Study of priority of public health issues for county government leaders

This grant enabled the University of Maryland to conduct a national survey of elected county executives and commissioners on the relative priority of public health as compared to other governmental responsibilities in their counties. In addition, 12 case studies will be developed that will provide more detailed information on the role public health plays on the county level. The study should provide important information to state and local policymakers and public health officials regarding the relative priority of public health issues as well as the capacity that counties have to respond to the new responsibilities that have been placed on them by other levels of government. The information should also help Foundation staff in its efforts to investigate what role county governments might play in helping to rebuild this country's public health system. The research design involves a self-administered mail survey focusing on elected executives and commissioners in 500 (out of 3,044) counties in this country. An initial mailing and one follow-up mailing is planned. A telephone follow-up will also be utilized to increase the rate to a target range of 65 to 77 percent. Additionally, site visits will be made to 12 counties. A public use data tape will be required of this project.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $199,747.00

Awarded on: 7/23/1992

Time frame: 8/1/1992 - 8/31/1994

Grant Number: 20074


University of Maryland College of Behavioral and Social Sciences

2148 Tydings Hall
College Park, 20742-7201


Vincent L. Marando
Project Director