In this weekly feature, the editors of SpringBoard highlight one career in the health care professions–including a basic description, educational requirements, core competencies/key skills needed, and related web sites and professional organizations where you can find more information!
Each state has a department dedicated to public health services for parents, children, and teens. These departments have various names—family health services; maternal and child health services; maternal, child, and adolescent health; and so on. The deputy director typically is the administrator who oversees the finances, handles personnel issues, guides the daily work of the department, and assists the director with decision making and long range planning. These departments house programs such as registries of birth defects, newborn screening systems, programs to track and prevent child abuse, educational programs to reduce teen pregnancies, family planning services, nutrition services, and more. Each of these sections has its own coordinator, but the … Read More