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OU-HCOM hosts ODH Town Hall Meeting focused on health care transformation
Join other interested professionals for a discussion with Ohio Department of Health director, Dr. Ted Wymyslo, on improving the health outcomes of Ohioans.

(ATHENS, Ohio – July 30, 2013) Ted Wymyslo, M.D., director of the Ohio Department of Health, is traveling the state to meet with health professionals, academic institutions, public health colleagues and other health providers to discuss ways to integrate public health and clinical medicine to address health care in Ohio.

At seven town hall meetings in the next two months, Wymyslo will discuss the state’s health priorities including tobacco use, obesity, infant mortality, the patient-centered medical home concept and other issues related to Gov. John Kasich’s state biennial budget, and an initiative to move Ohio in the direction of paying for value with health care.

The meeting in Athens is hosted by the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine on Tuesday, Aug. 6, from 10 a.m. to noon in Irvine Hall 194 on the West Green. For more information and to register: http://www.odh.ohio.gov/TownHallTour

“I am pleased to say that Ohio's public health system continues to move forward as well. Through investments included in Ohio’s new two-year budget, state lawmakers have placed a great deal of emphasis on prevention and wellness programs, and funded important public health priorities such as tobacco cessation and infant health,” Wymyslo said. “These investments are a welcome relief for a state that ranks 4th highest in the nation in overall infant mortality rate—the rate of infant deaths in the first year of life—and ranks among the highest in the nation in adult and youth smoking.”

Improving the health of the state’s residents must be a priority, Wymyslo said, and government cannot do it alone.  In light of the need for the state to work with Ohio residents and health care providers, broader discussions are necessary to find ways to integrate public health and clinical medicine, and address the total health picture in Ohio, he said.

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