In North Carolina, the experience level of the local public health workforce was a predictor of teen pregnancy rates from 1999–2004. A study of local health agencies revealed workforce characteristics that determined the presence of critical services.
Local public health agencies (LPHAs) are pivotal sites within the health care system. Their organization and function reflects the broader philosophy and purpose of public health. Improving the performance of LPHAs requires an understanding of how resources within a given LPHA impact the agency's performance.
This study used multiple levels of statistical analysis to identify organizational characteristics that predicted LPHA performance improvement. Analysts compiled a set of indicators, common LPHA services that served as measures of performance. Bivariate and multivariate analyses merged indicator and predictor datasets. This report's "methods" section gives background for each data source.
In a study of LPHAs in North Carolina during the years 1999–2004 specific workforce characteristics including age, education level, and experience predicted improvements in LPHA performance.