Social and Health Care Services
Kainuu Social Welfare and Health Care Joint Authority (Kainuun sote) provides all the social welfare and health care services for the municipalities of Hyrynsalmi, Kajaani, Kuhmo, Paltamo, Ristijärvi, Sotkamo and Suomussalmi. In Puolanka, the organisation provides only the special health care services and and environmental health care services. Kainuu is a forerunner in Finland in terms of integrating primary health care services with specialized medical care as well as social services. Kainuun sote is the biggest employer in the region with about 3 700 employees.