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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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The State of International Trade During COVID

November 12 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST

This session will look at the current status of global trade and how it has been impacted by COVID-19. The pandemic created a historic collapse in global trade, a refocus on supply chains and has reshaped how international trade is conducted. Leaders will discuss the current federal trade agenda, including the implementation of the U.S.–Mexico–Canada Agreement, and how policymakers can assist businesses with international trade and investment opportunities.

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Innovation Classroom: Counterfeit Medicines and the Importance of Patient Health and Safety during COVID-19

November 12 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST

Innovation Classroom session sponsored by Pfizer.

The popularity of shopping online for medicines is growing quickly due to its convenience as well as the current guidance from health authorities for the public to maintain social distance to keep themselves and vulnerable populations safe. While the U.S. has one of the world’s most secure supply chains, there is growing evidence that Americans are increasingly exposed to sources outside of the typical supply chain for medicine. This innovation classroom will provide an overview of counterfeit medicines, how they relate to COVID-19 medicine and vaccines and what can be done about it.

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From Risk to Resiliency: State Innovations to Bounce Back from 2020 Fiscal Challenges

November 20 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST

As states grapple with unprecedented fiscal challenges and continued uncertainty, we take a look at innovations across the country to surmount the fiscal impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. We will examine short and long-term strategies by states to boost fiscal resiliency and recovery - from data-driven decision-making to regional collaborations, financial market diversification, use of federal relief funds, and more. Join us for an engaging conversation with state leaders and subject matter experts to learn more about evolving state budget actions.

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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

Privacy & Cybersecurity Policy Academy

December 7 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST

The COVID-19 pandemic has led states to face a multitude of privacy and cybersecurity concerns. This policy academy will share recent and forecasted legislative activity in the states and explore how privacy and cybersecurity issues have impacted every aspect of American life in 2020 including e-learning, health care, elections and telework.

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Sustainability in the COVID Era Policy Academy

December 11 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST

While states and many industries have recognized the benefits of sustainable practices for decades, 2020 may have redefined the concepts of sustainability as nearly every industry faced crises in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. This policy academy will address how industries were able to navigate a sustainable course amidst the pandemic and how corporate practices may evolve in a post-coronavirus economy. The program will also highlight states that are working to keep ambitious sustainability initiatives on track, provide an examination of how public health concerns and new economic realities that could prompt cities to evolve, and forecast ways that principles and practices of sustainability could provide a path to post-COVID economic recovery.

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Telework: Adapting to the COVID-19 Economy

December 17 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the share of the American workers who work remotely has increased from approximately 15% to about 50%. While that transition has required everyone to adjust, it has posed unique challenges for individuals with disabilities. What are those challenges? How are both the public and private sectors addressing them, and what more can be done? This session will explore those questions, developing a vision for more accessible and inclusive telework that not only accommodates but benefits individuals with disabilities.

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