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Public Health Impact Task Force Approves New Plan


The West Virginia Public Health Impact Task Force has approved the final version of a plan to redefine the mission of public health in the state and work more effectively with communities.

Dr. Rahul Gupta, the state’s chief health officer, tells The Charleston Gazette-Mail that the plan, approved Tuesday, emphasizes retaining a local health presence in every county, but does not limit partnerships between counties.

Gupta says the approval will allow the Bureau to move forward in evaluating billing practices for the state’s local health department, as well as determining what services must be made available at every local health department.

The task force moved to present its recommendations to lawmakers, although task force member Lloyd White said the plan would likely not require legislative intervention.