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Subject: proposed revision Monday"s agenda Date: Thursday, April 08, 2010 6:16:21 Marcia and Tina, hope you found this afternoon's call helpful. Please let know there are any pieces can clarify further finalize plans for Monday. 
After our conversation, thought might make sense adjust the agenda slightly adding minutes the time allotted for Mayor-Elect Landrieu's taskforce chairs present about ttieir priorities. that, would take minutes away from Dr. Wakefield's opening statements. Based our conversation the call, got the sense that you would not have concerns with this since there also the minute moderated discussion about community based care. That said, certainly don't want shortchange Mary's opportunity address the issues she wants cover. 
Please let know what you think this suggestion. you'd prefer give her the full minutes speak, that shouldn't problem. 
Thanks again for everything, 
Anne 
Agenda: 
All meetings will held the Intercontinental Hotel, 444 St. Charles Avenue, NOLA 130 
12:30 -12:40 -Welcome and Introductions 
Marge Petty, HHS Region Regional Director 
12:40 -1:05 -Overview Health Care Taskforce and Priorities 
Dr. Karen DeSlavo and Dr. Terry Fontham, Co-Chairs, Mayor-Elect Landrieu's Transition Task Force Health Care 
1:05 -1:20 -Community Health Care Delivery: HHS Successes Date and 
Developments under Health Care Reform 
Dr. Mary Wakefield, Administrator, Health Resources and Services 
Administration :20 -2:20: Moderated Discussion 
1:20 -1:40: 
Community Based Care 
HHS Representatives: Dr. Mary Wakefield and RADM Don Weaver, HRSA 
Mayor-Elect Landrieu Representative: Dr. Karen DeSalvo 1:40 -2:00: 

Public Health and Prevention: 
HHS: Dr. Judy Monroe, Deputy Director for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support, CDC 
Mayor-Elect Landrieu Representative: Dr. Terry Fontham 
2:00-2:20: and Charity Hospital: 
Mark Brideweser and Julie Catellier, (VA) 
Tracy Wareing and Cynthia Teeter, (DHS/FEMA) 
Mayor-Elect Landrieu Representative: Drs. Karen DeSlavo and Terry 
Fontham 
2:20 -2:30: Wrap-Up and Final Comments 
Anne Filipic 
Deputy Director Intergovernmental Affairs Department Health and Human Services 2010 

From: 
To: 

Subject: Re: Speaker Request April 29th Date: Friday, April 09, 2010 12:23:55 
Can talk Mary 130 any chance? 
From: Cheatham, Tina (HRSA) 
To: Filipic, Anne (HHS/05/IGA); Seshamani, Meena (HHS/ASPE) 
Cc: Wakefield, Mary (HRSA); Brand, Marcia (HRSA) 
Sent: Fri Apr 12:10:48 2010 

Subject: RE: Speaker Request April 29th Anne, 
Any word this? Michael Blake had asked for response today. 
Thanks, 
Tina 
Tina Cheatham 
Senior Advisor the Administrator 
Health Resources and Services Administration 
U.S. Department Health and Human Services 
301-443-2216 

-----Original Message----
From: Filipic, Anne (OS) 
Sent: Wednesday, April 07, 2010 11:10 

To: Seshamani, Meena (OS); Wakefield, Mary (HRSA); Cheatham, Tina (HRSA) 
Subject: RE: Speaker Request April 29th all -I'll loop back with the appropriate folks for sign-off and get back you. 
-----Original Message----
From: Seshamani, Meena (HHS/ASPE) 
Sent: Tuesday, April 06, 2010 7:23 

To: Wakefield, Mary (HRSA); Cheatham, Tina (HRSA); Filipic, Anne (HHS/OS/IGA) 
Subject: RE: Speaker Request April 29th 

Adding Anne who handling speaking requests. 

Meena Seshamani, MD, PhD 
Director Policy Analysis 
Office Health Reform 
Dept Health and Human Services 

-----Original Message----
From: Wakefield, Mary (HRSA) 

Sent: Tuesday, April 06, 2010 7:00 
To: Cheatham, Tina (HRSA) 
Cc: Seshamani, Meena (HHS/ASPE) 
Subject: RE: Speaker Request April 29th 

Tina, can but we'll have see what can say about those specific topics. 

