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About the Commission

On August 18, 2021, Governor Eric J. Holcomb established by executive order the Governor's Public Health Review Commission to study Indiana's public health system.  The Governor’s Public Health Commission will be co-chaired by former state Sen. Luke Kenley, who has spent decades managing complex issues and budgets for the state, and Dr. Judy Monroe, who served as Indiana’s state health commissioner from 2005 to 2010. State Health Commissioner Kris Box is appointed the Commission’s secretary.  Congresswoman Susan Brooks, who formerly represented the Fifth Congressional District, serves as a non-voting citizen advisor and brings a wealth of federal experience in preparedness, the public health workforce, and more.

Commission Members

Judith A. Monroe, MD, FAAFP, former State Health Commissioner

Hon. Luke Kenley, JD, former State Senator

Kristina M. Box, MD, FACOG, current State Health Commissioner

Hon. Susan Brooks, JD
Non-voting Citizen Advisor

Virginia Caine, MD
Director and Chief Medical Officer, Marion County Public Health Department

David J. Welsh, MD, MBA
Ripley County Local Health Officer

Mindy Waldron, REHS
Allen County Public Health Administrator

Paul K. Halverson, DrPH, FACHE
Founding Dean, Indiana University Fairbanks School of Public Health

Hannah L. Maxey, PhD, MPH, RDH
Associate Professor and Director of IU Bowen Center for Health Workforce Research & Policy

Brian C. Tabor
President of Indiana Hospital Association

Carl Ellison
President and Chief Executive Officer of Indiana Minority Health Coalition

Cara Veale, DHS, OTR, FACHE
Chief Executive Officer at Indiana Rural Health Association

Kim Irwin, MPH
Administrator of Indiana Public Health Association

Hon. Mark Bardsley
Grant County Commissioner

Hon. Bob Courtney, CPA
City of Madison Mayor

Hon. Dennis Dawes, MHA
Hendricks County Commissioner

Commission member biographies

Public Comment

The Governor's Public Health Commission actively sought input from the public through an online REDCap form.  A summary of the comments was read into the record at each meeting and shared with members for their review.  Those summaries are included in the meeting notes below.

Listening Tours

Seven listening tours were held around the state to solicit public input.  The tour opened with a brief presentation on the Commission and an overview of public health, but the majority of time was allocated to taking public testimony.  Listening tours were over the lunch hour to maximize the opportunity for participation.  Each speaker was allotted 3 minutes for verbal comments on one of the subject areas under review by the Commission, but written testimony was also accepted.  The summaries from the listening tours can be found in the April and May meeting notes below.

Listening tour locations and dates
Listening tour slideshow and hearing guidelines
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GPHC Report

The Governor's Public Health Commission report is now available and includes recommendations for improvements in six workstreams: funding; workforce; governance and infrastructure; data and analytics; emergency preparedness; and childhood and adolescent health. Those recommendations will form the basis of proposed legislation for the 2023 legislative session.

Governor's Public Health Commission Report and Appendices

View the Aug. 4, 2022, news brief recording here.


The Governor's Public Health Commission held its final meeting on June 30, 2022 at the Indiana State Library in the History Reference Room.  The Commission adopted the draft report with amendments and directed staff to finalize the report for submission to the Governor.  Pursuant to Executive Order 21-21, the Commission sunsets upon the delivery of the written report to the Governor and the Indiana Department of Health.

Recordings of the meetings are available below and at the Department's YouTube channel.