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The Florida Department of Health and the Florida Association of County Health Department Business Administrators: A Model of Successful Collaboration to Sustain Operational Excellence

Napier, Michael J. MS; Street, Phillip MS; Wright, Robin MS; Kouba, James Michael MSW; Ciereck, Christina BS; Dillon, Matthew J. BS; Dollar, Rosemary C. BS; Parizek, William A. BA; Stapp, Charles Philip BS; Dickinson, Ross

Journal of Public Health Management and Practice: September-October 2004 - Volume 10 - Issue 5 - p 413–420
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The Florida Association of County Health Department Business Administrators, Inc., is an organization of public health business professionals working collaboratively with the state's department of health administrative offices in promoting best practices throughout local county health departments. This article discusses a number of joint initiatives, past and present, that are benefiting public health services in Florida. In addition, mentoring and training, contract management, cost allocation, and financial reporting, among others, are “hot button” topics of interest to all states in promoting improved administration of their public health programs.

This article describes the collaboration between an organization of public health business professionals and the state's department of health administrative offices to promote best practices throughout local county health departments.

County Health Officer, Seminole County Health Department, Sanford, Florida. (Napier)

Senior Analyst, Public Administration, Florida Department of Health, Tallahassee. (Street)

Business Manager, Administration Department, Putnam County Health Department, Palatka, Florida. (Wright)

Financial Administrator, Broward County Health Department, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Kouba)

Assistant Finance and Accounting Director, Hillsborough County Health Department, Tampa, Florida. (Ciereck)

Senior Management Analyst Supervisor, Volusia County Health Department, Mary Esther, Florida. (Dillon)

Director, Division of Administration, Florida Department of Health, Tallahassee. (Dollar)

Community Relations and Marketing Manager, Division of Medical Quality Assurance, Florida Department of Health, Tallahassee. (Parizek)

Financial Administrator, Orange County Health Department, Orlando, Florida. (Stapp)

Assistant Director, Orange County Health Department, Orlando, Florida. (Dickinson)

Corresponding author: Charles Philip Stapp, BS, Orange County Health Department, 604 Courtland Street, Orlando, FL 32804 (e-mail: Philip_Stapp@doh.state.fl.us).

© 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.