Groups Report

September 2015 Highlights

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Annual Meeting and Policy Summit | September 29-October 1
Salt Lake City, Utah
Stateside Contact: Robert Holden at

The closed-door, one-day Policy Summit will take place before the start of the Annual Meeting and allows ASTHO Policy Committees to set the the Group’s policy strategy for the 2015-2016 year; this includes ASTHO policy statement and position reviews.

The Access Policy Committee will receive several staff reports including a Healthy Babies Subcommittee Report. It will also hold a joint session with the Prevention Policy Committee which will feature speakers from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

The Public Health Informatics Policy Committee will receive a presentation on the Public Health Community Platform and updates from the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

The Environmental Health Policy Committee has scheduled a discussion on food safety as well as a session on medical marijuana and electronic cigarettes.

The Infectious Disease Policy Committee has scheduled sessions on states’ capacities for infection control (with a focus on Ebola) and challenges with antimicrobial resistance.

The Performance Policy Committee will hold a discussion of a draft of the ASTHO Consortium for Public Health Workforce Development Position Paper.

The Public Health Preparedness Committee will hold a roundtable on state preparedness stories relating to MERS and the Avian Flu.

The Prevention Policy Committee has scheduled a session entitled The Government Relations Landscape – Informing Priorities.

Draft agendas for the Policy Committees’ meetings are available at:

ASTHO’s Annual Meeting will begin on September 30 with a Keynote Address delivered by the Acting Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Karen B. DeSalvo.

A session on the 2015 President’s Challenge, States and Territories Supporting Healthy Aging, will take place on September 30 as well as a Keynote Address on Federal Partnerships.

A session exploring success within Utah’s health departments is scheduled for October 1. The 2016 President’s Challenge, Advancing Health Equity and Optimal Health for All will also be announced and discussed on October 1.

More information is available at:


Annual Meeting | September 16-18
Raleigh, North Carolina
Stateside Contact: Mark Anderson at

The Annual Meeting will begin on September 16 with a NARUC Energy Risk Lab. Concurrent meetings will also be scheduled for specific AAPCA committees.

The day will conclude with the Opening Reception.

The AAPCA Board of Directors will meet September 18 for their annual Business Session. This event is open only to AAPCA state members.

At the time of this publication, an agenda was not yet available.

More information will become available at:


Annual Conference | September 27-30
Norfolk, Virginia
Stateside Contact: Steve Arthur at

The Annual Conference will begin with the annual first time attendee orientation on September 27 for new NASPO members.

The NASPO Business Meeting will take place September 28. This will be followed the day’s Keynote Address entitled Harness the Hurricane: Adapt to Extreme Change and Achieve New Heights.

A breakout session on future trends has also been scheduled for September 28 and will feature concurrent discussions on Sole Source/Non-competitive Procurement and The Cost of Risk. The last session of the day is entitled Cloud Strategies and IT Procurement.

The theme for September 29 will be Measuring Success in State Procurement, multiple program sessions and breakout groups have been scheduled around this topic.

NASPO Regional Conferences will hold meetings in the afternoon of September 29.

Scheduled for September 30 is the final Future Trends Breakouts, featuring discussions on International Trade Agreements and the Evolution of Green Purchasing.

More information is available at: