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Program Description

  Health Planning and Epidemiology

The Health Planning and Epidemiology program serves as the expert in planning and analytic epidemiology within HHS and is responsible for community health needs assessment, program evaluations, disease surveillance and outbreak investigations, health statistics and data management, epidemiology and biostatistics, ongoing development and maintenance of a population data warehouse, and special research projects in collaboration with internal and external partners and academic institutions. The program coordinates and assists with annual performance measure reporting and is responsible for coordinating the students' internship and practicum within Public Health Services. The program provides data and epidemiology support to programs within Public Health Services and DHHS, internal/external partners, as well as support to the Health Officer and the DHHS Director's Office.

Program Contacts

Contact Nina Ashford, DrPH, MPH of the HHS - Public Health Services at 240.777.4253 or Grace Pedersen of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.773.1088 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.


Program Performance Measures

Program Performance MeasuresActual FY22Actual FY23Estimated FY24Target FY25Target FY26
Number of community health outcome and social determinants of health indicators tracked 1250250250250250
Number of presentations accepted or invited to conferences/meetings to communicate health statistics and research findings 213222
Expansion of the knowledge base on community health outcomes for improved decision making as measured by the number of foundational public health surveillance/research reports/publications released 331111
1  The program does not anticipate any change to the number of community health outcomes and social determinants of health indicators tracked in the coming years, unless there are major changes to how or what health assessments are conducted or standard processes for improving population health change.
2  The number of abstracts and presentations submitted is impacted by team's workload and responsibilities related to other projects. All potential submissions also require DHHS leadership approval.
3  There were fewer reports in FY23 than FY22 due to limited availability of updated data from the State. The program has published and released statistical reports for most health topics and outcomes over the years, but will look to expand to new topics. Prior reports will be updated with more recent data as possible.

Program Budget Changes

FY25 Recommended ChangesExpendituresFTEs
FY24 Approved7797064.00
Add: Federal Grant to Enhance the Detection, Response, and Prevention of Emerging Infectious Diseases24335050.00
Add: Strengthening Maryland's Public Health Infrastructure Grant4302381.00
Multi-program adjustments, including negotiated compensation changes, employee benefit changes, changes due to staff turnover, reorganizations, and other budget changes affecting multiple programs.-1251990.00
FY25 Recommended35182505.00