SB 387 establishes the Office of Minority Health within the State Department of Health. It requires the State Health Commissioner to appoint a director of the Office of Minority Health. That office is tasked with performing the duties previously assigned to the Health Department generally in conjunction with the Indiana Minority Health Coalition, Inc., including implementation of the Minority Health Initiatives already set forth in IC 16-46-11.
I don’t know. I know I’m a white guy. And, I know minority groups have their own health issues; cultural, economic, and otherwise. But, creating a new Office seems like a small increase in bureaucracy that likely won’t accomplish very much. According to the fiscal impact statement (pdf), it will be funded with appropriations from the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement.