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.
2022 NACo Healthy Counties Forum

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.  

Counties are improving access to healthy, affordable food to help residents live avoid the negative health outcomes associated with poor nutrition. Nationwide, low-income communities and communities of color still have the least access to healthy, affordable and nutritious foods. County leaders are supporting innovative partnerships and funding mechanisms to get healthy foods to the people and communities that need it most. This moderated meetup will allow participants to discuss opportunities and solutions to addressing this challenge.

President and Chief Executive Officer, de Beaumont Foundation  
 

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.  

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.  

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. 

Senior Policy & Strategy Counsel, North Carolina Department of Justice  
 

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. 

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. 

As an employer of 3.6 million workers, counties play an important role in the health and wellbeing of county employees – including essential workers and first responders. The COVID-19 pandemic has created new challenges for the county workforce, including heightened health risks, longer hours, staffing shortages and political backlash. This session will focus on innovative strategies for understanding county workers’ needs and supporting mental and physical wellbeing.

Assistant County Administrator, Community Development, Loudoun County, Va.  
 

Counties invest significantly in housing and community development and play an important role in addressing the needs of people experiencing homelessness. County leaders have had to get creative during the COVID-19 pandemic to not only support unhoused residents to support health and wellbeing but to think about long-term solutions to an affordable housing crisis. This session will focus on innovative solutions for supporting people experiencing or at-risk of homelessness and address ways county leaders can support affordable housing for all community members.

Director, Department of Affordable Housing & Community Revitalization, Wake County, N.C.  
 

Counties invest significantly in housing and community development and play an important role in addressing the needs of people experiencing homelessness. County leaders have had to get creative during the COVID-19 pandemic to not only support unhoused residents to support health and wellbeing but to think about long-term solutions to an affordable housing crisis. This session will focus on innovative solutions for supporting people experiencing or at-risk of homelessness and address ways county leaders can support affordable housing for all community members.

Associate Medical Director and Epidemiology Program Director, Wake County, N.C.  
 

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.

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.

Counties are responsible for the health of our residents from the time they are born and across the lifespan. As the nation’s population rapidly ages, counties face increasing demand and challenges in providing comprehensive systems of care to older residents. County leaders have found innovative ways to support older adults facing isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic through partnerships and technology. This moderated meetup will allow participants to discuss opportunities and solutions to addressing this challenge.

Client Experience Officer at the National Council for Mental Wellbeing  
 

As an employer of 3.6 million workers, counties play an important role in the health and wellbeing of county employees – including essential workers and first responders. The COVID-19 pandemic has created new challenges for the county workforce, including heightened health risks, longer hours, staffing shortages and political backlash. This session will focus on innovative strategies for understanding county workers’ needs and supporting mental and physical wellbeing.

Bike Tour of Wake County Greenway System

Fri. April 08 | 7:00 am to 8:00 am EDT

Greenways improve quality of life by providing opportunities for transportation, recreation, public health, economic development and environmental stewardship. Wake County currently has more than 250 miles of connected greenways to support these priorities. Join Commissioner Sig Hutchinson on a leisurely bike tour of Wake County’s greenway system and hear about how these systems were designed and the impact they are having on community health. Learn more before you go.

Our built environment, including our homes, workplaces, streets, neighborhoods, infrastructure, buildings and parks, is a strong predictor of health outcomes and health status. Many counties are realizing that investing in neighborhoods, including green spaces and access to work, education, commerce and more can have positive impacts on community health. This moderated meetup will allow participants to discuss opportunities and solutions to addressing this challenge.

Forum Kickoff: “Building Healthy Counties”

Thu. April 07 | 8:30 am to 9:00 am EDT
Director, Health and Human Services Agency, San Diego County, Calif.  
 

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.

Vice President of Community Investment & Innovation at UnitedHealthcare Community & State  
 

Counties invest significantly in housing and community development and play an important role in addressing the needs of people experiencing homelessness. County leaders have had to get creative during the COVID-19 pandemic to not only support unhoused residents to support health and wellbeing but to think about long-term solutions to an affordable housing crisis. This session will focus on innovative solutions for supporting people experiencing or at-risk of homelessness and address ways county leaders can support affordable housing for all community members.

General Manager of Health and Well-being For All, Durham County, N.C.  
 

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.  

Closing Remarks

Fri. April 08 | 12:00 pm to 12:30 pm EDT

Counties are seeking innovative ways to address county residents’ reported struggles with mental health and substance use disorders during the COVID-19 pandemic. Feelings of isolation, loss and trauma have only increased this need, but county leaders have found innovation solutions to help their community members through this tough time. This moderated meetup will allow participants to discuss opportunities and solutions to addressing this challenge.

As an employer of 3.6 million workers, counties play an important role in the health and wellbeing of county employees – including essential workers and first responders. The COVID-19 pandemic has created new challenges for the county workforce, including heightened health risks, longer hours, staffing shortages and political backlash. This session will focus on innovative strategies for understanding county workers’ needs and supporting mental and physical wellbeing.

Forum Kickoff: “Building Healthy Counties”

Thu. April 07 | 8:30 am to 9:00 am EDT

As an employer of 3.6 million workers, counties play an important role in the health and wellbeing of county employees – including essential workers and first responders. The COVID-19 pandemic has created new challenges for the county workforce, including heightened health risks, longer hours, staffing shortages and political backlash. This session will focus on innovative strategies for understanding county workers’ needs and supporting mental and physical wellbeing.

Forum Kickoff: “Building Healthy Counties”

Thu. April 07 | 8:30 am to 9:00 am EDT
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