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Dr. Kristina Box: Bayh-Lugar Government Leader of the Year

November 16, 2020

The spotlight has shined brightly on Indiana State Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box. She would prefer being behind the scenes working with her team and digging into the numbers but accepts the upfront role as part of dealing with COVID-19. The “overwhelming negative response to being asked to wear masks” has been surprising, she says, and the uncertainty – “the only guarantee with this pandemic is it’s going to change” – has been challenging. She talks about the team effort, the early influence that led her to a medical career and areas of progress in other important areas of health care.

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