Case Studies

Laying the foundation for modernizing Indiana’s public health system

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, Indiana’s public health system, administered primarily at the local level, struggled to meet the state’s public health challenges. The pandemic further exposed the system’s deficiencies, as well as the geographic, racial, ethnic, and socio-economic disparities in health outcomes that exist across the state. Recognizing that the state can and must do better, Governor Eric Holcomb appointed a 15 member Governor’s Public Health Commission (“the Commission”) charged with examining the strengths and weaknesses of Indiana’s public health system and making recommendations for improvements.

The Commission held monthly meetings from September 2021 through July 2022. Its work was driven through the following six workstreams led by designated policy advisors who conducted research, engaged experts and stakeholders, and developed draft recommendations for the Commission’s consideration: 1) governance, infrastructure, and services, 2) public health funding, 3) workforce, 4) data and information integration, 5) emergency preparedness, and 6) child and adolescent health.

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Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, Indiana’s public health system, administered primarily at the local level, struggled to meet the state’s public health challenges. The pandemic further exposed the system’s deficiencies, as well as the geographic, racial, ethnic, and socio-economic disparities in health outcomes that exist across the state. Recognizing that the state can and must do better, Governor Eric Holcomb appointed a 15 member Governor’s Public Health Commission (“the Commission”) charged with examining the strengths and weaknesses of Indiana’s public health system and making recommendations for improvements.

The Commission held monthly meetings from September 2021 through July 2022. Its work was driven through the following six workstreams led by designated policy advisors who conducted research, engaged experts and stakeholders, and developed draft recommendations for the Commission’s consideration: 1) governance, infrastructure, and services, 2) public health funding, 3) workforce, 4) data and information integration, 5) emergency preparedness, and 6) child and adolescent health.

Download the read the approach and results.

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