On June 12, 2012 Governor John Kasich signed into law Am. Sub. H.B. 487 (Appendix 1) which provides authorization for the establishment of the Committee. The bill charged the Committee to review the June 2012 report of the Futures Committee of the Association of Ohio Health Commissioners (AOHC) and develop recommendations for legislative and fiscal policies that would improve local public health services in Ohio. The Committee was to prepare a report for the Governor, Ohio Senate and Ohio House by October 31, 2012. Pursuant to section 737.91 of the legislation, the Committee included members of the state legislature and various public health and government associations (Appendix 2).
The intent and purpose of the recommendations are to reduce barriers and provide opportunities for public health to demonstrate outcomes, improve quality, streamline reporting, and create efficiencies. In addition, the recommendations demonstrate the connectivity between ODH and local health districts and challenge the state to provide continued leadership in the areas of data, programs, and administration. If implemented, these recommendations will give public health more tools to collaborate, integrate programs and services, and improve the assurance of services for all Ohioans.