- Associated Press - Saturday, May 16, 2015

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - A northern Indiana county is preparing to hire its first full-time health officer in more than a decade.

St. Joseph County hasn’t had a full-time health officer since Dr. Janice Carson retired in 2004. Officials weren’t able to find another physician with administrative experience, so they cut the position to 16 hours a week.

The South Bend Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/1IVQLYP ) that concerns about health issues such as obesity, tobacco use and infant mortality prompted a move to return to a full-time position.

The part-time position costs about $62,000 a year, while a full-time health officer will cost $140,000 annually. The county will be able to fund the difference for about 2 ½ years using about $277,000 of money left from a 1998 tobacco settlement.

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Information from: South Bend Tribune, https://www.southbendtribune.com


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