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2017 Legislative Committee on Public Health Futures Report

The re-established Legislative Committee met on March 10, 2016 at the Ohio Department of Health. Pursuant to Section 737.10 of the legislation, the Committee included members of the state legislature and various public health and government associations (Appendix 2). The Committee selected its Chair, Vice-Chair, and Secretary pursuant to the legislation.

After the presentations, Committee members discussed the process of local health districts becoming accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board and the need for collaboration across the state to achieve accreditation.  By April 2017, 16 local health districts had become accredited.

Chairman Burke authorized the creation of subcommittees to further discuss accreditation and collaboration in more detail.  The Committee agreed that funding was a central topic but would require further discussion after the Subcommittee’s reports.  The Subcommittee on Funding did not meet, as the Chairman announced that the funding discussion would continue in the upcoming State Fiscal Years 2018-19 budget deliberations.