Womens Health Preconference: Fall Forum 2014


Promising State Practices in Women’s Health

Marriott Wardman Park |  Washington, D.C. |  Dec.  8-9, 2014

Adobe PDF logo To view PDF files, use or install Adobe Acrobat Reader.


Monday, Dec. 8, 2014


6 - 8 p.m.

Dinner: Women and Long-Term Care

Women account for the majority of the nation’s family caregivers. Women are also the largest users of Medicaid-funded long term services and supports because they live longer, have higher rates of disability and chronic health problems and lower incomes. This session includes a discussion about the role of family caregivers in America and opportunities for improvement in our current system.


Welcome and Moderator: Representative Jane Powdrell-Culbert, New Mexico

Speaker: Nancy LeaMond, executive vice president, State & National Group, AARP

Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014

8 - 8:30 a.m.

Welcome and Introductions

Martha King, group director, NCSL Health Program

9:30 - 10:45 a.m.

Women’s Health: Where We Have Been, and Where We Can Go

This session will provide an overview of key indicators for women’s health and highlight examples of states that have developed innovative solutions to address diseases and conditions that adversely affect women.


Moderator: Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles, Washington

Speaker: Michelle Berlin, M.D., M.P.H., co-director, Oregon Health & Science University Center for Women’s Health - "Powerpoint" (PDF file-33 pages)


10:45 a.m. - Noon

Evaluating What Works: Tools for State Policymakers

How can state legislators use best use the evidence available to inform policymaking and state heath investments? How do policymakers know if a strategy “works,” if it is based in research, or if it effectively translates research into practice? What questions can they ask or what resources can they use to answer these questions? This session will provide tools and resources to help legislators ask questions to ensure that state investments support evidence-based approaches.


Moderator: Representative Brenda Gilmore, Tennessee

Speaker: Jamie F. Chriqui, Ph.D., M.H.S., professor, Division of Health Policy and Administration Fellow, Institue for Health Research and Policy, School of Public Health, University of Illinois at Chicago - "Powerpoint" (PDF file-23 pages)


Noon - 1:15 p.m.


Lunch: Women and Access to Healthcare

Lunch will include a discussion about access to healthcare.


Moderator: Senator Patricia Miller, Indiana

Speaker: Christi Shaw, U.S. country head, president, Novartis Corporation and president, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation


1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

What’s Next: Promising Practices for Communication Discussion

This wrap-up session will include a discussion of the best ways for legislators to share information with constituents back home. How can you get the word out about the women’s health information you learned today? What are some innovative communications practices that have worked for you, and what would you like to do differently? We will also talk about additional women’s health topics to address at future NCSL meetings.



 This site is made possible with support from Novartis.