Meena, guess that you have take this. Since it's coming from the WH, I'm routing directly ask 
you how this should handled. thx 

From: Cheatham, Tina (HRSA) 

Sent: Tuesday, April 06, 2010 6:19 
To: Wakefield, Mary (HRSA) 
Cc: Brand, Marcia (HRSA); Gazdik, Tanya (HRSA) 
Subject: Fw: Speaker Request April 29th 

Mary think you did this one last year. you want this one again? 

Thanks, 
Tina 

From: Blake, Michael  
To: Cheatham, Tina (HRSA) 
Sent: Tue Apr 16: 18:50 2010 
Subject: RE: Speaker Request April 29th 

This for Rural Urban Caucus-apologies for the mistake. 

From: Blake, Michael 
Sent: Tuesday, April 06, 2010 2:16 
To: 'tcheatham@hrsa.gov' 
Subject: Speaker Request April 29th 

Good morning Tina, next Thursday, April 29th Room 430 B/C, White House IGA will hosting the Large Urban County Caucus from NACo for their annual fly-in meetings. I'm asking that you identify someone/persons from your agency who can speak their specific issues interest listed below and then send over vitals this Friday, April 9th for all attending persons from your agency. They have specifically requested certain people from your agency, who too, are listed below. 
Also -please specify what times you can NOT between a.m. and p.m. can begin slotting speakers for 15-20 minute slots. 
Rural Health 
Speaker Requested: Dr. Mary Wakefield, Administrator Health Resources and Services Administration, HHS 
Topic: RAC members are interested learning about opportunities for rural counties work with the Administration implementation health care reform. They are especially interested workforce and access provisions the bill. 
Thanks, 

From: 
To: 
Cc: 
Subject: RE: NOi.A Healthcare session -briefing/background Date: Friday, April 09, 2010 12:44:25 
Attachments: 

Hello again, all apologize -The second document attached included the health care session agenda but not the additional background information I've described. I've corrected the second document and reattached all documents reduce any potential confusion. Apologies for clogging your inbox. 
From: Filipic, Anne (HHS/OS/IGA) Sent: Friday, April 09, 2010 12:05 
To: Weeden, C'Reda (HHS/IOS); Wakefield, Mary (HRSA); Weaver, Donald (HRSA); Carter, Demetria (CMS/SC); Ferguson, Dorothy (CMS/CMCHO); Monroe, Judith (CDC/OD/OCPHP); Arias, Ileana (CDC/OD); Petty, Marjorie (HHS/IGA) 
Cc: Brand, Marcia (HRSA); Brooks, Bill (CMS/CMCHO); Ryan, Jennifer (CMS/CMSO); Petty, Marjorie (HHS/IGA); Cheatham, Tina (HRSA); Laine, Vicki (CDC/OID/OD) 
Subject: NOLA Healthcare session -briefing/background all-
Thank you again for your participation the working session New Orleans Monday. you make preparations, wanted send email compiling few background/briefing materials. 
Attached please find: agenda for the complete two-day session. you can see, this not yet final, though the HHS piece is. will distribute the final version when receive from HUD and HHS. briefing for the health care session specifically. This includes background some the key health care issues this area, well the agenda and the list participants stands. 

The agenda final. briefing document provided Mayor-Elect Landrieu's staff, which gives background the 

Health Care Taskforce they've assembled, well its members. They will the main participants from the non-federal perspective. White House fact sheet around hurricane recovery the Gulf region. have not yet received final list participants, which Mayor-Elect Landrieu's staff was compiling. will send that when it's available. This should include representation from the state Louisiana. you have any questions, please feel free contact over the weekend 202-503-6466 
Marjorie Petty, Region VI, Regional Director will present Monday. She and her cell phone 214.701.1681. 

Thanks, Anne 
From: Filipic, Anne (HHS/05/IGA) Sent: Thursday, April 08, 2010 1:20 To: Weeden, C'Reda (HHS/IOS); Wakefield, Mary (HRSA); Weaver, Donald (HRSA); Carter, Demetria 

