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?
Amount Awarded $55,000.00
Awarded on: 5/9/2007
Time frame: 5/15/2007 - 11/14/2008
Grant Number: 61902
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