Obesity, tobacco use among targets of state’s health priorities

Indiana health officials are targeting infant mortality, obesity, tobacco use and other health priorities in a new five-year plan aimed at improving the health of Hoosiers.

The plan released Monday also focuses on assuring food safety, cutting health care-related infections, and reducing the burdens of viral hepatitis and HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.

Fort Wayne-Allen County Health Officer Dr. Deborah McMahan says that if Indiana can achieve the six priorities and make key improvements to its health systems, it will significantly impact health in Indiana. She helped lead the panel that developed the plan. The committee also included representatives from health professionals, state agencies, health care facilities, academics, not-for-profits, and community and business leaders.

The five-year plan can be viewed at www.statehealth.in.gov.

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