The 2021-22 CSG Healthy States National Task Force is a bipartisan working group of state leaders from all three branches of government tasked with providing resources and recommendations for state governments on how to best address current state challenges, including those resulting from and intensified by the COVID-19 pandemic. Supported by CSG staff and other subject matter experts, the National Task Force will focus on four key policy areas during the 2021-22 biennium to provide states a holistic policy strategy for their shared challenges.  


The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic created an abrupt disruption to states that resulted in immediate implications for state leaders charged with oversight of fiscal, health, economic and workforce, and civic policy infrastructures. 

In response, the CSG Healthy States National Task Force will convene throughout the biennium, to discuss and deliberate about the opportunities and policy practices that can collectively improve state health across the focus areas.

During the 2021-22 biennium, the National Task Force will release a series of resources including publications, digital content, educational programming, recommendations, and other key findings to share with state leaders across all 50 states and the U.S. Territories.

Healthy States National Task Force December 2022 Report

National Co-Chairs

Senator Bryan Townsend | Delaware

Delaware Senate Majority Leader
Chair, Delaware Health and Social Services Committee
Chair, Delaware Senate Housing Committee

“The way that health impacts all of us in different ways and different times … and the idea of having kids get off to a great start in life because we know what happens if they don’t—that’s what drives my passion for the topic.”

Senator Bo Watson | Tennessee

Chair, Tennessee Senate Finance Ways and Means Committee
Chair, Tennessee Senate Rules Committee

“Through the collaborative effort, I believe the task force can bring forward practical ideas that can have a positive impact on quality, access, cost and community health status.”

Task Force Subcommittees


Fiscal Health Subcommittee will explore policies that support resilient state budgets and the fiscal status and operations of states to ensure state governments are financially prepared for unexpected crises in the future.


Economic and Workforce Health Subcommittee will explore policies that build long-term, sustainable, and equitable programs and services, such as apprenticeships, unemployment insurance, occupational licensure, and broadband access.


Civic Health Subcommittee will explore policies that build strong communities and support meaningful civic engagement where states have the greatest nexus of influence, such as voting, civic education and participation, and increasing public trust and interface with government.


Human Health Subcommittee will explore policies that support a healthy populace through integrated health care systems and reduce systemic disparities that affect the health and well-being of residents.

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