Kirchhofer to chair public health study committee, look at impacts of COVID-19

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Wednesday, July 1, 2020 11:02 am

STATEHOUSE (July 1, 2020) –  State Rep. Cindy Kirchhofer (R-Beech Grove) will chair the Interim Study Committee on Public Health, Behavioral Health and Human Services, which will study the impacts of COVID-19.

"The last several months have changed the way we live and work, and it is no different at the state level," Kirchhofer said. "Indiana has weathered this storm well, but there are still lessons that can be learned. While we hope another crisis like this does not happen, it is important that we are prepared."

By Sept. 18, Kirchhofer's committee will receive reports from the Indiana State Department of Health, Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, and Indiana Department of Child Services outlining agency plans for handling similar public emergency situations in the future and recommendations for potential legislation. Kirchhofer said her priority will be ensuring the state continues to respond to the pandemic appropriately and that Hoosiers remain safe and healthy moving forward. 

Kirchhofer will also continue serving on the Commission on the Social Status of Black Males and the Medicaid Advisory Committee.

According to Kirchhofer, committees will likely meet virtually this year to help limit the potential spread of the coronavirus, and details will be released in the coming weeks. She said any new process will remain transparent and open to the public. Committee hearings are livestreamed online and then archived so they can be watched later at iga.in.gov. The full list of topics to be studied can be found at iga.in.gov.

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State Rep. Cindy Kirchhofer (R-Beech Grove) represents House District 89,
which includes portions of Marion County.

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