, such as state or federal agencies, hospitals, HMOs, community health centers, universities, community-based organizations, professional associations, faith communities/churches, and business/private corporations. LHDs also reported on completion of community health assessments and development of community health improvement plans.

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Study Description


Brown, Carol K., and Michael R. Fraser. Local Health Department Infrastructure Study, 1999-2000: [United States]. ICPSR03185-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2001. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03185.v1

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This study was funded by:

  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (32253)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   community health, government agencies, health care services, health departments, health expenditures, organizational structure, public health, United States

Time Period:  

  • 1999--2000

Date of Collection:  

  • 1999--2000

Universe:   Local health departments (LHDs) in the United States. An LHD is defined as "an administrative or service unit of local or state government, concerned with health, and carrying some responsibility for the health of a jurisdiction smaller than the state."

Data Types:   survey data

Data Collection Notes:

(1) The Stata file was generated by Stata, Version 7. (2) The data map is provided by ICPSR as an ASCII text file and the codebook is provided by ICPSR as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided on the ICPSR Web site.


Sample:   Stratified probability sampling.

Data Source:

self-enumerated questionnaires


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