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Breakout Session

The Legislature’s Role in Public Health During and After COVID-19

2:00 PM – 3:15 PM ET

State governments play a number of roles in public health policy, from promoting healthy behaviors to preventing and responding to infectious disease outbreaks. This session spotlights policy levers to support effective health systems, including telehealth, coordinate COVID-19 response efforts, including vaccine distribution, and address public health challenges during a pandemic. Join state and national experts for an overview of public health strategies, challenges and successes on the most pressing public health topics.


Lori Tremmel Freeman
Chief Executive Officer, National Associaton of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)

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Dr. Marcus Plescia, MPH
Chief Medical Officer, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO)

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Jay C. Butler, MD (CAPT, USPHS, RET)
Deputy Director for Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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Kate Bradford
Research Analyst, NCSL Health Program

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Erik Skinner
Policy Associate, NCSL Health Program

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Tahra Johnson, MPH
Program Director, NCSL Health Program

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