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New Ohio health director backs out just hours after Gov. DeWine announces her appointment Staff




Gov. Mike DeWine

Just hours after Gov. Mike DeWine announced the appointment of Dr. Joan Duwve to be the next Ohio Department of Health director, Duwve withdrew her name from consideration for the position.

DeWine’s office announced Thursday evening that Dr. Duwve withdrew her name from consideration for the position of Director of the Ohio Department of Health, citing personal reasons.

The governor’s administration will continue its search for a full-time director of the Ohio Department of Health, following the resignation of Dr. Amy Acton in June. Lance Himes has been acting as the interim director in the meantime.

Duwve is an Ohio native and a medical doctor with extensive experience in public health, DeWine said.

Duwve has been working for South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, as the Director of Public Health at the state’s Department of Health and Environmental Control.

Dr. Joan Duwve

Prior to that, Duwve served as Chief Medical Officer with the Indiana Department of Health and as the Medical Director for the department’s Division of Public Health and Preparedness.

Duwve is a graduate of North Olmsted High School and of The Ohio State University. She went on to receive a Master of Public Health from the University of Michigan and her medical degree from Johns Hopkins University.

DeWine said Duwve shares his passion for and commitment to children’s issues and many other pressing public health issues, including substance use treatment and prevention, lead paint awareness and remediation, suicide prevention, smoking cessation, and injury prevention.

Duwve’s leadership spans government and academic service, as she also was an associate dean of practice for the Indiana University Richard Fairbanks School of Public Health and developed and directed the Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes Center.

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