Six of nine public health district offices are closing

The goal, according to Liz Sharlot, communications director for the Department of Health, is to cut agency expenses without cutting what she called “core public health services.” As a result, she said, the department is looking at making most of its cuts in administrative areas, although certain services will be cut as well.

“We know that we have got to make changes, reorganize the store so to speak,” Sharlot said. “Really what we’re doing, we’ve been trying to operate more like a business model. We want to be more efficient and effective and align our funding streams and decrease our administrative costs.”

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