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Gov. Holcomb names new State Health commissioner

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Gov. Holcomb names new State Health commissioner

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Eric Holcomb on Monday named Dr. Kristina Box to lead Indiana’s Department of Health as its health commissioner, replacing Dr. Jerome Adams who recently became the U.S. surgeon general. “I can think of no one better suited than Dr. Box to lead our state’s health department at this critical […]

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Ryan White’s school remembers his legacy on 30th anniversary

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com ARCADIA, Ind. — With security and the press surrounding him, Ryan White walked through the halls of Hamilton Heights High School for his first day of school there 30 years ago, feeling loved, welcomed and a sense of normality for the first time in years. “I’m just one of the kids, […]

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Health officials investigate spike in whooping cough cases

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS —Hoosiers need to be wary of pertussis, also known as whooping cough, after an increase in cases across the state. In the first half of 2017, 136 cases of pertussis have been already confirmed in Indiana. That is more than twice the cases the state saw in the same period of […]

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Hendrickson latest Hoosier leader to join Trump administration

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — President Donald Trump is pulling yet another Hoosier out of Indiana and into Washington, D.C. Brandye Hendrickson, current Indiana State Personnel Department director, has been chosen to take on the role of deputy administrator of the Federal Highway Administration. Her last day serving in Indiana will be Friday. “I am […]

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Trump picks Indiana’s Jerome Adams for U.S. surgeon general

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana State Health Commissioner Dr. Jerome Adams has been nominated by President Donald Trump to be the next United States surgeon general. “Dr. Jerome Adams is a dedicated champion for overall health and wellness and genuinely cares about citizens in every corner of our state,” Gov. Eric Holcomb said in […]

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Syringe exchange programs spark drug prevention debate

By Zoie Richey TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — As lawmakers consider expanding access to syringe exchange programs, they’re having to weigh how the changes would impact both public health and drug prevention. House Bill 1438 would allow a county or city to enact its own syringe exchange program rather than seek approval from the state. “I believe […]

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Attorney general at odds with governor over needle exchanges

By Quinn Fitzgerald TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Attorney General Curtis Hill finds himself on the opposite side of Gov. Eric Holcomb and fellow House Republicans on the issue of syringe exchange programs. Hill testified against House Bill 1438, which would allow a county or city to enact its own syringe exchange program rather than have to […]

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Public health emergency declared in Allen County

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A public health emergency has been declared in Allen County, allowing the county health department to establish a syringe exchange program in an effort to stop the spread of hepatitis C. The increase in hepatitis C cases puts county residents at risk for other diseases spread through intravenous drug use, […]

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Wayne County to launch a syringe exchange program

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A public health emergency has been declared in Wayne County, allowing the county health department to establish a syringe exchange program in an effort to stop the spread of hepatitis C. State Health Commissioner Jerome Adams made the declaration Friday. “Every Indiana community should know its risk factors for an […]

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Hoosiers asked to check vaccination records before going to university events

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Since at least 50 mumps cases have been confirmed at four Indiana universities, state health officials are reminding Hoosiers to check their vaccination records before attending university events. “College campuses can be breeding grounds for illness because students are in frequent close contact in dorms and at social events,” State […]

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