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NCSL Legislative Video Resource Center

The NCSL Video Resource Center is a collection of recorded webinars accessible for on-demand learning.

Welcome to the Legislature: What you Need to Know about Public Health

Public health is the science of protecting and improving the health of all people and their communities. This work is achieved by promoting healthy lifestyles, researching disease and injury prevention, and preventing and identifying infectious diseases. Public health professionals try to prevent problems from occurring or recurring through implementing educational programs, implementing policies, administering services and conducting research. With support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this webinar will highlight key areas of public health, offer insights into 2021, provide an update on COVID 19 and provide policy options for state leaders.


  • Kate Blackman, NCSL Health Group Director


  • José T. Montero, MD, MHCDS, Center for State, Tribal and Territorial Support, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Panel Discussion, NCSL Health Experts

  • Emily Blanford, policy principal, Medicaid
  • Tammy Jo Hill, policy specialist, Behavioral Health and Tobacco Use
  • Tahra Johnson, program director, Public Health and COVID-19
  • Khanh Nguyen, senior policy specialist, Maternal and Child Health
  • Charlie Severance-Medaris, policy specialist, Infectious Disease
  • Erik Skinner, policy associate, Immunizations