Ohio Dept. of Health Director candidate withdraws name from consideration

Ohio Dept. of Health Director candidate withdraws name from consideration
Dr. Joan Duwve went to undergrad school at The Ohio State University before receiving a Master of Public Health from the University of Michigan and her Medical Doctor Degree from Johns Hopkins University. (Source: SCDHEC)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (FOX19) - Joan Duwve, M.D., MPH, withdrew her name for consideration for the position of Director of the Ohio Department of Health Thursday evening, hours after Gov. Mike DeWine announced her.

Duwve cited personal reasons for withdrawing her name, according to a statement from the governor’s office.

DeWine’s administration will continue its search for a full-time ODH Director, the statement reads.

The news comes after Amy Acton, MD, stepped down from the position months ago.

Previously Thursday, Duwve, an Ohio native, said in a statement: “I am thrilled to return to Ohio, where I grew up. Through forging strong partnerships across the state, I firmly believe that together, we can build healthier communities that in turn create greater opportunities for all Ohioans to thrive.”

Duwve most recently served as the Director of Public Health at the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.

Joan Duwve, a native of Ohio, graduated from North Olmsted High School.
Joan Duwve, a native of Ohio, graduated from North Olmsted High School. (Source: South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control)

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