Ohio will have a new, permanent state health director after the resignation of Dr. Amy Acton in June. Ohio native Dr. Joan Duwve, a North Olmsted High School and Ohio State University graduate, will take over the position from interim director Lance Himes beginning in October, Gov. Mike DeWine announced at his Thursday, Sept. 10, coronavirus update.
Duwve was the South Carolina director of public health and formerly served in the medical and public health departments in Indiana under then-governor and now Vice President Mike Pence. She graduated from Johns Hopkins medical school.
“Dr. Duwve shares my passion for and commitment to children’s issues and other pressing public health issues, including substance abuse, lead paint awareness, suicide prevention, smoking cessation and injury prevention,” DeWine said.
Acton stepped down from her position in June and left state government in August after receiving praise and criticism for how she and the governor