WAYNE—Lieutenant Governor Mike Foley wants to help public health departments navigate through what he calls the complicated machine that is state government.
Foley visited the Northeast Nebraska Public Health Department in Wayne to visit with Director Julie Rother Tuesday afternoon.
Rother hopes a visit from Lieutenant Governor Foley will spark improvement to the health department’s vulnerable funding.
“We struggle to find funding. We struggle to maintain that funding. And one thing that I really want to do today is be able to explain to Lieutenant Governor some of the important work that we’ve done to protect the health of the public and how the funding we currently have really doesn’t support all of the things that need to be done out here in rural Nebraska.”
The Lieutenant Governor sat down to learn about services such as disease control, health literacy and education, and emergency preparation
the department provides to the four counties in the area.
As the current administration prepares to hit the campaign trail this next year, Foley says their administration wants to focus on serving Public Health Departments more efficiently.
“They do great work here, they really know how to stretch a dollar in an agency like this. So these are the kind of agencies we want to be very supportive of.”