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A National Meeting of State Health and Human Services Committee Chairs

  • Monday, June 5, 2023
    • In-Person Event
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This invitational meeting, sponsored by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), in partnership with the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), brings together health and human services committee chairs and vice chairs from around the country to learn and strategize about state health and human services priorities. The meeting will focus on timely health and human services topics, including workforce, Medicaid, social drivers of health and well-being, behavioral health and more.

This convening is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $813,543 with 100% funded by HRSA/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement by, HRSA, HHS or the U.S. government. 

Monday, June 5 

4:30-5:30 p.m. 

17th by Magnolia 


5-6 p.m. 

17th by Magnolia 

Networking Reception 
Enjoy hors d'oeuvres, beverages and conversation with other HHS chairs and vice-chairs from across the country. This reception is made possible through a grant from the Pritzker Children's Initiative. 

6-8 p.m. 

17th by Magnolia 

Welcome Dinner and Introductions  

Programming will include a high-level overview of the HHS policy landscape and trends, including both federal action and state action.  

Moderators: Tahra Johnson and Wade Fickler, NCSL  

Speaker: Gretchen Hammer, Public Leadership Consulting Group 

Tuesday, June 6 

8:30-9 a.m. 

17th by Magnolia 

Breakfast and Networking 

9-9:15 a.m. 

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Welcome and Overview of the Day 

Speakers: Tahra Johnson and Wade Fickler, NCSL   

9:15-10:30 a.m. 

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State Strategies to Bolster the Health Workforce 

This session will highlight state strategies to increase access to health care services delivered by a variety of providers. Attendees will have an opportunity to dive into state health workforce data related to Medicaid reimbursement and behavioral health, and state policy levers around recruitment and retention. 

Presentation Slideshow

Moderator: Kelsie George, NCSL 

Speakers: Patricia Pittman and Clese Erikson, Fitzhugh Mullan Institute for Health Workforce Equity at George Washington University 

10:30-10:45 a.m. 



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Going Big and Going Home: Supporting Home-Based Child Care 

Home-based child care serves more than a third of children under the age of 5. Yet these providers struggle to navigate policies and tap into resources often designed for child care centers. This session will explore the unique challenges of home-based care and promising policies to strengthen and grow this essential part of the child care workforce.

Presention Slideshow

Moderator: Jennifer Palmer, NCSL 

Speakers: Alexandra Patterson, Home Grown 

Deborah Young, Family, Friend and Neighbor Child Care Provider 

Noon-1:15 p.m. 

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Roundtable Discussions and Optional Wellness Walk  

Lunch will be provided. 

1:15-2:30 p.m. 

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Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Brain Development  

This session will examine current research on child and adolescent brain development, highlighting the structural and functional maturity of youth and young adults and the policy implications for states. Participants will engage in peer-to-peer learning about strategies to mitigate the impact of trauma on brain development, as well as developmentally appropriate mental health services for children and youth. 

Presentation Slideshow

Moderators: Heather Wilson and Karmen Hanson, NCSL 

Speaker: K. Ron-Li Liaw, M.D., Division of Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Children’s Hospital Colorado 

2:30-2:45 p.m. 


2:45-4:20 p.m. 

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Roundtable Discussions with National Experts 

This session will kick off with brief presentations from national experts, followed by roundtable discussions. Topics include: 

  • EMS and Community Paramedicine  
  • Housing 
  • Suicide Prevention and 988  

Presentation Slideshow

Moderator: Kelly Hughes, NCSL 

Speakers: Kate Elkins, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration  

Elaine Chhean, National Academy for State Health Policy 

Kelly Clarke, Vibrant Emotional Health  

4:20-4:30 p.m. 

17th by Magnolia 

Day #1 Wrap-Up 

4:45 p.m. 

Colorado State Capitol Tour (Optional) 


Dinner on Your Own  

Wednesday, June 7 

7:45 a.m. 

NCSL Office 

Board Bus to NCSL Office (7700 E 1st Pl., Denver) 

The final day of the meeting will take place at NCSL’s office. Attendees will board the bus at 7:45 a.m., and the bus will leave promptly at 8 a.m. Please check-out of rooms and bring your luggage on the bus. We will not be returning to the hotel.  

8:30-9:00 a.m. 

NCSL Office 

Breakfast, Welcome Back and Overview of the Day 

Moderators: Tahra Johnson and Wade Fickler, NCSL 

9:00-10:15 a.m. 

NCSL Office 

What’s New in Medicaid: 1115 Waivers, Innovations and More 

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have approved several first-in-the-nation Medicaid 1115 innovation waivers that permit the use of federal funds to improve efficiency and access in state Medicaid programs. This session will discuss an array of Medicaid innovations, with an emphasis on recently approved Section 1115 waivers.  

Presentation Slideshow

Moderator: Kathryn Costanza, NCSL 

Speaker: Jennifer Tolbert, Kaiser Family Foundation  

10:15-10:30 a.m. 


10:30-11:30 a.m. 

NCSL Office 

Game Time: Hot Topics in HHS 

A perennial favorite, this interactive session will highlight hot topics in health and human services. Topics include health care facilities, maternal and child health, food security and nutrition, and prevention of child maltreatment. 

Moderator: Samantha Scotti, NCSL 

Speakers: Kevin Davenport, Kendall Speer, Heather Wilson, and Hannah Ditzenberger, NCSL 

11:30 a.m.- 

12:15 p.m. 

NCSL Office 

Closing, Evaluations and Next Steps 

Moderators: Tahra Johnson and Wade Fickler, NCSL 

Boxed lunch will be provided.  

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