Impact of privatization of primary care services on racial and ethnic populations in Florida health departments

Outsourcing of local health department services may be one of the most important transformations in the nation's public health system. According to a study by Keane, Marx, and Ricci (2001), about three quarters of local health departments have privatized some public health services. The decision to privatize generally depends more on a community's unique characteristics and service delivery system than on a specific type of needed service (CDC, 1998; PHF, 1999; Keane, Marx, and Ricci, 2001). The specific aim of this study is to look at how changes to the delivery of primary care services affects access and health outcomes in racial and ethnic populations served by Florida's health departments. Where primary care services have been privatized, what is the effect on access to care in Black and Hispanic populations and for the Medicaid and uninsured patients? What is the effect of privatization on primary care specific health outcomes in racial and ethnic populations?

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $55,000.00

Awarded on: 5/9/2007

Time frame: 5/15/2007 - 11/14/2008

Grant Number: 61902


University of Michigan School of Public Health Center for Social Epidemiology and Population Health

1415 Washington Heights, 3rd Floor Tower
Ann Arbor, 48109-2029


Arlesia Lynn Mathis
Project Director