Leaders Discuss Indiana’s Health Issues

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A group called the Alliance for a Healthier Indiana hopes to improve the health of Hoosiers.

A town hall meeting took place at Ivy Tech on Thursday.

Community leaders, health care providers, public safety workers and elected officials discussed Indiana’s health issues.

Officials say we have a good health system here, but more can be done to prevent disease.

For example, fighting tobacco use, which officials say is the leading cause of death in Indiana.

“It causes heart disease, stroke, a whole host of diseases and it makes other diseases worse. So, if we could begin to address tobacco use in our state, it would substantially improve the health of our people,” says Paul Halverson, Founding Dean and Professor at Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI.

Other health issues discussed on Thursday included obesity, the opioid epidemic and infant mortality.

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