Reports and Publications
The National Profile of Local Health Departments (commonly referred to as "the Profile Study") is a nationwide study investigating relevant topics on local public health infrastructure. Information on governance, finance, workforce, and public health activities are available for further research on local health departments. Data request forms and technical documentation related to the Profile studies series can be accessed here.
2010 Profile Study
With the most current description of LHD infrastructure and practice, the 2010 Profile study can be used to make local and regional comparisons, drive policymaking, and conduct research on local public health practice. Click here to learn more about the 2010 Profile study.
Changes in Local Health Department Services and Activities
Changes in Local Health Department Expenditures
2010 Profile Figures and Charts
The 2008 National Profile of Local Health Departments covers many different topics on LHD infrastructure such as governance, finance, workforce, and activities and services.
View the Main Report (PDF).
Read the Brochure of Fast Facts (PDF).
Reports and Research Briefs (PDF)
Rural LHDs Report
LHD Workforce Report
Informatics at LHDs Report
Changes in Occupations of LHD Staff Research Brief
Race and Ethnicity of LHD Employees Research Brief
Local Health Department Infrastructure Study, 1999–2000
The 1993 Profile had a response rate of 72 percent, with 2,079 local public health agencies out of 2,888 responding. Data from the 1993 Profile were published as part of NACCHO's National Surveillance Series, which is now out of print.
The 1990 Profile had a response rate of 77 percent, with 2,269 local public health agencies out of 2,932 responding. Data from the 1993 Profile were published as part of NACCHO's National Surveillance Series, which is now out of print.