As CDPH goes through the accreditation process, it is interesting to examine historical efforts at assessing the Department’s efforts.
Per a 1943 American Public Health Association study of the department, “The California State Department of Public Health is the second oldest in the country, having been established on April 15, 1870, only twenty years after the establishment of its State government.” (p. 16) The report made a number of major recommendations to improve the department.
In 1948, another American Public Health Association report was published called “A Study of the California State Department of Public Health: The California Department of Public Health in 1947-1948.”
The 1948 study characterized the 1943 report by saying, “In 1943 … the Department of Public Health could not be considered a good state department of health. The organization was loose and ill adapted to effective administration … Program planning was segmented and specialized and lacked coordination. Salaries of professional personnel were low.”
Regarding the state of affairs in 1948, the study found that, “Today the California Department of Public Health will rank with the best in the nation.” (p. 4) The 89-page report goes on to describe important achievements, as well as major unmet needs. A table of the CDPH budget is presented, with total 1947-48 estimated expenditures of about $8.8 million and $1.9 million for the 1942-43 budget.
1. A study of the California State Department of Public Health; summary and major recommendations. Made by the American Public Health Association, 1943. n.p., 1943.
Call number: RA27.K1 A5 1943
2. A study of the California State Department of Public Health. Made by the American Public Health Association. n.p., 1948.
Call number: RA27.K1 A5 1948
There is also a brief history of the department available:
History of the organizational development of the California State Department of Public Health. Calif. : s.n., between 1977 and 1978.
Call number: RA27 .H57 1977a