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Fact Sheet: Indiana Public Health Authorities

posted on Tue, May 14 2013 12:00 am by Mid-States Region

The state of Indiana has health laws to protect its residents from injury, disease, disability and death. These public health laws are carried out at the state level by the State Department of Health Services and the local level by the boards of health, and local health departments. In many cases, the legislature has authorized the state Department of Health to adopt rules.

This fact sheet reviews these three Articles from the perspective of the following broad public health functions:

  1. Management and Supervision
  2. Adoption of Rules, Policies and Guidelines
  3. Investigations
  4. Enforcement
  5. Information Collection, Analysis and Dissemination
  6. Care and Treatment


The fact sheet links the responsible entities with the particular functions. For example, the Enforcement responsibilities are shared among various state and local officials with overlapping responsibilities. It is important to note that the fact sheet is not exhaustive but provides a general overview for each of the Indiana health agencies to carry out broad public health functions.

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