New Indiana public health commission announced

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb announced details on Wednesday for a new public health commission to research protocols and policies that have been successful or unsuccessful over the course of the pandemic.

This commission will spend the next 12 months meeting and conversing with experts at 94 different health departments across Indiana to analyze data.

After that period, the commission will create recommendations for the public concerning COVID-19, lowering infant mortality rates, lowering smoking numbers and improving access to preventive care.

"The work that's going to be conducted couldn't be more pressing. You might say that this is our Achilles heel and we're not alone in this in the country,” said Governor Holcomb.

The commission will have 15 members and will begin setting up local task forces in September.

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