Contact: State Rep. Chad Caldwell
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OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. Chad Caldwell, R-Enid, has been selected to participate on a subcommittee of The Council of State Governments’ national Healthy States Task Force.
“The CSG Healthy States National Task Force will bring together a diverse group of state policymakers to explore ways states can best meet the challenges presented by the current health care system and leverage the revolutionary changes occurring in the health sector,” CSG Executive Director David Adkins said.
Caldwell will serve on the Capacity, Preparedness and Resiliency, or CPR, Subcommittee. The subcommittee will examine case studies and review recent state responses to health crises, including ways to prevent and/or reduce the impact of crisis through preventive care.
“It’s an honor to be selected to represent Oklahoma on this committee to study the current state of health care in our nation and to work with others to find solutions,” Caldwell said. “We know we must address health care needs for our state residents and particularly for our rural areas, but we have to have a reasoned approach that works for our individual states and not a one-size-fits all mandate.”
Caldwell was first elected as a representative in 2014. He serves House District 40, which includes the city of Enid in Garfield County. Caldwell is chair of the House Health Services and Long-Term Care Committee and also serves on the House Public Health Committee. In addition to his service in the legislature, Caldwell serves as the executive director of a non-profit hospice in Enid.
Subcommittee participants will catalogue lessons learned, list best practices, share success stories, and promote innovative approaches to help state policymakers better respond to emergencies in the future by incorporating a feedback loop into the health care system.
The work of the Healthy States Task Force will take place across a two-year timeline surveying best practices and innovative state initiatives during planned task force meetings, some of which will be held at the annual CSG National Conferences.
In addition to the Capacity, Preparedness and Resiliency Subcommittee, there are three other subcommittees under the task force: What’s Next? Leveraging Innovation; State Health Systems Return on Investment; and Interventions to Save Lives. Each subcommittee has two co-chairs and 10 members.
“CSG is proud of its role as a trusted convener of state officials and is committed to a data-driven, consensus-based process in all of its public policy work,” said Kelley Arnold, CSG chief communications officer.