HHS Standing Committee Newsletter | Sept. 22 Edition


HHS Newsletter

Continuity of Operations and Supply Chain Meeting

Join the NCSL Health and Human Services (HHS) Committee and The Public Private Partnership on Disaster Mitigation and Recovery Joint Meeting on Continuity of Operations and Supply Chain on Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 3 p.m. ET.

As public officials confront the pandemic in their states, continuity of operations (COOP) and supply chain resilience are some of the most consequential and immediate challenges to solve. At a time when they’re needed most, emergency management agencies and hospitals have faced unprecedented hurdles to continued operations. Meanwhile, emergency personnel, COVID-19 patients and health professionals all require critical medical supplies and personal protective equipment in order to limit transmission, contain the virus and save lives. Speakers will discuss how state officials can improve both supply chain and COOP, and what state legislatures can do to facilitate that.  

Register for this Zoom call.  

NCSL Base Camp Roundup

NCSL’s Base Camp 2020, a virtual three-day meeting held Sept. 15-17, was a great success! Thank you to those who were able to join. For those who registered for the event, all recordings of the presentations will be available to view for the next 30 days. Two HHS sessions to highlight:

Dr. Deborah Birx on COVID-19: The Path Forward

NCSL members heard from Dr. Deborah Birx, coronavirus response coordinator for the White House Coronavirus Task Force, for an update on the COVID-19 pandemic and the public health response. She answered questions on a number of topics, including which federal and state efforts are showing promise in reducing rates of COVID-19. What lessons can we learn from this and past pandemics that lawmakers can take into consideration before their next legislative session? This was a chance to hear directly from one of the nation’s premier public health officials who’s been in the eye of the storm since it started.

Addressing Racial Disparities in Health, Well-being and Economic Security

Speakers: Camara Jones  Ian Rowe  Jenifer Sarver 

COVID-19 and the current national reckoning with racism have given rise to conversations about how to reimagine and rebuild the nation’s health and human services systems and economy. We got to hear from Ian Rowe, a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and Dr. Camara Jones, a family physician, epidemiologist and past president of the American Public Health Association, about their perspectives on racial disparities. Learn about concerning trends in health, well-being and economic security for communities of color, and what states can do to address inequities. Moderated by Jenifer Sarver, Sarver Strategies.

NCSL Blogs

NCSL Webinars

Upcoming: Sept. 30: Examining Diversity in COVID-19 Clinical Trials

Spotlight On

We would like to shine a special spotlight in this newsletter to share the exciting news that the HHS Committee’s own Mark Andrews won NCSL’s 2020 Legislative Staff Achievement Award! Well-deserved and a big congratulations, Mark!!