Organizational Overview

Bureau of Administration
The Bureau supports the operational divisions in the Department in the areas of Communication, Health Statistics, Information Technology Management, Office Support, Personnel and Fiscal Management. Resident services include, but are not limited to, provision of public health advisories, service delivery reports, and collecting and interpreting health assessment data, case-finding, monitoring and forecasting trends.

Bioterrorism Identification and Control Program
The Bioterrorism (BT) identification and control program is designed to create staff awareness, education and surveillance of potential BT threats that include nuclear, radiological, biological, chemical and incendiary devices. The department links with all applicable local, county, state and federal authorities to ensure that regional surveillance and response measures address any and all potential BT threats.

Bureau of Personal Health Services
The Bureau of Personal Health Services (PHS) is composed of three operating divisions: Clinical Services and Public Health Nursing, Communicable Disease Control and Prevention, and Health Promotion. These divisions provide a wide range of services to promote and protect public health consistent with overall goals of the U.S. Department of Health’s Healthy People 2010 and related Healthy Pennsylvania 2000.

Division of Clinical Services and Public Health Nursing
The Division of Clinical Services and Public Health Nursing provide services that promote the well being of individuals, families, groups and communities. Our priority is the population at most risk for disease, injury or disability. The Division is responsible for programs for maternal and child health, childhood lead poisoning prevention, childhood and adult immunizations, and the clinical aspects of the agency’s communicable disease program. These programs are provided through clinics and walk-in services. The division also provides programs through home visits, schools, worksites and shelters.

Division of Communicable Disease Control and Preventive Services
The Division protects public health of county residents through surveillance of all reportable diseases, control and prevention of outbreaks and unusual occurrences, and provision of preventive services. Division staff investigates any of the 74 reportable diseases required by the Public Health Code as health care providers or those having knowledge of an occurrence or condition of such diseases submit the information. Information is submitted via phone or through NEDSS, the National Electronic Disease Surveillance System, to improve timeliness of response. Some diseases and conditions need immediate Division response as immuno- or chemoprophylaxis or other critical preventive control measures are required. Such diseases or conditions may include animal bites, diarrheal disease, bacterial meningitis, STD and reportable diseases and conditions occurring in sensitive situations such as food establishments, daycare centers, college dormitories and long term care facilities.

Division of Health Promotion
The goal of the division is to improve public health through education programs, screenings and media campaigns in areas such as Healthy Lifestyles (physical activity, nutrition, osteoporosis, diabetes), Cancer Prevention (Skin, Colorectal, Ovarian, Prostate and Breast Cancer), Tobacco Control, Highway Safety, and Unintentional Injury Prevention. These services are provided in an effort to empower individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities to play active roles in achieving, protecting and sustaining their health, thus limiting the need to access services from the medical community.

Bureau of Environmental Health Services
The Bureau of Environmental Health Services is composed of two operating divisions: Environmental Field Services (EFS) and Water Quality Management (WQM). These divisions carry out a wide range of educational, regulatory, and protective activities.

Division of Environmental Field Services
The Division of Environmental Field Services is responsible for licensing and inspecting food service facilities; investigating environmental complaints; and conducting health and safety inspections of organized camps, campgrounds, public bathing facilities, and mobile home parks; and oversees institutional sanitation and safety throughout Montgomery County.

Division of Water Quality Management
The Division of Water Quality Management (WQM) is responsible for pollution control to protect surface and groundwater through issuance of permits and inspections of private water supply and on-lot sewage disposal systems. WQM also responds to sewage and water quality complaints and reviews planning modules for land development.

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