DPH: Local Health Administration

Connecticut Local Health

In Connecticut, ultimate responsibility for the overall protection of the public health falls with the Commissioner of Public Health. The Commissioner has authority over local health directors. He/she is required to assist and advise local health departments (LHDs) in the performance of their duties and may require the enforcement of any law, regulation or ordinance relating to public health.

The Office of Local Health Administration (OLHA) serves as the primary interface between the CT Department of Public Health and local health directors. In working to assure effective collaboration and partnership with LHDs, the OLHA is the principle Department entity that is responsible for the relationship with LHDs. You can contact the OLHA by calling (860) 509-7660 or e-mailing the Department's Webmaster at webmaster.dph@po.state.ct.us.

Currently, Connecticut has 73 health departments serving the state's entire population, 51 of which are full-time and 22 of which are part-time. The full-time departments include 30 individual municipal health departments and 21 health district departments (containing from two to 18 towns). Full-time health departments serve approximately 3,396,761 people or 95% of the State's population.

Local health departments (LHDs) are critical providers of population-based essential public health services at the local level in Connecticut. These departments are governmental entities separate from DPH, but are linked by statute in several important ways: approval of appointments of directors of health by the Commissioner of Public Health; mandates to carry out critical public health functions in the areas of infectious disease control in the community, environmental health, etc.; legal authority to levy fines and penalties for public health code violations, and to grant and rescind license permits (such as for food services establishments or septic systems); and funding to carry out the full array of public health activities to improve the health of people in their jurisdictions. Municipal health authorities and districts must include in their responsibilities the enforcement of the state public health code as required by DPH.

Full and Part Time Local Health Departments in Connecticut
  #Towns *Population Percent
Full Time 147 3,396,761 95%
   Municipal 30 1,676,158 46%
   Districts (21) 117 1,720,603 48%
Part Time 22 193,586 5%

Total 169 3,590,347 100%

*2012 Population Estimates           Last updated on 2/6/15  

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