COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

 

AGENDA TITLE:

Fiscal Year 2008 County of Albemarle & State Health Department Local Government Agreement

 

SUBJECT/PROPOSAL/REQUEST:

Approve FY08 Agreement with the State Board of Health for the provision of public health services through the Thomas Jefferson Health District (TJHD)

 

STAFF CONTACT(S):

Tucker, Elliott, Davis

 

LEGAL REVIEW:   Yes

 

AGENDA DATE:

November 7, 2007

 

ACTION:                             INFORMATION:   

 

CONSENT AGENDA:

  ACTION:     X                    INFORMATION: 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:   Yes

 

 

REVIEWED BY:

 

 

BACKGROUND:

Each year, local governing bodies enter into agreements with the State Board of Health for the provision of public health services to the locality.  The agreements stipulate both the scope of services and costs for the delivery of public health services.  Under Virginia Code § 32.1-31, these agreements are made directly with the local governing bodies.

 

STRATEGIC PLAN:

Enhance the Quality of Life for all Albemarle County Residents

 

DISCUSSION:

The Thomas Jefferson Health District (TJHD), in cooperation with the Virginia Department of Health, is the primary provider of public health services and programs for Albemarle County and surrounding localities. TJHD offers specific health programs targeted at preventing and controlling infectious diseases, as well as initiatives aimed at improving the health of low income women, infants and children.  In addition, the Health District provides dental services and an inspection and monitoring program to ensure the safety of food and private well/septic systems.

 

Non-local funding for these programs is provided by the Commonwealth of Virginia, as well as from grants and income from fees charged to individual clients. In addition, the localities served by TJHD provide matching local funds for the allocations made by the state.  Moreover, the County of Albemarle and City of Charlottesville have historically funded the following programs that are not mandated by the federal and/or state governments:

 

·         The Jefferson Area Child Health Partnership (CHIP) - An in-depth home visiting program for at-risk children (ages 0-6) and families provided by public health nurses and family support workers aimed at enhancing awareness and use of community resources to promote health;

·         A dental care program for low-income children.

 

BUDGET IMPACT:

The County’s FY08 appropriation for the Thomas Jefferson Health District totals $921,773. Of this amount:

 

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Based on the vital services provided by the TJHD, staff recommends that the Board of Supervisors approve the Fiscal Year 2008 County of Albemarle & State Health Department Local Government Agreement and authorize the County Executive to execute the Agreement.

 

ATTACHMENTS

A – Proposed Agreement

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