At a recent meeting of the Scioto County Health Coalition, it was made known that Dr. Aaron Adams would be stepping down as Scioto County Health Commissioner towards the end of January.
Adams has had the title of Scioto County Health Commissioner for the last 13 years and when asked about him stepping down, he said it was time for someone else to take over.
“I started on the (Scioto County) board of health in 1991 and moved my way through the process,” Adams said.
He said the took the position of Scioto County Health Commissioner when the person serving in the job died.
“After 13 years and a lot of different things we’ve done in the community and I’ve been in (medical) practice here 40 years,” Adams said.
Some of the various titles he’s had over the years include medical director of education at Southern Ohio Medical Center and he’s recently taken on the position of medical director for King’s Daughters Medical Center Ohio.
“Over the years you look down and see our county in a lot of trouble and you have to think to yourself, what can you do to make things better. So you get in (a position to make a difference) and you try,” Adams said.
He said making a difference in the health of the county will take a team of people such as the Scioto County Health Coalition and others to make a difference.
He emphasized, just because he will not be the county health commissioner, he will continue to practice medicine and will continue to work with the Scioto County Health Coalition.
When asked about regrets as health commissioner, Adams said one of the biggest challenges facing public health is funding.
“Ohio ranks 49th in the nation for public health funding so, public health can be a key partner with not for profits in the community (such as the Scioto County Health Coalition). With health departments working closely with health departments, it’s going to be a great thing for everyone,” Adams said.
Adams will leave the position of Scioto County Health Commissioner on Jan. 27 and it will be the day the board of health will be meeting.
Adams said it’s more than likely the board of health will appoint Dr. Michael Martian the next Scioto County Health Commissioner.
“Dr. Martian took my position on the board of health when I became the health commissioner in 2004. He’s had 13 years to understand public health and he’s involved in the treatment of addiction in the community,” Adams said. “He and I have talked about this for quite some time. I asked if I step down, will you step up and he said yes.”
He said having Martin step up to be Scioto County Health Commissioner is a great idea and will also be good for Scioto County.
“He’ll do a great job in that capacity (health commissioner), he’s still got enough youth left in him, he could be there for a long time,” Adams said.
Adams said once Martin is appointed health commissioner there will likely be another physician appointed to the position on the board of health.
For more information about the Scioto County Board of Health visit http://sciotocountydirectory.net/scodc/healthdepartment.html.
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