2022 NACo Healthy Counties Forum

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2022 NACo Healthy Counties Forum

Join your peers for an interactive event that will focus on strategies for equitably addressing systems that impact the social determinants of health, particularly emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Wed. April 06
5:30 pm

Attendees and guests are invited to take a 12-minute stroll to the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences for a reception hosted by Wake County. Exit the Sheraton and take a right, then a right on West Jones Street. Limited transportation options available starting at 5:15 p.m.

Thu. April 07
9:00 am

The vital role that counties play in creating and sustaining healthy communities has never been more evident. County leaders and public health departments have been at the forefront of combatting the COVID-19 pandemic and creating equitable opportunities for county residents to thrive. The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and other state and local fiscal recovery funds create an opportunity for county leaders to invest in the future of their communities’ health in ways that promote equity and positive outcomes. Join us for a discussion on the collective impact of population health strategies and lessons learned for county leaders.

12:00 pm

On July 21, 2021, a $26 billion settlement was announced between state and local governments and opioid manufacturer Johnson & Johnson and the “big three” distributors McKesson, AmerisourceBergen and Cardinal Health to resolve their liabilities in over 3,000 opioid crisis-related lawsuits nationwide. State and local governments are anticipating an influx of resources for prevention, treatment and recovery efforts in the form of opioid litigation settlement funds as well as funds from the nearly $4 billion in substance abuse and mental health funding included in the American Rescue Plan. This is an historic moment wherein states and local governments have or will soon have significant resources to combat the opioid epidemic. In this session, participants will hear the latest update on these settlements and strategies for accessing these funds to support residents struggling with addiction. 

Fri. April 08
7:30 am

Networking Breakfast

Fri. April 08 | 7:30 am to 8:15 am
10:45 am

The COVID-19 pandemic stands to have profound effects on the nation’s economy, health care system and job market, as well as the lives of individual residents. While the virus itself does not discriminate, its impact is not uniformly felt across all population groups. As counties play an essential role in community health, human services and economic development, the pandemic and state and local fiscal recovery funds such as the American Rescue Plan Act provide a critical opportunity for county leaders to intentionally center health equity in their practices and policies. With a health equity lens, county leaders can identify the conditions that keep residents from thriving and create solutions that speak directly to community needs. This session will offer strategies for building equity into future health policy and funding decisions so that everyone has an equal opportunity to thrive.  

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