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“Know Your Status” - States and Communities Fight STDs and HIV; April 7, 2010, 1-2 p.m.
“Know your status” is the message public health officials promote to encourage everyone to know their STD and HIV infection status as a component of their general personal health care. Confronting the health disparities in sexually transmitted diseases and HIV/AIDS depends on everyone knowing their status, since higher levels of untreated infections in communities can lead to more people becoming infected. This webinar presents innovative state and community approaches to overcoming stigma and encouraging people to get tested.


CSG Health Policy Forum: Cancer, Stroke and Pandemic Flu, Dec. 10-12, 2009 San Francisco, CA
Dr. Chris Bowden, Senior Group Medical Director, Genentech, "Cancer Treatment Advances"
Heather Kirk, Advocate, "Orally Administered Chemotherapy: An Oregon Family's Story"
2009 CSG Annual Meeting, La Quinta, Calif., Nov. 12-14, 2009
Resolutions adopted:
David Johnson, health disparities coordinator, Division of STD Prevention, CDC


Alan Weil, executive director, National Academy for State Health Policy
Jon Healey, The Los Angeles Times


Alan Weil, Executive Director, National Academy for State Health Policy
Preston Cody, Basic Health, Washington State Health Care Authority


Dr. Francine Kaufman, chief medical officer, Medtronic Inc., Diabetes    
Stephen Geist, Alzheimer's Association, California Southland
Ripley Forbes, Partnership for Prevention


Ohio Sen. Kevin Coughlin
Dr. Damon Arnold, director, Illinois Department of Public Health
Matthew Bettenhausen, secretary, Emergency Management Agency


Dr. Cara James, Kaiser Family Foundation
Dr. Sheryl Kingsberg, Case Western University School of Medicine
Preventing STDs, HIV and Teen Pregnancy: Reducing Health Disparities, Atlanta, Ga., July 30-Aug. 1, 2009
Kathleen McDavid Harrison, PhD, MPH
Associate Director for Health Disparities, NCHHSTP, CDC


Camara P. Jones, MD, MPH, PhD
Research Director on Social Determinants of Health, NCCDPHP, CDC


