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The Center for Local Health's Finance section provides technical support and oversight to local health departments in the area of finance. The West Virginia Legislature appropriates funds for basic public health services each year which are distributed to local boards of health by the Center for Local Health. These funds are allocated using a funding formula recommended by the Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) at Marshall University and approved by the State Legislature in April 2009.
The Center for Local Health oversees the allocation of state funding for local boards of health. The enrolled budget bill for fiscal year 2016 appropriated $16,648,328 in state aid for basic public health services. Total funding for local health departments is provided by a variety of sources which include federal, state, local, private foundation grants, and fees for services. The chart below illustrates local health department sources of funding and overall percentage of projected funds from each source.
FY 2015 Local Board of Health Projected Revenue
Section 4 of Legislative Rule 64CSR67 permits the Commissioner of the Bureau for Public Health to withhold up to two percent (2%) of basic public health funds, prior to applying the funding formula, to be set aside in an emergency fund. Section 5 of Legislative Rule 64CSR67 defines the use of the emergency fund by the Commissioner to assist local boards of health to meet unanticipated financial emergencies.
NACCHO launched a financial data collection tool called Public Health Uniform National Data System (PHUND$). This web-based system allows agencies to enter financial data which can be used to assess financial and operational performance. Click on the link below to sign up today.
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