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The Federal Legislative Response to COVID-19: Public Policies to Assist Frontline Health Care Providers

Forward Together Webinar

The Federal Legislative Response to COVID-19: Public Policies to Assist Frontline Health Care Providers

The federal government has taken unprecedented steps in response to the coronavirus pandemic. As part of this effort, Congress passed four major pieces of legislation related to COVID-19 in less than two months. These bills included initiatives to protect the safety of frontline health care workers and provide them with the resources to properly care for their patients.

This presentation will provide an overview of these extraordinary efforts and insights on the critical role of advocacy in the passage of coronavirus-related legislation. It will also focus on the importance of public service in promoting effective policies during this crisis.

Our guest speaker is Richard Mereu, chief government relations officer for the Emergency Nurses Association, a 46,000-member trade association based in the Chicago metropolitan area. The session will have a brief 25-minute presentation followed by Q&A. Sabith Kahn, program director, Master in Public Policy and Administration, will be our moderated. 

We hope you will join the community and engage in the discussion. Register today!

More about the speaker:
Richard Mereu is the chief government relations officer for the Emergency Nurses Association, a 46,000-member trade association based in the Chicago metropolitan area. As the head of ENA’s Washington, D.C., office, he is responsible for all federal and state government relations and public policy activities.

Since joining ENA in January 2013, Mereu advocated on behalf of legislation to address the opioids crisis, upgrade our nation’s trauma care system and combat violence directed at health care workers. He has also worked to secure congressional funding for important health care programs, including an innovative program to improve emergency care for children. Richard has also spearheaded the organization’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, especially efforts to ensure that frontline health care personnel have the personal protective equipment, testing kits and medical supplies needed to safely and effectively treat patients.

Prior to joining ENA, Mereu worked in the U.S. Congress for 19 years, including 11 years as chief of staff and legislative sirector for former Representative Elton Gallegly. He also served as the staff director to two subcommittees of the House Foreign Affairs Committee where he wrote key sections of the major counter-terrorism bill that was passed following the 9/11 attacks. In addition, he was responsible for passing legislation related to enhancing retirement security, increasing public safety through the use of DNA technology, improving railroad safety and expanding the number of countries in NATO.


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