(CMS/SC); Ferguson, Dorothy (CMS/CMCHO); Monroe, Judith (CDC/OD/OCPHP); Arias, Ileana 
(CDC/OD) 
Cc: Brand, Marcia (HRSA); Brooks, Bill (CMS/CMCHO); Ryan, Jennifer (CMS/CMSO); Petty, Marjorie (HHS/IGA) 
Subject: RE: Healthcare session draft agenda and conference call availability 
I'm also looping Marge Petty (Region Regional Director) and Judy Monroe (CDC Dep. Director for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support) who will also participating Monday. 
From: Weeden, C'Reda (HHS/IOS) Sent: Thursday, April 08, 2010 1:14 
To: Wakefield, Mary (HRSA); Weaver, Donald (HRSA); Carter, Demetria (CMS/SC); Ferguson, Dorothy (CMS/CMCHO) 
Cc: Brand, Marcia (HRSA); Brooks, Bill (CMS/CMCHO); Ryan, Jennifer (CMS/CMSO); Filipic, Anne (HHS/OS/I GA) 
Subject: Healthcare session draft agenda and conference call availability 
Good afternoon all, 
Attached please find the draft agenda for the NOLA Health Care Session Monday, April 
12. 
The White House would like host organizing call for federal participants the NOLA 
health care session. Are you available for 6pm EDT for conference call? Anne 
and will share the times back with the WH, and send out the dial-in and passcode soon receive it. 
Thanks, 
C'Reda 

C'Reda Weeden, 
Special Assistant the Counselors 
U.S. Department Health Human Services 
202.205.3796 
creda.weeden@hhs.EOV 

Mitch Landrieu's election New Orleans' next mayor potentially important transition point 
for the city. are moving from the upcoming closure the Gulf Coast Rebuilding Office 
more steady-state operations and are approaching the fifth anniversary Katrina's landfall. 
have opportunity demonstrate the Obama Administration's continued commitment the Gulf 
Coast and engage collaborative planning with Mayor-Elect Landrieu's incoming staff and 
State Louisiana counterparts. This also opportunity rally and organize the network 
Federal agencies still involved the Gulf Coast. 

The White House has decided send delegation Federal staff New Orleans engage 
working session Sunday April and Monday April 12, 2010. HUD Secretary Donovan, 
Education Deputy Secretary Tony Miller and EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson will lead press 
event Sunday, and other federal staff will participate working sessions the following day. request your agency identify staff travel New Orleans for that full-day working session. 
HUD, ED, and DHS are sending principals participate press event, but request that you 
instead send staff. Specifically headquarters personnel from the Secretary's office who will 
available work Gulf Coast issues ongoing basis; and someone who currently the 
ground either New Orleans atyour agency's regional office who can serve primary point contact for Mayor-elect Landrieu's staff. 

These staff will responsible prepare for closed-press discussion with their city and state 
counterparts and other relevant federal officials. Between now and May when Landrieu sworn 
in, these same agency personnel the ground would stand ready assist Landrieu's staff, 
answering questions, participating conference calls and trouble-shooting issues needed. 
Following the inauguration, points contact will points contact for these issues for the 
White House. 
 demonstrate the Administration's continued commitment the Gulf Coast. 

 strengthen relationships between city, state and Federal personnel. 
 nurture network federal staff who will available handle ongoing Gulf Coast issues the Office Gulf Coast Rebuilding winds down. 
 conduct closed-press breakout meetings where local, state, and Federal officials 
communicate, share priorities and conduct collaborative planning. 
 announce result the Long-Term Disaster Recovery Working Group, how Federal 
resources will realigned better support communities that face future large-scale disasters. 
The purpose the working session not transactional (to announce new forms assistance) but rather listen the local officials' concerns and discuss ways work more closely together. 

Division 

The White House negotiating with Mayor-Elect Landrieu's staff the details the event. The White House will also provide high-level administration talking points and fact sheet about accomplishments the Gulf. 

HUD tasked with coordinating logistics the ground. 

DHS's Office Gulf Coast Rebuilding will provide advice and support participants. 
Each participating agency responsible for funding their travel expenses and for preparing for individual break out working sessions, including their own briefing materials. They also will work with Landrieu's staff identify local and state invitees. 
Mayor-Elect Landrieu will host the working sessions and his designees will lead individual sessions. They will send out local invitations. 

DRAFT Schedule 
Basin Street Station 501 Basin Street 
New Orleans, 70112 504-636-1000 AM-3 Housing Working Session (with provided Lunch) 
Federal Principals: HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan 
HUD Assistant Secretary Mercedez Marquez HUD Assistant Secretary Sandra Henriquez EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson (invited) OMB Assistant Director Xavier Briggs 
Federal Staff Lead 	Fred Tombar (HUD) 202-489-6287 (cell) 

Federal Staff Present: 
Local /State Participants: 
Mitch Landrieu Contact: 
Yolanda Chavez (HUD) 
Jonathan Finer (White Hous) 
Mark Landry (FEMA) 
Shoshana Lew (White House) 
Carlos Monje (White House) 
Shelly Poticha (HUD) 
Tony Russell (FEMA) 
Fred Tombar (HUD) 
Tracy Wareing, (DHS) 

Beth Zimmerman (FEMA) 
Other? 

