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Developing Evidence-Based Drug Policy Conference

Behind the Fiscal Curtain: Forgotten Lessons From 1970s NYC Fiscal Crisis

In the first panel in the Rockefeller Institute’s Behind the Fiscal Curtain series, panelists Dall Forsythe, Peter Goldmark, Carol Kellerman, Richard Ravitch, and Marc Shaw discuss how the 1970s fiscal crisis arose, how the state adapted fiscal policy to address the challenges, and the legacy of the policy decisions made during the crisis.

Over the past several decades, New York State leaders have confronted numerous fiscal crises, including the 1970s fiscal crisis in New York City, the 1989 recession, fallout from September 11th, the 2008 Great Recession, and Superstorm Sandy. Each of these events challenged State leaders as they developed policies to support New Yorkers in need and ensure the long-term fiscal health of the state. In its Behind the Fiscal Curtain series, the Rockefeller Institute will present a series of conversations with the leaders who were part of New York’s response to these significant fiscal challenges in New York’s modern history. The goal of these panels is to explore the past, present, and future of fiscal policy in New York. Panelists will examine the immediate response to the crisis, the longer-term impacts of the decisions made at the time, and the characteristics effective leaders demonstrate when managing a crisis. Finally, they will be asked, given their experience, what advice they may have for the state’s new governor in managing the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and associated economic fallout.

New York’s FY 2022 Budget: A Blueprint for Rebuilding

New York State Budget Director Robert Mujica, Secretary to the State Senate Finance Committee David Friedfel, and Secretary to the State Assembly Ways and Means Committee Blake Washington join Rockefeller Institute President Robert Megna for a discussion of the New York State FY 2022 Budget and what it says about New York State’s policy priorities moving forward.

After a year of great uncertainty, New York State leaders came together to develop a 2021-2022 budget that would serve as a blueprint for the state’s COVID-19 recovery. The budget included initiatives to assist those disproportionately impacted by the economic fallout of COVID-19, increased state support to school districts, and provided supplemental funding for tuition assistance, mental hygiene, and public safety. These plans were offset with reductions in other spending, federal aid, and targeted tax increases. “New York’s FY 2022 Budget: A Blueprint for Rebuilding” features a discussion with the individuals who shaped this unique budget.

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Environmental Justice: New Policy Directions

Environmental Justice was first enshrined in federal policy through President Clinton’s Executive Order 12898 in 1994, directing federal agencies to develop a strategy related to environmental justice and ensure agency actions didn’t have disproportionate adverse impacts on low-income communities and communities of color. Since then a number of new federal and state level policies and practices related to environmental justice have been put into place. However, there have been disparate outcomes for poor communities and communities of color with respect to the intersection of environmental and public heath burdens, particularly as they relate to climate change and COVID-19.

Given these contexts, this webinar explores more recent and emerging areas of focus for environmental justice policy and practice in New York State and at the federal level, including recently enacted legislation and current policy proposals.

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The Future of State Employee Health Insurance Programs

Through their state employee insurance programs—which cover millions of state employees and their families, retirees, and, in many cases, local jurisdictions—states represent significant purchasers of healthcare. States also purchase health insurance through Medicaid programs and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) insurance marketplace. A recent report by the Rockefeller Institute found limited coordination between employee health programs and other large state purchasing programs. Such coordination, were it pursued, might help alleviate rising healthcare costs through economies of scale.

In this webinar, experts discuss the recent Rockefeller Institute report and current thinking on state employee health insurance programs.

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Epidemic in a Pandemic: The Opioid Crisis During COVID-19

After more than a decade of increases, overdose deaths finally saw a decline in 2018 (the most recent year for which there is official data). Yet, this positive trend may have come to an abrupt end in early 2020 as the United States faced COVID-19. Anecdotal evidence from the frontlines of the pandemic suggest communities across the US may be experiencing a spike in overdose deaths as economic uncertainty continues and social distancing affects patients’ access to treatment and support services.

In this webinar, experts on substance-use disorder services provide insight on what is happening during the pandemic, the challenges people with substance-use disorders face, and what we can do to improve results.

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Preparing the Workforce Development Infrastructure for Recovery

The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the workforce nationwide. Hundreds of thousands of workers were suddenly unemployed or working remotely. Trends affecting the nature of work previously forecast to come to fruition years into the future—such as widespread remote work—have come to the forefront of policy discussions within a few months. The traditional pipeline from school and training into the workforce has also been disrupted. As educators, businesses, and policymakers begin planning for the recovery they must consider how work and employment in the state will change and how those workers displaced by the pandemic can be best prepared to take advantage of the recovery.

This webinar features public sector professionals from New York discussing their response to the emergency to better understand the management challenges and opportunities as the state and localities continue to recover from this unprecedented crisis and prepare for the future.

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Public Sector Management Following the COVID-19 Pandemic

Since the COVID-19 public health emergency began five months ago, state and local governments across the United States have rapidly adopted new policies and adapted their operations to support a state and local workforce that is able to work remotely and deliver essential services to constituents virtually. This ongoing virtualization of both work and services has changed the landscape of the public sector. At a time when the demand for effective government has never been more apparent, it is critical for public sector managers to understand this dynamic landscape in order to reimagine it, ensuring stability and productivity within the workforce, as well as attracting and retaining the people who make government work. In New York, state and local agencies and authorities have developed new management approaches, leveraged telecommuting options, deployed public health and safety precautions for in-person work, and identified key opportunities to improve resiliency and ensure continuity of their operations during the “new normal.”

This webinar features public sector professionals from New York discussing their response to the emergency to better understand the management challenges and opportunities as the state and localities continue to recover from this unprecedented crisis and prepare for the future.

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Reimagining Healthcare Systems after COVID-19

Read our blog post summarizing this webinar which examines the healthcare system’s response to COVID-19 and how we might reimagine healthcare moving forward. Topics covered include:

  • 21st Century Trends in Healthcare: Pre-COVID-19. How have market forces and state and federal healthcare policy over the 21st century reshaped the healthcare system to its current form?
  • Assessing the Healthcare System’s Response to COVID-19. How have these changes impacted the ability of the healthcare system to respond to the COVID-19 public health crisis?
  • Reimagining the Healthcare System Post-COVID-19. What will the healthcare system look like post-COVID-19? What are the policy priorities moving forward?