Improve Hoosier Health: Officials Formulate Proposal

Written by Nicholas Serrano. Posted in Short Takes, Uncategorized

Published on August 15, 2011 with No Comments

A five-year plan outlining several priorities for improving the health of Hoosiers is now available and ready to be implemented, State Health Officials said.The Indiana State health Improvement Plan focuses on assuring food safety, reducing healthcare associated infections, and reducing the burden of HIV, sexually transmitted diseases, and Viral Hepatitis, as well as infant mortality, obesity and tobacco use. The six health priorities identified were determined to have the most significant influence on health and illness in Indiana. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention health priorities, “Winnable Battles,” were used as a basis. The Plan was developed by a committee led by Dr. Deborah McMahan, Health Officer for the Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health and Dr. Richard B. Williams, Dean, College of Nursing, Health and Human Services, Indiana State University. They got input from health groups and academic leaders statewide. “The Plan focuses on several health priorities, as well as key system improvements that, when achieved, will significantly impact health in Indiana,” said Dr. McMahan.

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