TBD (Fred Tombar) 

Aimee Quirk 

504-621-5409 (cell) 

Agenda: Landrieu Transition/Federal Government Housing and Community Development Working Session Agenda Welcome and Statements 
Mayor Elect Landrieu 
Secretary Donovan 
Senator Landrieu 
Congressman Cao 
Overview Session -Fred Tom bar Place-based discussion 
Treme/lberville Presentation -Pres Kabacoff 
ii. Facilitated discussion -Fred Tom bar 
iii. Next steps identification -All 
Pontchatrain Park/Gentilly Woods 

Presentation -Om meed Sathe 
ii. Facilitated discussion -Fred Tombar 
iii. Next steps identification -All Blight/Neighborhood Stabilization 
Presentation -Ellen Lee 
Facilitated discussion -Fred Tombar 
Next steps identification -All Reintegration HANO 
Presentation -Sandra Henriquez 
Facilitated discussion -Fred Tom bar 
Next steps identification -All Closing Remarks 
Secretary Donovan 
Mayor Elect Landrieu 

3-3:30 Press Conference 
Federal Participants: 	HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan 

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson (invited) 
Local /State Participants: 	Mitch Landrieu Mary Landrieu 

Run Show: 	TBD (Melanie Roussell) 

4-6PM Reception for Participants hosted Mitch Landrieu (TBD) 

8:30 AM-9:00 	Opening Welcome (closed press) Waiting for Room 
Run show: Xav Briggs Associate Director OMB Location: Intercontinental Hotel 444 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans 

(504) 525-5566 
Federal Staff Lead 
Raul Alvillar (HUD) 

Cell 202-341-6898 
8:30 AM-8:35AM Welcome Judy Reese-Morse 
8:35 AM-8:45AM Mayor Elect Landrieu Speaks 8:45AM-8:55 Deputy Secretary Tony Miller Dept. Education Speaks 8:55AM-9:00AM Xav Briggs Closes 
9:00 AM-11:00 Breakout Sessions (closed press) 

tomorrow :30pm approve the this agenda. 
Location: Intercontinental Hotel 
444 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans 
(504) 525-5566 
Room: Acadian 
Federal Principals: 
Federal Staff Lead 
Mike Boots, (CEQ) Sally ozell, (NOAA) Janet Woodka (EPA) Don Jodrey (DOI) Rock Salt (USACE) 
Erika Feller (CEQ) 202-456-5139 Mark Davis, Senior Research Fellow Director the Institute Water Resources Law and Policy, Tulane University Law School, acting co-chair 

Cell 202-341-6898  
Federal Staff Present:  Jainey Bavishi, NOAA  
Jean Cowan, NOAA  
Local /State Participants:  

Stephen Rosenthal, Chairman, Strategic Comp; Founding Member, Flood Protection Alliance, co-chair 
John Barry, Former Distinguished Scholar, Center for Bioenvironmental Research for Tulane and Xavier Universities 
Timothy Doody, President, Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority East Frank Dudenhefer, Jr., Principal, The Dudenhefer Law Firm, L.L.C. Garret Graves, Director, Office Louisiana Coastal Activities Mark Schexnayder, Regional Coastal Advisor, LSU AgCenter Louisiana Sea Grant 
Mitch Landrieu Contact: Aimee Quirk 
504-621-5409 (cell) 

Agenda: min.  Welcome and Introductions (Woodka) min (10@)  Opening remarks from Federal and local leaders (Davis, Yozell)  
20min  Presentation the Roadmap recommendations and (Boots) min  Discussion with introduction Mark Davis highlight the themes and issues greatest importance New Orleans.  
 Among the actions that are priorities for New Orleans area, what are the key considerations for the Working Group moving forward implement the Roadmap?  What role will the leadership New Orleans play Louisiana coastal restoration? min  Wrap key points discussion (tbd) min  Concluding thoughts (Davis, Yozell)  
Session Justice and Crime Control Checking with Margaret for DOJ Agenda. 

