Indiana public health commission formed by Holcomb

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Facing a pandemic unlike any his predecessors have seen, Gov. Eric Holcomb Wednesday announced the formation of a public health commission that will spend the next year finding ways to improve the overall health of Indiana residents. While COVID response will figure into the work of the 15-person commission, Holcomb […]

Facing a pandemic unlike any his predecessors have seen, Gov. Eric Holcomb Wednesday announced the formation of a public health commission that will spend the next year finding ways to improve the overall health of Indiana residents.

While COVID response will figure into the work of the 15-person commission, Holcomb said that the panel’s scope would go far beyond this latest crisis.

“We’ve got our game plan right now to continue to work through the pandemic,” he said. “That’s not what this commission or this task force is about. This is a long-term look at where we want our state to be decades from now.”

More:As Indiana’s COVID cases soar past 3,500, state health officials work to ramp up testing

Holcomb tapped longtime Republican politician Luke Kenley and former state health commissioner Dr. Judy Monroe to co-chair the body. The group will convene for the first time next month and is expected to issue a report by next summer, in time for 2023 budget discussions, Holcomb said.

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