Funding: Delivery and Cost Studies (DACS)
Through a study focusing on the prevention and control of sexually transmitted infections (STI), the Florida Public Health Practice-Based Research Network, led by the University of Florida, is evaluating unit costs of public health service delivery and examining the effects of delivery system variations on such costs as: 1) the standardization and centralization of programs, 2) the centralization of information technology and human resources systems, 3) economies of scale related to population size of health department jurisdiction, 4) local tax and other revenue support for CHD services, and 5) responsiveness to local community governance. Using standard conceptual and analytical approaches employed in cost analysis, the study will focus on comparisons of variations within Florida. Evidence generated through the study will facilitate informed decision-making, ultimately enhancing both delivery systems for public health services and support efforts toward achieving optimal, equitable health outcomes.
- Comparative Cost Study of STD Services in Florida and Georgia (DACS Workshop, September 2013)
- Preliminary STD Cost Study in Florida (PBRN Monthly Virtual Meeting, December 2013)
- Factors Influencing the Variation in Costs in the Delivery of STD Services in Florida (PBRN Grantee Meeting, April 2014)
- Factors Influencing the Variation in Costs in the Delivery of STD Services in Florida (AcademyHealth PHSR IG, June 2014)
- Exploring Cost and Delivery of STI Services by Health Departments in Georgia: A Mixed Methods Approach (PHSSR Research in Progress Webinar, May 2015 recording)
William Livingood, Ph.D.
Bonnie Sorenson, M.D., M.B.A.