New cabinet-level post and Public Health Advisory Commission created
Thursday, September 22, 2016
LANSING, Mich. – The state’s Chief Medical Executive is being elevated to a cabinet-level position that reports to the Governor and Gov. Rick Snyder is creating a Public Health Advisory Commission through an executive order he signed today.
The establishment of a new cabinet-level post focused on public health and the creation of the commission were both recommendations of the Flint Water Advisory Task Force.
“We are continuing our efforts to improve the way state government works and ensure that we put people first across all departments and agencies of state government,” Snyder said. “The Chief Medical Executive and this commission will help us better protect the public health and safety of all Michiganders.”
The Office of Chief Medical Executive will serve within the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services but will report directly to the Governor. The office will help disseminate critical public health information, advocate for disease prevention, promote various health initiatives, and work with stakeholders to preserve the health of Michigan residents.
The Public Health Advisory Commission will serve as an advisory board within the Executive Office and will be tasked with providing input regarding public health issues, reviewing best practices across the nation, and recommending ways to improve public health in Michigan. The 24-member commission must complete its work and issue a final report to the Governor no later than April 1, 2017.
Membership will consist of the Chief Medical Executive, who will chair the Commission, the director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, or his or her designee, the director of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, or his or her designee, the director of MDHHS, or his or her designee, the director of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, or his or her designee, and the director of the Michigan Department of State Police, or a designee from the Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, as well as 18 gubernatorial appointees.
The 18 appointees shall include at least one member representing each of the following categories:
- A physician
- A registered nurse
- A licensed pharmacist
- A veterinarian
- A representative of a nationally-accredited medical school
- A representative of a school of public health from an institution of higher education in the state
- A local public health official
- A person with experience in hospital administration
- A local director of public works
- An epidemiologist
- A toxicologist
- A food safety expert
- An expert in environmental health; and
- A representative of a non-profit health or environmental organization
The full text of Executive Order 2016-19 is available here.