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09-326 Office of Public Health

The mission of the Office of Public Health (OPH) is to promote health through education that emphasizes the importance of individual responsibility for health and wellness; enforce regulations relating to environmental health and to investigate health hazards in the community; collect and distribute information vital to informed decision-making on matters related to individual, community, and environmental health; provide leadership for the prevention and control of disease, injury, and disability in the state; and to assure universal access to essential health services for the people of Louisiana.

The goals of the Office of Public Health are:

1. Reduce illness, disability, and premature death.

2. Elevate the health status of our population.

3. Protect the quality of environment as it relates to health.

4. Improve our health care and social environments.

The Office of Public Health performs the functions of the state, which relate to the general health of Louisiana citizens. The OPH fulfills its core public health functions through approximately 35 programmatic and administrative offices. In addition, preventive and primary care is delivered in more than 100 public health facilities and laboratories in 63 parishes throughout the state (except Plaquemines Parish).

The OPH has evolved to respond to the most pressing health needs of Louisiana citizens, while implementing programs to prevent disease and promote health. This has resulted in many new efforts to prevent the spread of HIV and sexually transmitted diseases, to monitor shellfish waters, to educate the public about health threats, to provide community education on healthy behavior and lifestyle choices and to react to new issues as they arise. The Office of Public Health continues its commitment to protect and enhance the health of Louisiana’s citizens by providing a wide range of preventive and primary care services to reduce illness, disability and premature death. In addition, OPH enforces the State Sanitary Code, tests food products, maintains vital statistics and educates Louisiana residents.

The Office of Public Health has three programs: Personal Health Services, Environmental Services, and Vital Records and Statistics.



This agency has no short-term debt.

In addition to the above recommended appropriation $55,804 will be paid in Fiscal Year 1999-2000 for long-term debt incurred on behalf of this agency from the previous sale of bonds. Total long-term debt service payments for the state for Fiscal Year 1999-2000 are reflected in the Governor's Executive Budget Supporting Document in Non-Appropriated Requirements, Schedule 22-922.

This agency's recommended appropriation also includes the following amount by means of financing for payments on the unfunded accrued liability of the Louisiana State Employees' Retirement System in accordance with the provisions of Article X, Section 29 of the Constitution of Louisiana:

State General Fund (Direct)


$   672,301

State General Fund by:



     Interagency Transfers



     Fees & Self-gen. Revenues



Federal Funds









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