Location: Intercontinental Hotel 
444 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans 
(504) 525-5566 
Room: Acadian 
Federal Principals: NIA 

Federal Staff Lead Margaret Richardson (DOJ) 
Federal Staff Present: 
Local /State Participants: 
Mitch Landrieu Contact: 
Agenda: Cell 202-341-6898 
Roy Austin and Jim Letten (DOJ) 
FEMA TBD (Tracy Wareing) 
Judy Morse -Transition, 
Dana Kaplan -JJPL, 
Tania Tetlow -Tulane University Law School, 
Jon Wool -Vera Institute Justice 

Seung Hong 

TBD (Margaret Richardson) 
11:00 AM-12:15PM: Lunch Panel Discussion Sustainable Communities (closed press) 
Location: Intercontinental Hotel 
444 Saint Charles venue, New Orleans 
(504) 525-5566 
Room: Pelican 
Run show: 

Federal Principals: 
Federal Staff Lead 
Federal Staff Present: 
Local /State Participants: 
Mitch Landrieu Contact: 
TBD 
Need agenda for this piece 
EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson (invited) 
OMB Assistant Director Xavier Briggs 

TBD 

Beth Osborne (DOT) 

Shelly Poticha (HUD) 

TBD 
FEMA TBD (Tracy Wareing) 

TBD 

Seung Hong 

Agenda: TBD 

12:30 PM-2:30 Breakout Sessions (closed press, but with camera sprays) 

444 Saint Charles venue, New Orleans 
(504) 525-5566 
Room: Acadian 
Federal Principals: Deputy Secretary Tony Miller  
Federal Staff Lead  Taryn Benarroch  
202-436-0789 (m)  

Federal Staff Present:  TBD (Taryn Benarroch)  
FEMA TBD (Tracy Wareing)  
Local /State Participants:  TBD (Taryn Benarroch)  

Andre Perry-Co-Chair, Education Task Force 
Sharon Latten Clark-Co-Chair, Education Task Force Paul Pastorek -Louisiana State Superintendent 
Paul Vallas, Superintendent, Recovery School 
District Louisiana 
Robin Keegan -Deputy Director, Louisiana Recovery Authority 
Daryl Kilbert -Superintendent, Orleans Parish School District Ramsey Green -Deputy Superintendent, Recovery School District Louisiana Kathy Riedlinger -CEO, Lusher Charter Schools 
Mitch Landrieu Contact: Scott Hutcheson 
504-458-0972 (cell) 

Agenda: 	DRAFT minutes 	Welcome/Introductions (Co-Chairs introduce participants, then intro Dep Sec Miller) minutes 	Opening Remarks, Federal Role (Dep Sec Miller) minutes 	Initial Recommendations the Task Force (?) minutes 	Round Table Discussion (facilitated Dep Sec. Miller) minutes 	Wrap up, discussion (perhaps either Vallas Kilbert?) minutes 	Closing (Dep Sec Miller? Riedlinger?) 

Location: InterContinental Hotel 
444 Saint Charles venue, New Orleans 
(504) 525-5566 
Room: Acadian 

Federal Staff Lead 	Anne Filipic (HHS) Anne.filipic@hhs.gov Raul Alvillar (HUD) 

Federal, Local /State Participants: 

HHS 
Dr. Mary Wakefield, Administrator, Health Resources and Services Administration 
Marjorie Petty, HHS Region Regional Director 
Dr. Judy Monroe, Deputy Director for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support, Centers for Disease Control Rear Admiral Don Weaver, Acting Director, Office Special Health 
Affairs, Health Resources and Services Administration Dorothy Ferguson, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Demetria Carter, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services 
Julie Catellier, Director, Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System 
Mark Brideweser, Project Executive, Office Construction and Facilities Management 

Local officials/Members the Health Care Task Foxce for the Transition 
Dr. Karen DeSalvo, Vice Dean, Community Affairs and 
Health Policy, Tulane University 

Health Care Task Force, Co-Chair 
Dr.Terry Fontham, Dean, LSU Health Sciences Center, School Public Health 
Health Care Task Force, Co-Chair 
Dr.Joia Crear Perry, Director Clinical Services, New Orleans Health Department 
Dr.Ben Sachs, Senior Vice-President and Dean, Tulane University School Medicine 

Joe Kimbrell, CEO, Louisiana Public Health Institute Julie Catillier, Director, Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System Marsha Broussard, Director School Health Connections, Louisiana Public Health Inst 
Mitch Landrieu Contact: Scott Hutcheson 
504-458-0972 (cell) 

