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New State Health Director Experienced In Government and Academia

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Governor Mike DeWine has named Ohio's next Department of Health director, nearly three months after former director Doctor Amy Acton stepped down. Ohio Public Radio's Andy Chow reports.  

DeWine has appointed Doctor Joan Duwve as the new director of the Ohio Department of Health. 


Duwve was Indiana's chief medical officer under three governor's including now-Vice President Mike Pence. 


DeWine says Duwve has most recently served as public health director of the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control where she's been helping the state through the COVID-19 pandemic. 


"She's been immersed in this battle just as we've been immersed in this battle." 


Duwve grew up in Ohio, graduating from North Olmsted High School before going to Ohio State University as an undergrad then later to the University of Michigan and Johns Hopkins University. 


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