IPHA Applauds Development of Governor’s Public Health Commission Report

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August 5, 2022

Indiana Public Health Association Applauds Development of Governor’s Public Health Commission Report

IPHA leadership and members poised to guide implementation of recommendations

With the release of the final report of the Governor’s Public Health Commission (GPHC), Indiana Public Health Association (IPHA) representatives extend deepest appreciation and congratulations to all who have offered input, guided the process and shaped final recommendations, including co-chairs, Dr. Judy Monroe and the Honorable Luke Kenley, and members; Dr. Kristina Box and Indiana Department of Health leadership and staff; and countless representatives of other state and local public agencies, community-based stakeholders, and the public at large.

As a state, Indiana historically and chronically ranks among the lowest in the country in per capita public health spending, which is then reflected in many measures that indicate worse health, shortened longevity and poorer quality of life for Hoosiers compared to peer states and the nation overall.

Governor Eric J. Holcomb established the Commission last year to assess and analyze disparities in the delivery of public health services and health outcomes across the state, given the revelations and lessons of the COVID-19 pandemic and the long gap since the strengths and weaknesses of Indiana’s current public health system were last reviewed.

“We’re grateful to have had an active role on the Commission which allowed us to listen, learn and contribute input in a meaningful way, representing not just our membership, but the broader network of public health partners,” said IPHA President, Ellie Hansotte. “We remain committed to this ongoing process and expect to play a leading role in implementing recommendations by convening and coordinating partners, guiding a systems change approach, and organizing and advocating for increased funding, policy supports and best practice strategies that will lead to healthier people and more equitable, thriving communities.”

Improving the equitable delivery of essential public health services across Indiana will require a significant increase in funding, and that investment must be stable, recurring and accessible. Additional annual funding of more than $240 million is recommended, but even that will only bring Indiana in alignment with the pre-pandemic per capita national average.

IPHA looks forward to Governor Holcomb’s continued leadership in championing change and urges members of the Indiana General Assembly and public health stakeholders to carefully review the data, findings and recommendations of the report in full; to engage in thoughtful discourse and a solution-oriented, transparent process leading to system modernization; and to pursue measures that will honor the intent, process and guidance of the GPHC.

“We implore our state’s elected and civic leaders to commit resources and action toward improved public health services and a stronger health workforce, and we are poised to assist,” said Hansotte in closing. “The health of Hoosiers and the vibrancy and resiliency of Indiana depend on it.”

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About the Indiana Public Health Association

The Indiana Public Health Association (IPHA) builds capacity among public health professionals and partners to achieve health equity and well-being for all across the state of Indiana. IPHA supports and defends public health by convening leaders, advocating for best practice solutions, changing policy and training professionals.

Media Contact: Kim Irwin, kirwin@inpha.org, 317-701-0093

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