Please join Trust for America's Health (TFAH) on April 1, 2020 for a timely discussion on Combating COVID-19: Why Paid Sick Leave Matters to Controlling its Spread.

This Web Forum will highlight recommendations made in TFAH's Ready or Not and Promoting Health and Cost Control in States (PHACCS) reports on the important role of paid sick leave in combating infectious diseases, as well as other complementary evidence-based policies that can be adopted by federal, state and local governments and by employers.

Web Forum participants will hear about pending federal legislation, states that have adopted laws regarding paid leave, and businesses that are expanding these benefits. There will also be a focus on the potential short-term uses of the recently approved supplemental budget to assist individuals without paid leave when confined to their homes.

This free event is recommended for anyone working in public health, advocacy, school health, community-based organizations, businesses, labor unions, hospitals, health systems, insurers, policy staff, and local and state health officials. Live captioning is available for all attendees.

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Shelley Hearne, DrPH



Shelley provides strategic oversight and direction for CityHealth’s big picture—from research design and analysis to partner and policymaker outreach.

Shelley has spent over three decades as a change maker bent on boosting the health, safety, and sustainability of our planet and the people on it. She works with foundations, policy-makers, and…

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Georges Benjamin, MD, FACP, FNAPA, FACEP (E), Hon FRSPH

Executive Director

American Public Health Association

Washington, DC

Georges C. Benjamin, MD, FACP, FACEP(E), Hon FRSPH, is the executive director of the American Public Health Association (APHA), the United States oldest and largest organization of public health professionals. For the last 20 years he has been actively practicing public health at the local, national and international level. He…

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Debra Ness


National Partnership for Women & Families

Washington, DC

Debra L. Ness is president of the National Partnership for Women & Families, an organization that works to improve the lives of women and families by achieving equality for all women. Debra believes that women do not live their lives in silos and she brings a holistic approach to the…

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Marvin Owens Jr.

Senior Director

NAACP Economic Department

Senior Director of the NAACP Economic Department. With more than 25 years of experience, Mr. Owens has served as a consultant, lecturer, and technical assistance provider in the areas of Community and Economic Development, Small Business Development, and Community Organizing. Mr. Owens also served as Vice President for Economic Empowerment…

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John M. Auerbach, MBA

President and CEO

Trust for America’s Health

Washington, DC

John Auerbach is the President and CEO of Trust for America’s Health (TFAH), as of January 1, 2017. Previously, he was the Associate Director for Policy at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He oversaw the Office of the Associate Director for Policy which focuses on the promotion of public health…

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