Division of Health Access and Tobacco
The goal of the Division of Health Access and Tobacco is to continuously promote preventive health, wellness, and access to health care.
Local Health Councils History and Description
Legislation passed in 1982 succeeded the federally funded in health planning system in the state of Florida. Eleven local health councils were created as not-for-profit corporations. Each council is designated by law. The membership in these councils is composed of health care providers, purchasers and nongovernmental consumers. Members serve for two years and are eligible for reappointment. Primary services of the councils are to forecast health care needs in the community, study the impact of various initiatives on the health care system, provide assistance to the community and corporate sector to improve health care, assist state and local government in the development of sound and rational health care policies, advocate on behalf of the underserved, provide a repository of health data, assist in community-based health care planning and create and disseminate materials designed to increase the communities understanding of health care issues When funded to do so, the local health councils produced the Florida Health Data Sourcebook and District Sourcebooksrepositories of health care information on Floridas communities.