July 27, 2018

Prevalence and correlates of local health department activities to address mental health in the United States

By Miguel Valdez Soto

Abstract

Mental health has been recognized as a public health priority for nearly a century. Little is known, however, about what local health departments (LHDs) do to address the mental health needs of the populations they serve. Using data from the 2013 National Profile of Local Health Departments – a nationally representative survey of LHDs in the United States (N = 505) – we characterized LHDs' engagement in eight mental health activities, factors associated with engagement, and estimated the proportion of the U.S. population residing in jurisdictions where these activities were performed.

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