Rx for public health

Indiana has among the worst health outcomes and highest health care costs in the nation

April 12, 2009
by Judith Monroe, State Health Commissioner
Indianapolis Star

We rank near the bottom among states for mental, physical and economic well-being, according to a recent Gallup-Healthways survey. Indiana comes in last in attracting federal funds to prevent disease and injuries.

Make strengthening public health a priority

To improve Indiana's health outcomes, we must focus on wellness, not on treating disease. In fact, a recent Trust for America's Health report said if Indiana invested $10 per person in disease prevention programs, we would save more than $58 million in one to two years.

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