2018 Health and Human Services Chairs Meeting: State Innovations and Opportunities to Improve Health and Human Services

6/13/2018

This invitational meeting, sponsored by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) in partnership with the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and The Annie E. Casey Foundation, brought together chairs of the health and human services committees from around the country to strategize about improving safety net systems through policy innovations and opportunities.

The theme of the meeting focused on addressing how the places where people live, learn, work, and play affect their health and well-being. Participants worked across domains to achieve the following:

  • Enhance state policy leadership.
  • Consider policy issues and options across generations and throughout the life course.
  • Learn about successful state-level system improvements.
  • Share concerns, interests and policy successes with colleagues.
  • Develop action steps to pursue in your own state.

 

ThursDay, June 14
Time Sessions

1:30-2 p.m.

Registration

2-2:15 p.m.

Welcome

William Pound, executive director, NCSL

Dr. Brian Shiozawa, HHS regional director, Region 8

Nicholas Zucconi, HRSA administrator, Region 8

Rob Geen, director of policy reform and advocacy, Center for Systems Innovation, The Annie E. Casey Foundation

2:15-2:30 p.m. Orientation to the Meeting
2:30-3:30 p.m.

Strengthening Health & Human Services in America

Connecting health and human services across the lifespan

 

Session moderator: Meghan McCann, NCSL

Speaker: Susan Dreyfus, Alliance for Strong Families and Communities | Powerpoint | PDF file-9 pages

 

Resources:

3:30-4 p.m. Prestesting
4-5 p.m.

Panel: State HHS Policy Leadership

A dialogue with health and human services committee chairs

 

Session moderators: Martha King and Wade Fickler, NCSL

Panel:  Chairs of health and human services committees

  • Senator Thomas Alexander, R, S.C.
  • Representative. Eileen Cody, D, Wash.
  • Sen. Hillman Frazier, D, Miss.
  • Sen. Charles Scott, R , Wyo.
5-6 p.m. Networking Opportunity and Reception
6-8 p.m. Welcome Dinner
FriDay, June 15
7:15-8 a.m.

Breakfast Buffet and Networking

8-9:15 a.m.

HHS Issues in Infancy and Childhood

Understanding how and why events in infancy and childhood have long-term consequences individuals, families and communities

 

Session moderators: Tahra Johnson and Julie Poppe, NCSL

Speaker: Dr. Michael Lu, The George Washington University | Powerpoint | PDF file-21 pages

9:15-10:30 a.m.

Substance Use and Child Welfare

A look at the correlation between parental substance use and child welfare

 

Session moderator: Kate Blackman, NCSL

Speakers: Robin Ghertner, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, HHS | Powerpoint | PDF file-19 pages

Dr. Annette Waters, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, HHS

 

Resources:

10:30-10:45 a.m. Break
10:45-11:45 a.m.

New Federal Initiatives: Family First Prevention Services Act

(SESSION SPONSOR: CASEY FAMILY PROGRAMS)

What does this new federal child welfare legislation mean for states?

 

Session moderator: Nina Williams-Mbengue, NCSL

Speakers:  Abbie Gruwell, NCSL

JooYeun Chang, Casey Family Programs

Dr. Moira A. Szilagyi, UCLA

 

Resources:

11:45-12:15 p.m. Lunch
12:15-1 p.m.

Walk to Capitol

1-2 p.m.

Discussion Groups – Round Tables

Hot health and human services policy topics

 

Session leads: Sydne Enlund and Nina Williams-Mbengue, NCSL

2-3 p.m.

Human Services and Medicaid - Systems in Transition

How states are changing their Medicaid and HHS systems to improve quality, efficiency and access to services

 

Session moderator: Lisa Waugh, NCSL

Speakers: Joan Henneberry, Health Management Associates | Powerpoint | PDF file-8 pages

Joe Moser, Health Management Associates

3-3:15 p.m. Break
3:15-4:15 p.m.

New Federal Initiatives: CMS Section 1115 waiver approvals

 

Session moderator: Haley Nicholson, NCSL

Speakers: Joan Henneberry, Health Management Associates | Powerpoint | PDF file-8 pages

Joe Moser, Health Management Associates

4:15-5 p.m.

Developing Action Plans

Session leads: Sydne Enlund and Nina Williams-Mbengue, NCSL

5 p.m. Evening on your own
SaturDay, june 16
7:15-8 a.m. Breakfast Buffet and Networking
8-9:15 a.m.

Aging Services

Policy options for addressing an aging population

 

Session moderator: Samantha Scotti, NCSL

Speaker: Sarah Barth, Health Management Associates | Powerpoint | PDF file-15 pages

9:15-9:45 a.m. 

Continued Action Planning Session

 

Session leads: Sydne Enlund and Nina Williams-Mbengue, NCSL

9:45-10 a.m. Break
10-11 a.m.

A Multigenerational Approach to Family Well-being

Strategies for ensuring health, well-being and economic self-sufficiency

 

Session moderator: Meghan McCann, NCSL

Speaker: Roxane White, The Aspen Institute| Powerpoint | PDF file-7 pages

 

Resources:

11-11:30 a.m. Break and Hotel Check-Out
11:30-Noon Post-test and participant feedback
Noon

Lunch and Final Remarks

 

Session moderators:  Martha King and Wade Fickler

12:30 p.m.

Adjourn

 

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