Governor’s Public Health Commission discusses public health structure, governance

INDIANAPOLIS—The Governor’s Public Health Commission met Thursday at the Indiana State Library to discuss how public health is structured and governed as part of its work to examine the state’s public health system and make recommendations that can improve the delivery of public health services across the state. Pam Pontones, deputy state health commissioner and state epidemiologist, described how Indiana’s decentralized public health system works and provided comparisons to governance models in other states. To watch the video of today’s meeting, go to A comment form is posted online for the public to provide feedback on any of the commission’s topics of discussion. The commission will also conduct in January statewide listening tours in to hear directly from communities.Governor Eric J. Holcomb established the 15-member commission in August. In addition to structure and governance, the commission’s work is focusing on areas that include funding, emergency preparedness, data and information, and the integration of childhood and adolescent health services.The commission will discuss the use of data and information at its next meeting on Jan. 20 in the History Reference Room at the Indiana State Library, Indianapolis.More information about the commission, including agendas, presenter slides, resources and other materials, can be found at Executive Order 21-21, which established commission, can be found here

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