MOUNT VERNON — A legislative committee is being formed to look at the future of public health in Ohio, Knox County Health Commissioner Julie Miller reported Wednesday. The committee will make recommendations to the Ohio Legislature, she reported at the Knox County Board of Health meeting. Results from a public health futures report conducted by the Ohio Public Policy Institute prompted the need for the formation of this legislative committee.
Miller said that recommendations were to be made within five months; and a “credible report with great recommendations” was submitted. But Miller said that the recommendations made by the committee were not consistent with what was reported in House bill legislation. “None of them match the public health futures recommendations ... and we’re quite upset with what’s come down with the recommendations being made into the legislation,” said Miller. “Their legislation wasn’t well thought out, in the opinion of myself and most of my peers.”
Miller submitted a report with solutions to the board members Wednesday to review and be aware of what is being pursued through legislature, pointing out which areas need the most attention.
Miller also announced that she and Director of Nursing Jackie Fletcher have been meeting with dentists in the area for feedback on the dental clinic. “We’re just trying to assess what the dentists in the county think on how we can better help them as well the need for having a dental advisory board,” said Miller.
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