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Public Health Programs
COG's Public Health Programs seek to advance the broader understanding of regional public health issues and helps meet the public health needs of member local governments and their residents. Current Public Health activities include partnership with the Health Officials Committee, which is comprised of directors and physicians from the region's public health departments, to improve the region's health and emergency preparedness.
The Health Officials Committee currently oversees the following subcommittees:
The Public Health Emergency Planners Subcommittee facilitates the development of public health emergency preparedness and response plans amongst the jurisdictions in the National Capital Region (NCR).
The Regional Emergency Support Function 8, Health and Medical Services, Subcommittee advises the Health Officials Committee and other emergency preparedness committees on emergency preparedness coordination, communication, planning, and funding in the health arena.
Recent COG public health initiatives have included:
2013 - The Regional Latino Health Forum brought together regional decision makers and stakeholders to discuss the factors that affect access to healthcare for Latinos across the region. The discussion included the implementaion of the Affordable Care Act, language and cultural barriers to accesing care, and the discussion of challenges providers face with providing services and best practice sharing.
2012 - The Metropolitan Washington Gang Conference was a multi-disciplinary conference to address gang trends in the National Capital Region, and to provide a forum to discuss prevention, and recovery.
2011 - Regional HIV/AIDS forum partnered with multiple stakeholders from various sectors in the region to discuss the issues of HIV/AIDS.
Stuart Freudberg, Deputy Executive Director, (202) 962-3340
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