The mission of the Office of Public Health (OPH) is to promote health through education that emphasizes the importance of individual responsibility for health wellness; enforce regulations that protect the environment and to investigate health hazards in the community; to collect and distribute information vital to informed decision-making on matters related to individual, community, and environmental health; provides leadership for the prevention and control of disease, injury, and disability in the state; and ensure 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 our physical environment.
4. Improve our social and healthcare environments.
The OPH enforces the State Sanitary Code, tests food products, monitors, test, and reports on drinking and shellfish harvesting waters, administers over 100 public health units/facilities in 62 parishes throughout the state (except Orleans and Plaquemines parishes); administers various personal health related programs, and coordinate the development of Emergency Medical Services. In addition, OPH manages resources effectively through the provision of services, e.g. preventive services that reduce the necessity for more expensive interventions. OPH also has responsibility for ensuring the availability of health resources and for maintaining the state's vital statistics.
The Office of Public Health has three programs: Personal Health Services, Environmental Services, and Vital Record/Statistics Management.
This agency's recommended appropriation includes $670,282 for short-term debt, including Lease Purchase agreements.
In addition to the above recommended appropriation $104,367 will be paid in Fiscal Year 1998-1999 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 1998-1999 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:
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