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State and Local Public Health Resources

One of the most crucial components of any public health campaign is communicating time-sensitive information to people in areas affected by public health threats. Since most public health concerns are local or regional in nature, the responsibility for getting information out to the public in a timely manner falls to state and municipal health departments.

From consumer product recalls and food safety warnings, to the latest information on infectious disease outbreaks and vaccinations, state and local health department websites serve as the best resources available for getting the information you need to keep you and your family out of harm’s way.

Whether you’re a healthcare professional looking to isolate the source of a food borne illness or a concerned parent looking to keep your child’s vaccinations current, your state and local health departments will provide you with the latest information on how to keep your family and your community healthy and safe.


Alabama

Because of the range of issues public health professionals tackle, an equally broad range of organizations across Alabama employ these professionals as they concentrate on specific challenges within their fields of expertise.

State and county health departments such as these are among the top employers of public health professionals in the state:

Public health organizations such as these are also vital players addressing and resolving Alabama’s most serious health and well-being issues:

Alaska

Promoting public health in Alaska is in the state’s best interests as well as those of community members. The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services provides public health services to branches located in major population centers across Alaska. Anchorage Health and Human Services provides public health services to residents throughout its jurisdiction.

Other community, and non-profit organizations that provide public health services in Alaska include:

Arizona

Public health organizations from all sectors of society want to recruit qualified professionals to improve the health and well-being of all Arizonans. The following are just some of the organizations operating in the state offering informational resources and potential job opportunities to aspiring public health professionals.

Government

Government Affiliated

Non-Governmental

Arkansas

Aspiring students of public health and job candidates can find additional resources with agencies such as these. Just as these organizations are happy to provide public health services, they can also be forthcoming with information for prospective colleagues.

Governmental Organizations:

Government-Affiliated Organizations

Private and Non-Profit Organizations

California

There are literally hundreds of public, private, and non-profit public health organizations operating throughout California. This wide range of associations and organizations allows qualified professionals the opportunity to get involved in virtually every field of public health that exists. The following are examples of some of the many organizations dedicated to improving public health in California.

Government Organizations

Government-Affiliated Organizations

Private and Non-Profit Organizations

Colorado

Colorado is home to numerous public, private, and non-profit organizations that are dedicated to promoting health, well-being, and inter-agency cooperation throughout the state. Some of these organizations include:

Governmental Organizations

Government-Affiliated Organizations

Private and Non-Profit Organizations

Connecticut

Connecticut is home to many public health organizations at all levels of government, in addition to non-governmental organizations. These include but are not limited to the following:

State and Local Government

Government Affiliated

Private and Non-Profit

Delaware

Delaware is home to a variety of governmental, private, and non-profit public health organizations. These can be devoted to one particular public health issue or can be an umbrella organization that provides many resources for many issues:

Governmental Agencies

Government-Affiliated Organizations

Non-Profit and Private Organizations

District of Columbia

In addition to being the national headquarters of many public health organizations, DC is also home to many governmental and non-governmental local public health agencies:

Governmental Agencies

Government-Affiliated Organizations

Private and Non-Profit Organizations

Florida

Together these organizations make up a formidable force designed to promote public health across the state of Florida. Public health organizations may be governmental or non-governmental, as is indicated by the following examples:

Government Agencies

Government-Affiliated Organizations

Private and Non-Governmental Organizations

Georgia

As one would expect, some of the largest providers of public health jobs in Georgia are the county health departments (organized as health districts), such as:

Just a few of the private and non-profit companies in Georgia that serve as large employers of public health professionals include:

Hawaii

Public health professionals are essential to ensuring that public health initiatives are successful. From disease investigation and public health nursing to environmental protection and chronic disease management and control, public health professions in Hawaii are critical to the health and well-being of the citizens of Hawaii.

In the State of Hawaii, the majority of public health professionals are employed through the DOH’s district health offices, which are located in:

However, there are a number of non-profit and private companies in Hawaii that also serve as major employers of public health professionals, such as:

Idaho

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (DWH) is organized into seven health districts, all of which serve as primary outlets for public health services within their respective jurisdictions:

These district-level agencies work closely with the DWH, as well as other state and local agencies. Each district has a board of health that is appointed by county commissioners within that region. The public health professionals in each district vary depending on the specific needs of that district.

Outside of the state’s public health districts, public health programs are carried out every day by private and non-profit organizations and institutions, such as:

Illinois

Although IDPH is a centralized state health department, public health professionals in Illinois work out of 96 certified local health departments in locations such as:

Public health professionals in Illinois also work for non-profit organizations, academic institutions, and private businesses, such as:

Indiana

One of the largest employers of public health professionals in Indiana is undoubtedly the ISDH. The programs and initiatives of the ISDH are often implemented at the county level. Some of the largest county health departments in Indiana include:

Public health careers, however, certainly exist well beyond the public health departments of Indiana. Just a few of Indiana’s private, education, and non-profit institutions and organizations where public health professionals may find a wealth of professional opportunities include:

Iowa

State and local health departments are the primary employers of public health professionals. An abbreviated list of county health departments in Iowa includes:

Outside of the IDPH, public health employers often include private sector corporations and other organizations:

Kansas

From health promotion and communication specialists to mental health professionals and emergency management experts, public health in Kansas is diverse and careers are plentiful. The largest pool of public health professionals is likely found through the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Division of Public Health.

