Also at the meeting, Gupta told the health board the department will have $31,000 less funding for the 2014 fiscal year, which begins in July, because of a change in the formula the state uses to allocate money to local health departments.
The health department's divisions have been restructured recently, Gupta told the health board.
The department's former Health Promotion division will be encompassed by a new division called Prevention and Wellness, Gupta said.
The new division will also include chronic disease management, aging, and worksite health.
"It aligns much better with the future of health reform and the way the Affordable Care Act is structured," Gupta said.
It will also help the department apply for funding through the ACA, he said.
Sara Fitzwater, a new employee, is the acting director of the Prevention and Wellness division as well as the Community Transformation Grant program, Gupta said. The department may hire more people in the future for that division.
The department has also hired Thomas Sims as performance management coordinator, Gupta said. Sims' job will be to help the department through the process of becoming nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board. Accreditation is so far optional for local health departments.
"Most mandatory things start out voluntary," Gupta said.
Becoming accredited will cost about $27,000 in fees, Sims told the board.
In other business, the health board approved the department's budget for the 2014 fiscal year. That budget includes 2 percent across the board raises for full-time employees.
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