Agenda: 
12:30-12:40: Welcome and Introductions 
Marjorie Petty, HHS Region Regional Director 
12:40-1 :05: Overview Health Care Taskforce and Priorities 
Dr. Karen DeSalvo and Dr. Terry Fontham, Co-Chairs, Mayor-Elect Landrieu's Transition Task Force Health Care 
1:05 :20: Community Health Care Delivery: HHS Successes Date and Developments under Health Care Reform 
Dr. Mary Wakefield, Administrator, Health Resources and Services Administration :20 -2:20: Moderated Discussion 
1:20 -1:40: 
Community Based Care 
HHS Representatives: Dr. Mary Wakefield and RADM Don Weaver, HRSA Mayor-Elect Landrieu Representative: Dr. Karen DeSalvo 
1:40-2:00: 
Public Health and Prevention 
HHS: Dr. Judy Momoe, Deputy Director for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support, CDC 
Mayor-Elect Landrieu Representative: Dr. Terry Fontham 
2:00-2:20: and Charity Hospital 
Mark Brideweser and Julie Catellier, (VA) 
Tracy Wareing and Cynthia Teeter, (DHS/FEMA) 
Mayor-Elect Landrieu Representative: Drs. Karen DeSalvo and Terry Fontham 
2:20-2:30: Wrap-Up and Final Comments 

2:45-3:30 Location:  Closing Session and Read Outs from Working Sessions (closed press) Intercontinental Hotel 444 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans (504) 525-5566 Room:  
Run show:  Xav Briggs Associate Director OMB  

AGENDA 
Working Meeting New Orleans 
Health Care Session (HHS, VA, and FEMA) 
Date: 
Location: 
Monday, April 12, 2010 
12:30 -2:30 CDT InterContinental Hotel 
444 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans 
(504) 525-5566 
Room: Acadian 
Federal Staff Lead 
Anne Filipic (HHS) Anne.filipic@hhs.gov For day-of questions, please contact Marjorie Petty, Region who will present: 
Marjorie Petty (HHS) 
Cell 214-701-1681 
Raul Alvillar (HUD) 

Cell 202-341-6898 
Federal, Local /State Participants: 
HHS 

 
Dr. Mary Wakefield, Administrator, Health Resources and Services Administration 
 
Marjorie Petty, HHS Region Regional Director 
 
Dr. Judy Monroe, Deputy Director for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support, Centers for Disease Control 
 
Rear Admiral Don Weaver, Acting Director, Office Special Health Affairs, Health Resources and Services Administration 
 
Dorothy Ferguson, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services 
 
Demetria Carter, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services 
 
Julie Catellier, Director, Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System 
 
Mark Brideweser, Project Executive, Office Construction and Facilities Management 

 
Tracy Wareing (DHS/FEMA HQ) 
 
Cynthia Teeter (FEMA-TRO) 
Local officials/Members the Health Care Task Force for the Transition 

 
Dr. Karen DeSalvo, Vice Dean, Community Affairs and Health Policy, Tulane University Health Care Task Force, Co-Chair 
 
Dr.Terry Fontham, Dean, LSU Health Sciences Center, School Public Health Health Care Task Force, Co-Chair 
 
Dr.Joia Crear Perry, Director Clinical Services, New Orleans Health 
Department 

 
Dr.Ben Sachs, Senior Vice-President and Dean, Tulane University School Medicine 
 
Joe Kimbrell, CEO, Louisiana Public Health Institute 
 
Julie Catillier, Director, Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System 
 
Marsha Broussard, Director School Health Connections, Louisiana 
Public Health Inst 

Mitch Landrieu Contact: Scott Hutcheson 
504-458-0972 (cell) 

AGENDA 
12:30-12:40: Welcome and Introductions 
Marjorie Petty, HHS Region Regional Director 
12:40-1 :05: 	Overview Health Care Taskforce and Priorities Dr. Karen DeSalvo and Dr. Terry Fontham, Co-Chairs, Mayor-Elect Landrieu's Transition Task Force Health Care :05 :20: 	Community Health Care Delivery: HHS Successes Date and Developments under Health Care Reform Dr. Mary Wakefield, Administrator, Health Resources and Services Administration 
1:20 -2:20: Moderated Discussion 
1:20-1:40: 
Community Based Care 
HHS Representatives: Dr. Mary Wakefield and RADM Don Weaver, 
HRSA 
Mayor-Elect Landrieu Representative: Dr. Karen DeSalvo 
1:40-2:00: Public Health and Prevention 