There are 100 local health departments in Kansas, all of which are governed by local boards of health or county commissions (Kansas is just one of 27 states that has a decentralized public health governance structure, which means that local health departments are locally controlled).

Just a few of these county health departments in Kansas include:

Public health jobs in Kansas, however, can also be found outside of the Department of Public Health. A few examples include:

Kentucky

Working in the field of public health in Kentucky may involve working for one of Kentucky’s local public health agencies, such as:

There is also a multitude of opportunities for a rewarding public health career with non-profits, universities and private sector corporations:

Louisiana

Under the Louisiana Office of Public Health, public health professionals of all kinds may work out of one of a number of local public health agencies:

A multitude of jobs are also found in the Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI), which is headquartered in New Orleans.

Some of the public health partner agencies where public health professionals in Louisiana often work include:

Maine

Maine’s public health infrastructure includes state, community, and nonprofit organizations that collaborate to establish and maintain a public health network instead of the classic state model of multiple sub-state departments.

Two city health departments are in place in Maine:

To improve coordinated delivery of essential public health services, the DHHS and the Maine legislature have developed eight public health districts:

Just a few of the private, nonprofit, and academic organizations that support Maine’s public health mission include:

Maryland

The DHMH employs public health professionals through its local health departments, which are located throughout the state. Just a few of the local health agencies in Maryland include:

Just a few of the organizations outside of the DHMH in Maryland that employ public health professionals include:

Massachusetts

The most obvious source for public health jobs in Massachusetts is the DPH, which has local health agencies throughout the state. Just a few of the health departments in Massachusetts that employ public health professionals include:

There are also a multitude of professional opportunities in public health outside of the DPH in organizations such as:

Michigan

Within the MDCH, public health professionals likely work out of one of the state’s 45 local public health departments, such as:

However, careers in public health can be found through a wide array of Michigan employers, such as:

Minnesota

The public health professionals of the MDH may work for one of the department’s local health agencies, such as:

A large number of public health professionals also work outside of the MDH in non-profit, private, and academic organizations, such as:

Mississippi

Many students who are enrolled in public health-related programs find career opportunities within Mississippi’s state-sponsored health departments upon graduation. Links to the MSDH and the many county public health departments may be found below:

Non-Governmental organizations also employ public health professionals. Examples of public health organizations in Mississippi include:

Public health professionals also find career opportunities in the private sector. Just a few of Mississippi’s private institutes that often employ public health workers include:

Missouri

Many MPH graduates in Missouri become employed through the state, as each city and county in Missouri has its own health department. Just a few of the government-sponsored health departments in Missouri include:

Because of the vast amount of collaboration between Missouri’s DHSS and outside public health organizations, many public health students find jobs outside of state agencies. Several nonprofit organizations and private companies that employ public health professionals include:

Nonprofits

Private Organizations

Montana

For men and women looking to make a difference through a career in public health, Montana may be the perfect state to find employment. Professionals in the field may find employment opportunities through both state and nonprofit organizations, as well as in the private sector. Hospitals, health centers, and county health departments are just a few of the places public health workers go to work every day.

Several state-run public health organizations include:

The DPHHS has twelve divisions, each of which employs public health workers based on their knowledge and experience. These divisions include:

Just a few of the nonprofit organizations that operate within Montana’s public health sphere include:

Nebraska

Given the DHHS’ diverse public health programs, the division and its subsidiaries, along with other state-sponsored programs, employ a large number of public health professionals.

There is a large nonprofit sector within Nebraska as well, giving aspiring public health professionals a variety of career options. Just some of the nonprofits that work within the sphere of public health include:

Additionally, there are several private sector organizations within the state that employ public health professionals:

Nevada

The state of Nevada supports more than 5,200 public health jobs through a variety of departments. Just some of the components of Nevada’s vast public health infrastructure include:

Additionally, Nevada is home to a number of nonprofits that employ public health professionals. In addition to carrying out the organizations’ unique initiatives, many of these employees work directly with the state to implement health programs.

Rounding out Nevada’s public health sector is the large number of private businesses that work with the public to address various health-related issues. Examples of these companies include:

New Hampshire

New Hampshire public health is both a private and public-sector challenge. The following agencies are just some of the public health resources available throughout the state:

Government Agencies

Governmental Affiliated Organizations

Private and Non-Profit Organizations

New Jersey

New Jersey is home to many organizations that are involved in public health promotion, activism, and research. These organizations are found across the public and private spectrum. Some examples include:

New Jersey Government Agencies

Government-Affiliated Agencies

Non-Governmental Organizations and Private Companies

New Mexico

New Mexico is home to numerous agencies that are dedicated to specific niches in the public health field as well as those that act as umbrella associations for several public health organizations. These resources are managed by the government as well as by non-profit and private agencies.

