Composition and Duties of Local Boards of Health

Findings from a 2011 National Survey

This article seeks to expand what limited information we have on the composition and duties of local boards of health (LBOH) as an important foundational step in analyzing the role of LBOHs in leveraging improved public health outcomes.

LBOH members and chairs are more similar in demographics to the top executives at local health departments than the general population or the public health workforce. Most LBOH chairs, however, lack experience in public health, and a quarter or more of LBOHs do not use their powers to set or recommend health priorities as a mechanism to leverage better community health outcomes.

The Journal of Public Health Management & Practice Focuses on Advances in Public Health Services and Systems Research

  1. 1. Advancing the Science of Delivery
  2. 2. Expanding Delivery System Research in Public Health Settings
  3. 3. Public Health Law Research: Exploring Law in Public Health Systems
  4. 4. Developing a Taxonomy for the Science of Improvement in Public Health
  5. 5. Public Health Services and Systems Research: Current State of Finance Research
  6. 6. Governance Typology
  7. 7. Diffusion of Practice-Based Research in Local Public Health
  8. 8. Defining Organizational Capacity for Public Health Services and Systems Research
  9. 9. Measuring the Authority of Local Public Health Directors in the Context of Organizational Structure
  10. 10. The Extent of Interorganizational Resource Sharing Among Local Health Departments
  11. 11. Health Districts as Quality Improvement Collaboratives and Multi-Jurisdictional Entities
  12. 12. Information-Seeking Behaviors and Other Factors Contributing to Successful Implementation of Evidence-Based Practices in Local Health Departments
  13. 13. Assessing the Roles of Brokerage
  14. 14. Structural and Organizational Characteristics Associated With Performance of Essential Public Health Services in Small Jurisdictions
  15. 15. Assessment of Workforce Capacity for Local Health Departments in Nebraska
  16. 16. Topology of Local Health Officials' Advice Networks
  17. 17. Composition and Duties of Local Boards of Health
  18. 18. Local Health Departments and Specific Maternal and Child Health Expenditures
  19. 19. Variability in Practices for Investigation, Prevention, and Control of Communicable Diseases Among Washington State's Local Health Jurisdictions