New Ohio health director Dr. Joan Duwve withdraws name from consideration hours after being appointed by Gov. DeWine

New Ohio health director Dr. Joan Duwve withdraws name from consideration hours after being appointed by Gov. DeWine
Dr. Joan Duwve (Source: SCDHEC)

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Gov. Mike DeWine thought he found a permanent replacement for Dr. Amy Acton to head the Ohio Department of Health.

However, Dr. Joan Duwve withdrew her name from consideration just hours after the Governor appointed her.

The governor said Dr. Duwve, a graduate of North Olmsted High School and the Ohio State University, is a medical practitioner and has an extensive background in public health, previously serving in states that include South Carolina and Indiana.

“Dr. Duwve shares my passion for and commitment to children’s issues and many other pressing public health issues, including substance use treatment and prevention, lead paint awareness and remediation, suicide prevention, smoking cessation, and injury prevention,” the governor described.

Prior to Dr. Duwve’s appointment, Lance Himes served as the interim director for the Ohio Department of Health following Dr. Acton’s departure.

Dr. Acton stepped down from the director position in June after facing pressure from several lawmakers and some Ohioans for how she handled the coronavirus pandemic.

Gov. DeWine said Dr. Duwve was anticipated to begin at the start of October.

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