Megan Thomas, MPP
Research Associate, Race, Ethnicity and Health Care Team, Kaiser Family Foundation
Kim Turner, DDS, MBA, Interim Health Director, Fulton County Department of Health
Zachary Williams, MPA, Fulton County Manager
Madeline Sutton, MD, MPH
Team Leader, Minority HIV/AIDS Research Initiative, CDC
Session breakout presentation
David Johnson, MPH
Health Disparities Coordinator, Division of STD Prevention, CDC
Andrew Margolis, MPH, Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, CDC
Building Leadership in Faith Communities to Prevent HIV/AIDS
Pernessa Seele
Founder and CEO, The Balm in Gilead
Patricia Dittus, Ph.D.
Behavioral Scientist, Division of STD Prevention, CDC
New Technology to Reach Youth: Birds and Bees Text Line
Kay Phillips
Executive Director, Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Campaign of North Carolina
Evelyn Foust, Communicable Disease Director, North Carolina Division of Public Health
Routine HIV Testing: Texas House Bill 1379 (2009)
Lemuel Price, Legislative Director, Texas House of Representatives
Bambi Gaddist, PhD, Executive Director, South Carolina HIV/AIDS Council
North Carolina Healthy Youth Act on school health education: House Bill 88 (2009)
Senator Katie Dorsett, North Carolina
Massachusetts Health Reform and Health Equity
Rep. Peter J. Koutoujian, Massachusetts
Tennessee General Assembly Health Equity Commission
Latonya Ellis, Director
Missouri Expedited Partner Therapy legislation: House Bill 370 (2009) and House Bill 1504 (2008)
Rep. Talibdin El-Amin, Missouri
Conference Product::
State Policy Priorities Developed by Working Groups
CSG Spring Committee & Task Force Meeting, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, May 16-18, 2009
Innovative SCHIP and Medicaid Policies to Increase Coverage of Uninsured Children, Tricia Brooks, senior fellow, Center for Children and Families, Georgetown University
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Using Comparative Effectiveness Research and other Evidence in Health Care Policy, Dr. Martha Gerrity, clinical evidence specialist, Medicaid Evidence-Based Decisions Project, Oregon Health and Science University
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Shannon Turner, executive vice president, University Health Care, Inc.
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Joan Gardner, executive director, State Services, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association
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Cynthia Morrison, Washington Department of Health Click here for Powerpoint
Brad Victor, Oregon Department of Education Click here for Powerpoint
Sen. Kim Gillan (Montana) Click here for Montana Senate Bill 350
Rep. Jennifer Seelig (Utah) Click here for Utah House Bill 17
CSG Spring Committee & Task Force Meetings, Fajardo, Puerto Rico, June 10-14, 2007
Amanda Navarro, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Enrique Martinez-Vidal, Academy Health
Former Vermont State Sen. James Leddy
Dr. Richard Brown, UCLA Center for Health Policy Research
Health Policy Forum on Cardiovascular Health and Wellness, Phoenix, Ariz., Sept. 27-29, 2006
Research shows that heart disease and stroke are the most common cardiovascular diseases affecting both men and women in the United States, accounting for nearly 40 percent of all annual deaths. In addition, more than 70 million Americans currently live with a cardiovascular disease which often leads to premature and permanent disability. Economically, the impact of cardiovascular diseases on our health care system continues to grow and has been projected to cost $403 billion in 2006. State health leaders want to provide key strategies for addressing cardiovascular diseases, but are acutely aware of how expensive such care can be. This forum offered attendees a chance to learn more about cardiovascular care and proven strategies to offset the economic burden placed on states. Through discussion with experts and other state leaders, attendees developed an action plan they can take home to their states.
Health Policy Forum for State Legislators and State Policymakers:
Healthy Lifestyle Behaviors: Childhood and Beyond
Sept. 17-19 , 2006 | Memphis, Tenn.
This forum was held for innovative and trendsetting leaders from state executive and legislative branches to discuss active living and healthy eating policies. The conference was sponsored by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). It focused on childhood obesity and highlighted effective policies that promote school and community-based wellness.
Healthy States Forum for State Legislators:
Transforming Science into Policy for a Healthier Nation
Aug. 24-26 , 2006
Boston, Mass.
This exciting forum discussed targeted public health policy solutions addressing health disparities in adolescents, graduated driver's licensing for teens, the impact of sexually transmitted diseases and HIV in adolescents and new vaccines being licensed for children and youth. Legislators also attended other workshops that addressed autism and early detection programs, state laws to promote STD and HIV prevention, monitoring systems for environmental and public health linkages, and flu vaccines for adults.
Healthy States Summit for State Legislators:
Building Healthier Communities for Our Youth and Adults
July 17-19 , 2006
San Francisco, Calif.
This conference allowed state legislators to exchange ideas and learn more about innovative policies to prevent chronic diseases and improve the health of children and adults in the communities where they live, work and play. The conference covered topics about children and adolescents in schools and the community, as well as adults in the workplace, in the community and health care settings.
Healthy States Pre-Conference:
Public Health Policy Roles for State Legislators and
CDC's Public Health Law Conference
June 11-14 , 2006
Atlanta, Ga.
State legislators from across the country came together to discuss and promote public health policy with peer legislators and national experts during CSG's Pre-Conference. This conference allowed state legislators to address public health issues and identify innovative, collaborative programs for their states.
Health Policy Forum on Mental Health Care and Wellness
May 31, 2006 - June 2, 2006
Coronado, Calif.


Research shows in a given year about one in four adults - 57.7 million people - suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder. Mental disorders are also the leading cause of disability in the United States for those ages 15-44. Long delays to diagnosis and even longer delays to initial treatment are typical and lead to unnecessary severity and disability. Legislative leaders want to provide access to quality care, but are acutely aware of how expensive such care can be. This forum will offer attendees a chance to learn more about mental health care and the difficulties people with mental illness face in accessing and navigating the complex mental health care system.
Presentations from the meeting:
School Wellness Policies: Nutrition and Physical Activity |
Aug. 30, 2006
This Web cast, sponsored by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), took another look at Childhood Obesity Issues for State Policymakers. Click the link above to view the archived Web cast and hear from Yibo Wood (USDA), state Sen. Rosa Franklin (Washington) and Wanda Shockey (Arkansas Department of Education) who discussed the vital role schools play in addressing the epidemic of childhood obesity.
Healthy Eating: Access to Healthy Foods
| July 27, 2006
This Web cast was the first in our 2006 Web Cast series on Childhood Obesity Issues for State Policymakers, sponsored by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). These Web casts were free to state policymakers and staff through the RWJF grant. This initiative offers a closer look at the growing epidemic of childhood obesity and other public health issues. It also affords us the opportunity to analyze and address innovative policies and programs to improve childhood nutrition and physical activity leading to a healthier and more productive adult life. Click the link above to view the archived Web cast. The speakers who addressed child nutrition in the U.S. were John Perkins (Texas Department of Agriculture), state Sen. Deborah Ortiz (California) and state Sen. Dan Foster (West Virginia).
Health: past meetings & conferences
Healthy States Summit for State Legislators
Building Healthier Communities for Our Youth and Adults
July 17 - 19, 2006 | San Francisco, Calif.
Health Policy Forum: Mental Healthcare and Wellness
May 31 - June 2, 2006 | San Diego, Calif.