205187 Viewing Public Health Financail Information from a Different Perspective: Financial Ratio Analysis in Florida County Health Departments

Tuesday, November 10, 2009: 3:30 PM

Matthew Dillon, BS , Staff Development and Training, Florida Department of Health, Mary Esther, FL
Organizations use financial information from paying bills, to tracking expenditures/revenues, and comparing original budget planning to actual numbers reflecting the performance at large or subcomponents within the operation. Collecting data in public health is a routine practice but analyzing similar financial data even in similar reporting formats from like operations can vary extensively. Furthermore, the emphasis placed on financial information varies from program to program or among organizations making it hard to get comparative trends. A collaborative financial management survey was taken of various size county public health departments in Florida for a three year period and specific financial ratio analysis was applied to all participating counties in the same manner. Results indicate that trending the information over a period of time may prove valuable long term not only within a single state but eventually comparing to other county health departments nationwide for planning, sharing best practices or funding strategies. People and programs drive the success of public health in America, but finances sustain the process. Emphasis and improved financial accountability will stretch our dollars farther and possibly help pave a better path for driving preventive health further into our communities.

Learning Objectives:
1. Recognize the value of financial ratio analysis as a management tool 2. Understand how to conduct ratio analysis 3. Recognize the challenges and manpower resources to collect uniform data for comparative purposes 4. Identify key data elements in establishing a financial ratio analysis for local public health departments 5. Identify the relationship of finacnial management to monitoring operational performance 6. Analyze common ratios to formulate if ratios can provide a financial diagnostic tool

Keywords: Fiscal Policy, Financing

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: The presenter has significant experience in public health finance, education, and a training manager in the State of Florida. The presenter was a key lead in establishing ratio analysis inthe state of FLorida and is considered an expert on the implementation of these systems for financial analysis.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.