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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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Deep Dive: Mental Health Impacts in Medicaid Programs

November 6 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST

As a result of COVID-19, states are experiencing severe declines in tax revenue, with projections indicating 5-15% reductions in revenue for fiscal year (FY) 2020 and reductions of 10-25% for FY 2021. A number of states have also been forced to severely cut funding for behavioral health services. Colorado has cut $26 million in funds allocated for behavioral health for FY 2021, while Florida, Georgia and Utah have cut funding for substance use disorder programs. According to the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, the need for behavioral health care was already high before the pandemic, with deaths from overdose and suicide at near-historic and three-decade highs, respectively. Need has likely only risen since then, given the recent stress and trauma from the public health and economic crises.

This session will explore how state Medicaid programs are addressing need while facing financial realities brought on the pandemic. It will also be an opportunity for state leaders to learn about the CSG Medicaid Policy Academies planned for 2021.

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The Federal Response to COVID-19 from a State & Local Perspective

November 23 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST

The rapid spread of novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) across the U.S. has been met with a decentralized and piecemeal response led primarily by governors, mayors and local health departments. With limited federal action, state and local governments have been required to lead efforts in combatting the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of our state and local leaders have been faced with unprecedented decisions in regulating a public health crisis. In this session hosted by the CSG Intergovernmental Affairs Committee, hear from members of several leading membership organizations representing state and local governments on how federal strategy related to COVID-19 has impacted state and local jurisdictions.

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December 2020

Innovation Classroom: The Next Generation of Cancer Therapies: Where We Are and Where We’re Going Next

December 1 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST

Chimeric antigen receptor (CAR)T-cell therapy is a cutting-edge cell therapy in which a patient’s own cells are removed, genetically modified, and infused back into the patient to fight their blood cancer. At this session, a researcher from Kite, a Gilead Company, will discuss what CAR T and cell therapy is, how it works, its clinical impact on certain cancer patients today, and the possible reach of its benefit on more patients in the near future.

Unfortunately, cancer impacts us all – individuals, families, economies and health systems in the U.S. and around the globe. During this session, Dr. Rossi will bring the impact of cell therapy to life, raise awareness and education around its transformative science, and show the impact it is having on the lives of cancer patients.  State policymakers will gain an understanding of emerging therapies that will be available to their constituencies as we push the boundaries of what is possible in cancer care.

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Healthy States: Curating State Health for the Future

December 15 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST

Presented by the CSG Healthy States National Task Force

Beginning with an exclusive deep dive on the role that telehealth has played through the COVID-19 pandemic and efforts to expand access to it, join the CSG Healthy States National Task Force for the unveiling of its best health care policy practices, the result of a two-year collaboration with state leaders for discussion and analysis. Health care issues identified by each of the task force’s four subcommittees include data and technology, investments and returns, behavioral health, community resiliency and more. In addition, this session will highlight states and showcase trends in these areas across the nation as experts and task force members detail what it meant and what it will mean to be a healthy state in 2020 and beyond.

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