15th Annual Southern & 16th Annual Eastern Regional Conferences

Event Date(s): 
September 25-27, 2014
New Orleans, LA
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Women In Government is is hosting its 15th Annual Southern Regional and 16th Annual Eastern Regional Conferences took place together on September 25-27 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The meeting convened women state legislators throughout both regions to discuss cutting-edge public policy issues. Topics included diabetes, energy issues, healthcare reform, the need for specialty pharmacies, economic development, women and leadership, smoking cessation, COPD, pulmonary hypertension, and featured a fantastic exchange of ideas from legislators accross the two regions.

  • View the Agenda HERE.
  • View the Participant List HERE

‚ÄčLearn more about the topics discussed below: 

The Need for Specialty Pharmacies 
Specialty pharmacists work closely with patients and their healthcare providers to assure their medication regime is appropriate and that adherence is maximized.  This segment discussed the unique services of specialty pharmacies and their approach  to providing support services tailored to the specific needs of each patient. 

  • Access Phil Epstein's presention here

Manufacturing in the U.S. 
Economic development is a powerful driver in keeping states solvent.  This session focused on what can legislators do to make their state more attractive to businesses. 

Sound Science in Legislative Deliberations
For policymakers and elected officials, wading through endless reams of research and data is a daunting task.  This presentation focused on how to best integrate risk and exposure data into the lawmaking process to ensure the public’s health and safety. 

  • To learn more, access Kimberly Wise's presentation here

HPV & Vaccines 
The CDC continues to be a critical resource to help facilitate communication regarding the importance of HPV vaccinations to parents of preteens and teens and the health professionals who care for them.  This session discussed language used in those conversations, as well as the latest coverage rate estimates for vaccines recommended for adolescents in the U.S.

Perspectives on Green Cleaning and Sanitization in Public Schools 
Germs surround us and need appropriate cleaning for safety purposes.  This session discussed the role of disinfectants in public health policy, and gave legislators an update on best practices.  Both industry and public perspectives were explored in order to demonstrate that improper cleaning of public facilities can lead to disease and infection.

  • Michele Samarya-Timm's presentation here
  • Jeffery Hand's presentation here

Addressing Quality Healthcare & Cost Sharing
A new analysis from Avalere Health finds that consumers in health insurance exchanges that receive federal assistance to reduce their out-of-pocket costs may experience inconsistent reductions in spending depending on the plan they choose.  This session explored ways that legislators can help achieve stability within the process.

  • To learn more, access Lisa Lowenstein's presentation here

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is largely under-recognized though it affects over 24 million Americans.  Only as recently as 2013 was there an effort to ascertain COPD prevalence rates for all 50 states when new data was published as a result of CDC’s Behavior Risk Surveillance Survey.  This session discussed COPD, its prevalence, and how legislators can address identifying and lowering the rates of the disease in their states.

  • Jamie Sullivan's presentation here
  • Karen Deitemeyer's presentation here

Smoking Cessation & Wellness Programs
This session will focus on the ways pharmacies can play a critical role in everyday health by providing the health consumer increased access to care and innovative online tools.

  • To learn more, access Nancy Gagliano's presentation here

Pulmonary Hypertension 
Pulmonary hypertension occurs when abnormally high blood pressure in the arteries of the lungs makes the right side of the heart work harder than normal.  This session discussed how symptoms can often be deceiving, and how awareness is critical.

  • Learn more about pulmonary hypertension here.

Cardiovascular & Comorbidities 
The American Heart Association is the nation's oldest, largest voluntary organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular diseases and stroke. This session focused on public policies that legislators can adopt to increase prevention and awareness of heart disease - the number one cause of death for Americans. 

  • Nikole Souder-Schale's presentation here

Fighting Type 2 Diabetes Through Policy Reform
The prevention and effective management of diabetes is the subject of a national dialogue.  This session focused on cutting-edge policy work to move toward substantive solutions in states including New Jersey, North Carolina, and Massachusetts. 

  • To learn more, access Sarah Downer's presentation here.

Breakfast Bill Share
At breakfast Saturday morning Women In Government hosted a forum for state legislators to share bills they have worked on or are currently working on. Below is a list of some of their great work. 

Addressing Obesity
Legislators can be extremely effective in impacting behavioral change for their citizens.  This session focused on what one policymaker has done to combat obesity and its co-morbidities in his state.

  • The learn more, access Senator David Heitmeier's presentation here

Leadership: Pathways to Power
In 2013, the state of Louisiana ranked 50th in the nation regarding the number of women elected to state legislatures. Despite that fact, the Louisiana Women’s Caucus, founded in 1986, is well-maintained and thriving due to a clear mission, personnel support, and great leadership. This session discussed legislators’ firsthand experience and involvement with a Women’s Caucus and how their colleagues might extablish a similar caucus in their states. 

Thanks to our sponsors!!!


For Legislator or Registration information, please contact:
Johnathan Lozier, Sr. Legislative Outreach Associate
202.333.0825 ext. 214

For Sponsor information, please contact:
Sumeira Kashim, Associate Director of Development
202.333.0825 ext. 210

For Policy information, please contact:
Brenna Kehew, Associate Director of  Policy & Programs 
202.333.0825 ext. 211