West Virginia had the eighth highest level of per capita state funding for public health in the nation as of 2014. The state spent more than $111.7 million on public health initiatives that year, and also received significant levels of federal health funding. In fact, funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration for West Virginia in fiscal year 2013-14 represented the fourth highest level of per capita spending in the nation.
Such levels of funding help to provide salaries for the nearly 6,000 people that work for the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHRR) and its branch agencies at the municipal level. Of course, this funding also supports the programs these professionals are responsible for managing.
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In one example, environmental health specialists with the Office of Environmental Health Services helped members of the public mitigate such health hazards as radon and asbestos in people’s homes.
In addition to state and local public health officials, West Virginia’s public health community is made up of professionals in academia and in non-governmental organizations. Together, their work has significantly contributed to improving public health in West Virginia.
A Look at Public Health Salaries in Charleston
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides salary information for public health professionals working in the Charleston metropolitan statistical area in 2014:
An Analysis of Public Health Salaries Statewide
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides a detailed analysis of the hourly wages and annual salaries for public health professionals employed throughout West Virginia in 2014: