The Knox County village of Danville calls itself the gateway to Amish country. It’s here that the county health department has set up a makeshift clinic. It’s attracting dozens of families who come in to be vaccinated against measles.
In a handful of central Ohio counties, public health officials are traveling back roads and setting up these clinics in churches and town halls. They’re trying to contain a measles outbreak among the mostly unvaccinated Amish community.
Members of the Ohio Senate Committee on Medicaid, Health, and Human Services and other health professionals from around the state will be in Cincinnati Thursday to discuss how to improve Ohio’s infant mortality rate.
The head of Ohio's addictions agency plans to talk about new data showing state residents still dying from drug overdoses at record rates.
Orman Hall is director of the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services. He also will use a news conference Tuesday afternoon to push for addiction treatment and other health care services for all Ohioans.
Data released last week show the number of people who died of accidental overdoses jumped 14 percent in 2011 for a total of over 17 hundred overall deaths.