Sequestration cuts are beginning to affect organizations nationwide and the Winnebago County Health Department is not exempt.
The department stands to lose almost $480,000 in funding if sequestration continues. Officials are concerned that lack of funding will lead to drastic cuts in programming like childhood vaccinations, HIV testing services, cancer screenings for women, emergency response, maternal child health services, and more.
"This is on top of reduction that virtually all, including our department, the Winnebago County Health Department, have sustained over the past several years," Public Health Director Mike Bacon said. "These are particularly challenging to absorb and of course the main concern is for the clients.
According to Bacon, the department has gone through about $2 million in cuts and a 28 percent reduction in staffing since 2010.
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