Government Agencies

 

Government-Affiliated Organizations

Private and Non-Governmental Organizations

New York

Because of the breadth of the public health sector in New York, employers can be found at the local, county, state, and national levels. Public health employers include everything from government agencies to non-profit organizations, and even private sector corporations.

Some examples of the many organizations and agencies operating throughout New York include:

Governmental Agencies

Government-Affiliated Organizations

Private and Non-Profit Organizations

North Carolina

There are numerous public, private, and non-profit organizations providing invaluable resources for residents of North Carolina. These range from mental health organizations to environmental testing agencies. Some examples include:

Government Agencies

Government-Affiliated Organizations

Private and Non-Profit Organizations

North Dakota

North Dakota is home to numerous governmental agencies, cooperative programs, private companies, and non-profit organizations that work together to face public health challenges head-on:

Government Agencies

Government-Affiliated Organizations

Private Companies and Non-Profit Organizations

Ohio

Organizations and agencies throughout Ohio offer a wide array of public health resources. These range from governmental agencies to private sector corporations to non-profit organizations, and include everything from niche-specific agencies to broad coalitions.

Governmental Agencies

Government-Affiliated Organizations

Private and Non-Profit Organizations

Oklahoma

Professionals tackle public health challenges working through governmental agencies, private sector businesses, and non-profit organizations. Local resources in Oklahoma include the following:

Governmental Agencies

Government-Affiliated Organizations

Private and Non-Profit Organizations

Oregon

There are hundreds of public health agencies operating at the state and local levels throughout Oregon’s metropolitan areas and rural counties. These agencies focus on everything from umbrella issues and national advocacy to specific challenges in a particular geographic area. Examples include:

Governmental Agencies

Government-Affiliated Organizations

Non-Profit and Private Organizations

Pennsylvania

Public, private, and non-profit organizations work throughout Pennsylvania to address and resolve public health challenges on all fronts – both individually and as coalition organizations. Among these organizations are:

Governmental Organizations

Government-Affiliated Organizations

Non-Governmental and Private Organizations

Rhode Island

Nearly all public health jobs in Rhode Island are found through state agencies or nonprofit organizations. Fortunately, there are a large number of nonprofit organizations, particularly hospitals, within the state, all of which employ a wide variety of public health professionals:

State

Nonprofit

South Carolina

Jobs for public health professionals in South Carolina can be found in a variety of state, nonprofit, and private organizations and companies that develop and implement public health programs and practices. The following is a list of schools, hospitals, research companies, and health departments that currently employ public health workers.

State

Nonprofit

Private

South Dakota

Most professionals in South Dakota’s public health sector are employed with the state. Nurses, social workers, and community outreach specialists, for example, often find work through state-run public health centers. Additionally, many nonprofit organizations and a few private businesses in South Dakota employ the services of public health professionals. What follows are some of the many public health employers found throughout South Dakota:

State

Nonprofit organizations

Private Businesses

Tennessee

There are a large number of state agencies, as well as organizations across the public and private sectors that employ Tennessee’s public health professionals. A sampling of these employers can be found below:

State

Nonprofit

Private

Texas

With an array of diverse jobs stemming from equally diverse organizations and companies, the career possibilities in Texas’s public health sector are nearly endless. What follows are just some of the state, nonprofit, and private employers that make up the public health community in Texas:

State

Non-Profit

Private

Utah

Public health employers in Utah range from state organizations to nonprofits to private companies. What follows is a list of just some of Utah’s public health employers:

State

Nonprofit

Private

Vermont

Vermont’s Department of Health leads the various public health programs that the state develops. What follows are links to the state’s Department of Health, a few of its subsidiaries, and some of the many nonprofit hospitals in the state that employ public health professionals:

State

Nonprofit

Virginia

Virginia’s public health employers are diverse, ranging from state and municipal government organizations to nonprofits to private companies. Professionals in the state, particularly those with a Master of Public Health, have many options when deciding where to apply for work. The following is a list of just some of Virginia’s public health employers:

State

Nonprofit

Private

Washington

Public health professionals in Washington work for private companies, government agencies, universities, and non-profit organizations, some of which include:

Government Agencies

Coaltion Organizations

Non-Governmental Organizations

West Virginia

West Virginia’s DHHS employs nearly 6,000 public health workers, making state employment a viable option for new and advancing public health professionals. In the nonprofit realm, the WVUHS is the state’s second largest employer, providing roughly 25 percent of West Virginia’s inpatient hospital care. West Virginia is also home to several private organizations that employ public health professionals.

State

Non Profit

Hospitals Under Proprietary Ownership

Wisconsin

As part of Wisconsin’s broad approach to offering public health solutions, prospective professionals can find employment through organizations such as these:

Governmental Agencies

Government-Affiliated Organizations

Non-Profit and Private Organizations

Wyoming

Wyoming’s public health professionals make a vital contribution to the health and well-being of the state’s residents, whether working for government agencies or non-profit organizations:

Governmental Agencies

Government-Affiliated Organizations

Non-Governmental and Private Organizations

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