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October 2020

State Approaches to Reducing Health Disparities

October 30 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

COVID-19 has highlighted health disparities — differences in health and health care experienced by groups based on social, economic and environmental factors. This panel discussion will examine the various policy approaches that state leaders have taken to reduce health disparities in their states, both before and during the pandemic. This session will include discussion on state approaches to improving access to care, addressing the rural/urban divide and improving health systems. Join us as we explore the health disparity challenges facing states and begin to develop strategies for reducing these disparities.

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November 2020

Inclusive COVID-19 Relief: Impacts on Immigrant Communities and State-Level Responses

November 5 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST

Recent research shows the disproportionate impacts of the coronavirus pandemic has had on low-income and minority communities in the U.S. In fact, in addition to individual health outcomes, Black and immigrant populations across the country have been more likely to experience adverse economic impacts as a result of COVID-19 as well. In this session, featured speakers will discuss the disproportionate impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on immigrant communities and the cross-cutting factors that have given rise to these outcomes. It will also seek to explore strategies that state officials can employ to address these disparities through informed policymaking.

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Ensuring a Disability Perspective in State Policy

November 19 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST

This session will highlight how states can ensure a disability perspective in state policymaking, whether through caucuses, special initiatives or personal representation. This session will also cover how states can include individuals with disabilities in broader decision-making, for example including a disability perspective in commissions on transportation or the future of work.

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December 2020

Disability Employment Etiquette

December 11 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST

Presented by the CSG SEED Initiative

Disability etiquette training may seem like something we, as public servants, shouldn’t need as we seek to help and serve our communities. However, there are many phrases, well-intended actions and even thoughts that are actually received as a prejudice or discrimination towards people with disabilities. During this webinar, we will explore general best practices for how to interact with individuals with disabilities and integrate inclusive practices. Acknowledging individual prejudice or errors in past behavior can be an enlightening but vulnerable process. Breaking participants into small groups to work through several situational examples can provide an outlet for learning, growth and expression. Rejoin entire group briefly at the end of the session to review the examples provided to solidify the training.

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Inclusive Legislatures, Courts and Cabinets

December 16 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST

Ensuring the presence of a variety of voices in public office can spur innovation and creativity, improve the quality of discussions, expand the constituencies served by members and ensure high quality policy and programming outcomes. This session will highlight how states can ensure a diversity of perspective in state policymaking and cover how states can include diverse perspectives in broader decision-making. During this session, a number of speakers will share their personal experience in office and lead legislators in small breakout sessions on ensuring diversity in policymaking. Populations of interest may include individuals with disabilities, individuals from the LGBTQ community and legislators of color.

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