NewsPublic Affairs / June 29, 2017

Trump Nominates Ind. Health Commissioner For Surgeon General

Indiana Health Commisioner Jerome Adams, shown here in 2015, has been nominated for U.S. Surgeon General.  - Gretchen Frazee/WTIU

Indiana Health Commisioner Jerome Adams, shown here in 2015, has been nominated for U.S. Surgeon General.

Gretchen Frazee/WTIU

President Donald Trump has nominated Indiana Health Commissioner Jerome Adams for the U.S. Surgeon General position.

Then-Governor Mike Pence first appointed Adams to the position in 2014 and Gov. Eric Holcomb re-appointed him in 2017.

During his tenure overseeing public health in Indiana, Adams supervised the roll-out of the needle exchange programs legalized in 2015.

Adams is an advocate of the programs, aimed at reducing the spread of HIV and Hepatitis C among intravenous drug users. He testified in favor of a bill making it easier for county and municipal governments to establish the programs, which Holcomb ultimately signed.

“Dr. Jerome Adams is a dedicated champion for overall health and wellness and genuinely cares about citizens in every corner of our state,” Holcomb said in a statement. “I’m delighted President Trump seeks to bring another Hoosier to Washington, D.C.”

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