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CHILDREN, HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES COMMITTEE

Providence (RI) Mayor David N. Cicilline, Chair
June 16, 2008


Resolution #1: Strategies to Address the HIV/AIDS Epidemic resolves that The U.S. Conference of Mayors commits to working with their member mayors to address the HIV epidemic within their respective jurisdictions by raising awareness about HIV by encouraging people to: become aware of their HIV status; seek on-going medical care and services if they are HIV positive; participate in HIV prevention education services if HIV negative; and routinize screening for HIV in all medical and community healthcare settings; and encourages all mayors to utilize all resources to end the epidemic of HIV/AIDS in their respective jurisdictions.

Resolution #2: Support for Cradle to Prison Pipeline Initiative resolves that the Conference of Mayors is committed to fighting for policies that put children on track to a productive adulthood and against the criminalization of children at younger and younger ages and urge the President of the United States and Congress.

Resolution #3: Resolution in Support of The United States National Health Insurance Act (H.R. 676) resolves The U.S. Conference of Mayors expresses its support for The United States National Health Insurance Act (H.R. 676), and calls upon federal legislators to work towards its immediate enactment.

Resolution #4: Ensuring Bicycling Is Integrated into National Transportation, Climate, Energy and Health Policy Initiatives resolves that The U.S. Conference of Mayors encourages the development of federal transportation, environmental and public health policies that recognize increased and safe bicycle usage for transportation is in the national interest and that we further urge Congress in the next federal transportation reauthorization to establish policies and funding mechanisms that will aim to Reduce the number of motor vehicle miles traveled (VMT).

Resolution #5: Urging Support for the Reauthorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act (H.R. 1328) resolves that the United States House of Representatives is strongly urged to pass and fully fund HB 1328, and President George W. Bush to sign into law, the reauthorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act in the 110th Congress.

Resolution #6: Opposing Medicaid Regulations Restricting Medicaid Payments to State and Local Governments resolves that The U.S. Conference of Mayors opposes the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services rules placing severe restrictions on the ability of state and local governments to finance the Medicaid program.

Resolution #7: In Support of Funding Obesity Prevention resolves that The U.S. Conference of Mayors supports increased resources for cities to help combat obesity and fund obesity prevention, including consideration of regulatory impact fees on calorically'sweetened beverages, a leading contributor to the nationís obesity epidemic.

Resolution #8: Opposing The Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services Directive Limiting Expansion of The Childrenís Health Insurance Program resolves that the U.S Conference of Mayors opposes the CMS August 2007 letter and its May 7, 2008 clarifying letter to states that limit statesí abilities to expand coverage for children; and supports moratoria on these CMS letters and calls for the Administration to rescind such directives and permit states flexibility to expand public coverage to higher income families as deemed necessary and appropriate by each state.

Resolution #9: Providing Universal Access to Affordable, Quality Health Care resolves that The U.S. Conference of Mayors calls on the next President and Congress to repair the nationís health care system to provide affordable, quality health care for all Americans.

Resolution #10: Health Disparities resolves that The U.S. Conference of Mayors requests continued and expanded national support for federal programs that explicitly tackle this major social problem, such as REACH 2010, Healthy Start, and Title VII Health Professions programs such as Health Education Centers.

Resolution #11: Youth Violence as a Public Health Crisis resolves that urges the federal government, states and cities to recognize youth violence as a public health epidemic that requires a sustained multi-faceted approach focused on prevention; and encourages cities to work with a broad range of stakeholders to establish programs that protect the safety of all victims of violence), seeking medical care in emergency rooms, community health centers, homeless shelters and other sites.

Resolution #12: Urging Policies to End Nationís Childhood Hunger Crisis resolves that The U.S. Conference of Mayors urges Congress and the Administration to provide increased resources to help families access economic security programs, including food stamps, Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and improve access for children to healthy, affordable food in shelters, food banks and pantries, schools and neighborhoods.

Resolution #13: Full Funding and Expansion of the Steps to a Healthier U.S. Program resolves that calls on Congress to fully fund the Steps to a Healthier U.S. Program so that participating communities can build on their success to date; and calls on Congress and the Administration to expand the Steps to a Healthier U.S. Program so that additional communities can receive the health benefits of this innovative program.

Resolution #14: Electronic Health Records resolves that The U.S. Conference of Mayors hereby endorses health care providersí ongoing effort to implement and utilize to maximum capability electronic health records for their patients, including all appropriate electronic health information exchange systems that will improve the quality, safety and value of health care delivery by facilitating the secure, confidential and appropriate flow of health care information between health care providers and consumer access to their own health information.

Resolution #15: Increasing Access to Quality Preschool Programs resolves that the Conference of Mayors believes that the extent of preschool educationís impact depends on both quality resources for students and the professional development of teachers, paraprofessionals and staff in early education centers.

Resolution #83: Saving Lives, Saving Money: City-Coordinated Drug Overdose Prevention resolves that The U.S. Conference of Mayors encourages cities to implement life'saving, cost-effective overdose prevention programs that provide overdose prevention education, rescue breathing training and take-home naloxone directly to lay people and supports establishing emergency ďGood SamaritanĒ policies that provide immunity from prosecution.

Resolution #90: Increasing Access to Quality After'school Programs resolves that the Conference of Mayors encourages collaboration among government agencies, non-profit organizations and the business community to develop after'school programming.