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Investing in Your Health: How The Indiana State Department of Health Uses State Tax Dollars

 

September 2, 2020

Welcome back to DOR’s Indiana Tax Dollars at Work campaign. In September, we are highlighting the important role the Indiana Department of Health plays in your daily lives and how state tax dollars improve the health and well-being of Hoosiers throughout Indiana.

You may have heard more from the health department lately, as it has taken the lead on keeping Indiana and its leaders informed and aware during the COVID-19 pandemic.  However, the agency provides many other resources and programs to Hoosiers across the state.  Let’s dive into some of the programs the health department offers.

Providing Health Education
Did you know Indiana has a Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education. Through this Center, the health department provides assessment, services, information and recommendations related to communication, language development, and education of deaf and hard of hearing children.

Free Dental Services for Those in Need
Indiana Donated Dental Services, which is part of the national program Dental Lifeline Network, provides dental care to the disabled, elderly or medically at-risk patients. Funding from the state health department allows Indiana Donated Dental Services to provide quality, safe dental and oral health care to those who lack access to a dental professional or cannot afford treatment. From July 2019 to April 2020, the program served 273 patients and donated more than $570,000 in treatment and services.

Informing the Public About Chronic Diseases
Education is often one of the best ways to help Hoosiers be aware of signs in their health to prevent issues. There are many items that fall into chronic disease education in the state of Indiana. Programs such as the Asthma Program, Breast & Cervical Cancer Program, Cardiovascular Health, Diabetes Prevention and Control Program and more use your tax dollars to better help the health of Hoosiers.

While this is only a short list of what the state health department does, we hope you learned something new!

For more information about how the agency works to keep you in good health, visit www.health.in.gov.

And while we’re talking about health, let’s also give a shoutout to all of the health department employees, healthcare workers and providers for stepping up to the challenge the COVID-19 pandemic has presented. Thank you!

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