Groups Report

July/August 2014 Highlights

For a Full Copy of The Groups Report, Please Contact Michael Behm at


Annual Senior Deputies Meeting | July 15-17
San Diego, California

Stateside Contact:Robert Holden at

ASTHO will hold its Annual Senior Deputies Meeting July 15-17 in San Diego, California. The theme of the Meeting is Riding the Wave – The Public Health Department of the Future.

The Meeting will begin with Opening Remarks on July 15. The Director of Federal Government Relations for ASTHO and Director of State Health Policy for ASTHO will give a presentation entitled Federal and State Legislative Updates on July 17.

  • Sessions scheduled throughout the Meeting include:
  • Innovative Approaches to Meeting the Challenge of Meaningful Use
  • Emerging Issues in Public Health
  • Transforming Public Health Systems
  • Public Health Innovations
  • Response and Recovery to Extreme Weather Events
  • Five Lessons from the Superbowl for Improving on Population Health
  • Strategies for Defeating Poor Policy
  • Tabletop Discussions on Prescription Painkillers, Marijuana, and Synthetic Drugs
  • Regulation of E-Cigarettes

A tentative agenda is available at:



Annual Conference | July 11-14
New Orleans, Louisiana

Stateside Contact: Michael Behm at

NACo will hold its Annual Conference July 11-14 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

NACo members will adopt their 2014-2015 American County Platform during the Conference. The Platform is its permanent policy document and sets NACo’s legislative priorities for the year.

The Conference will feature a variety of sessions and speakers. All NACo steering committees will convene during the Conference as well as its Large Urban County Caucus (LUCC), Rural Action Caucus (RAC), and Western Interstate Region (WIR) members.

The NACo Technology-Innovations Summit will take place July 11. The Policy Coordinating Committee will convene July 11 and July 12. The NACo Board of Directors’ Business Meeting and Forum will take place July 13. The NACo Annual Business Meeting will take place July 14 where its members will elect new officers and adopt the 2014-2015 Platform.

Workshops planned thus far include:

  • Strategically Navigating the Business Side of County Health Facilities
  • The Link between Saving for Retirement and Healthcare Costs
  • Plan for Procurement: Lessons Learned from Disasters
  • Enrolling Pre-Adjudicated Individuals into Health Coverage
  • Leading Through Crisis: What County Officials Need to Know
  • Data-Driven Decision Making: Using Technology and Performance Dashboards to Manage Justice Costs
  • Building a Healthy, Prosperous, Sustainable County: County Solutions to Improve Health
  • Identifying Multiple forms of Wealth for Lasting Growth and Prosperity
  • Bring Broadband to Your Rural County
  • Smart Justice and Behavioral Health: Collaborative Systems Change
  • Roadway Safety: Countermeasures and Federal Funding Opportunities
  • A Workforce that Works: Innovations in Workforce Development
  • Being Your Own Public Information Officer
  • Maintaining Ethical Behavior in the Spotlight and Under a Microscope
  • Plan to be Resilient to Floods: Risk Map Assessments and Other Tools for County Planning
  • Public Engagement for Successful County Infrastructure Projects
  • Learn New Strategies for Your County Economy
  • Refocus on Access to Healthcare Services
  • Cyber Security Risk Management: Accountability and Best Practices
  • Boots on the Ground: Understanding the Role and Importance of a County Veteran Service Officer

More information will become available at:



Briefing to Southern Legislators | July 26
Little Rock, Arkansas

Associate Members Summer Meeting | August 14
Little Rock, Arkansas

Stateside Contact: Mark Anderson at

SSEB will deliver a Briefing to Southern Legislators at theCSG-SLC Annual Meetingon July 26 in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Representatives from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association and Associated General Contractors of America will speak during a session entitled Navigable Waterways of the United States. Additionally, a session entitled Perspectives on Clean Air Act Section 111(d) from Arkansas’ Electric Utility Sector has also been scheduled.

SSEB will next hold its Associate Members Summer Meeting in conjunction with the SGA Annual Meeting on August 14 in Little Rock, Arkansas.

More information will become available at: