The Extent of Interorganizational Resource Sharing Among Local Health Departments

Resource sharing, arrangements between local health departments (LHDs) for joint programs or to share staff, is a growing occurrence. The post-9/11 influx of federal funding and new public health preparedness responsibilities dramatically increased the occurrence of these inter-LHD relationships, and several states have pursed more intrastate collaboration.

This article describes the current state of resource sharing among LHDs and identifies the factors associated with resource sharing.