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Spring Meeting '09 Summaries



Health policy

inoculation for flu pandemic: h1n1 & your state

Saturday, November 14 | 9:30–10:30 a.m.

The states’ experience with the H1N1 flu outbreak in spring 2009 prompted an aggressive response and intense preparations for the U.S. 2009-2010 flu season. States’ public health responsibilities include distributing vaccines and medications as well as advising the public safety responses and essential community services including school closures. States must also prepare to coordinate the emergency management roles of federal, state and local responses. This session will consider how state legislators and appointed officials participate in these existing obligations as well as potential expanded roles if a widespread emergency overwhelms state and local service capacity, or requires new legal authorities. Two states will describe the steps they are taking as they prepare for these possibilities and how they are applying the lessons learned from the spring outbreak to the current flu season.  



Ohio Senator Kevin Coughlin

Henry Toll Fellow Class of 2005
Sen. Kevin Coughlin has been a member of the Ohio Senate since 2001, and previously served as a state representative from 1996 to 2001. Coughlin is chairman of the Health, Human Services & Aging Committee, and also serves on the Energy and Public Utilities Committee and the Criminal Justice Committee. He is also a member of the Ohio Arts Council.
Coughlin serves on CSG’s Executive Committee and Governing Board and as co-chair of the CSG International Committee, and is also a past chair of CSG’s Midwestern Legislative Conference. For five years, he co-chaired CSG’s Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership Development. He completed the Toll Fellowship leadership program in 2005, and chairs CSG’s Toll Fellowship Advisory Committee.


Matthew R. Bettenhausen

Acting Secretary,California Emergency Management Agency
Matthew R. Bettenhausen was appointed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to lead California’s newest state agency, the California Emergency Management Agency, known as Cal EMA, in 2008. Bettenhausen is also Schwarzenegger’s Homeland Security adviser and has served as the director of the California Office of Homeland Security since March 2005.
Bettenhausen serves as the elected co-chair of the National Homeland Security Consortium and the vice-chair of the National Governors Association’s Homeland Security Advisors Council. Prior to his appointment in California, Bettenhausen served as the first director of State and Territorial Coordination with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, responsible for coordinating the efforts of the department as they relate to state, territorial and tribal governments. 
From January 2000 to January 2003, Bettenhausen served as the deputy governor of Illinois and as its homeland security director and served as a federal prosecutor for the U.S. Department of Justice for more than 12 years, where he worked on a number of terrorism cases and civil rights investigations.


Dr. Damon T. Arnold

Director, Illinois Department of Public Health
Dr. Damon Arnold has been the director of the Illinois Department of Public Health since 2007. Prior to his appointment, Arnold was the medical director for bioterrorism and preparedness for the Chicago Department of Public Health. He has served in the Army National Guard for 23 years, holds the rank of colonel and is currently the guard’s commander of the Joint Task Force Medical Command in Springfield and the Illinois State Surgeon.
Arnold has served in the role of a medical director for St. Francis Hospital, Blue Island, Illinois; LTV Steel Company in Indiana; and Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, Chicago. He’s received many military awards, including Army Commendation, National Defense Service and Humanitarian Service medals. He has served missions to Iraq, Kuwait, Central America, South America, Africa and Europe, as well as participated in relief efforts for hurricanes Katrina and Rita. He was the American Red Cross Military Hero of the Year for 2007.