HHS Representative: Dr. Judy Monroe, Deputy Director for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support, CDC 
Mayor-Elect Landrieu Representative: Dr. Terry Fontham 
2:00-2:20: and Charity Hospital 
VA: Mark Brideweser and Julie Catellier DHSIFEMA: Tracy Wareing and Cynthia Teeter 
Mayor-Elect Landrieu Representative: Drs. Karen DeSalvo and Terry 
Font ham 
2:20-2:30: Wrap-Up and Final Comments 

HEAL CARE TASK FORCE 
Task Force Vision 
All residents deserve affordable and accessible healthcare options and healthy community. 
Task Force Mission 
 	
Identify the obstacles and prioritize the opportunities for implementing best practices the provision healthcare each citizen using all resources the city, state and federal level. 

 	
Leverage/Link existing city resources and community-based providers ensure access affordable healthcare across the city. 

 	
Explore opportunities improve social determinants health. 

Co-chair Profiles 

Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc Professor Medicine the 
Tulane School Medicine and holds the Thorpe Ray Endowed 
Chair Internal Medicine. She serves Vice Dean for 
Community Affairs and Health Policy and has responsibility for 
implementing the Medical School's mission build healthier 
communities including oversight the community health center 
programs. Dr. DeSalvo's research and policy experience 
improving access quality community health care, particularly for 
vulnerable populations. 
Dr. DeSalvo has been leader health sector recovery and health care reform efforts Louisiana since Hurricane Katrina. Part this work includes the establishment what now nationally award winning models neighborhood-based care for low income, uninsured and other vulnerable populations city that previously had none. She responsible for the development comprehensive community based health centers with outreach programs that grew from meager beginnings post-Hurricane Katrina street-based first aid station. the system level, she has been lead the creation new collaborative care networks greater New Orleans aimed improving the effectiveness and quality care. She was selected founding member the Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum Board and the current President-elect. She member the Louisiana Medical Care Advisory Committee and Vice Chair the Louisiana Health Care Commission. Dr. DeSalvo was recognized the Woman Excellence Health Care the Louisiana Legislative Women's Caucus for her health care reform efforts 2008. Under her leadership, the Tulane School Medicine was recognized one the top medical schools the the American Association Medical Colleges for community service 2009. 
She received her Bachelor Arts from Suffolk University Boston, Massachusetts Biology and Political Science. She matriculated Tulane University Health Sciences Center where she simultaneously received her Medical Doctorate and Masters Public Health. She remained Tulane resident, Chief Resident and Fellow Internal Medicine and completed her National Health Service Corps obligation Charity Hospital New Orleans. She participated fellow the Program Clinical Effectiveness Harvard University and completed Masters Clinical Epidemiology the Harvard School Public Health May 2002. 
Elizabeth T.H. (Terry) Fontham, Co-chair Dean and Professor Epidemiology, L1ouisiana State University School Public Health and Professor Pathology, LSU School Medicine 

Dr. Elizabeth Fontham, MPH, DrPH the Dean and Professor Epidemiology Louisiana State University (LSUHSC) School Public Health and Professor Pathology the LSU School Medicine. She has been the faculty the LSUHSC since 1980. She also Associate Director the Stanley Scott Cancer Center and Senior Consultant Epidemiologist the Louisiana Office Public Health. 

Dr. Fontham's major area research cancer epidemiology. She internationally recognized for her research the lung cancer risk from secondhand smoke exposure. She led the largest U.S. study lung cancer nonsmoking women that provided critical information leading the classification secondhand smoke human carcinogen. 
She has served member the NCI Board Scientific Counselors. She was Treasurer and the Board Directors the American College Epidemiology which she Fellow. She was member the inaugural Editorial Board Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention; Chairman the Scientific Editorial Board the North American Association Central Cancer Registries; and contributing author for both the Surgeon General's Report and International Agency for Cancer Research 
Carcinogenesis Monograph series. She recipient the Alton Ochsner Award 
Relating Tobacco and Health, the C.L. Brown Award for Leadership Excellence Tobacco Prevention; the Leadership and Distinguished Service Award the American College Epidemiology; and the Pfizer Award for Excellence Research, Education and Patient Care. 
Members: 
 	
Dr. Siddharth Bhansali, Physician, Cardiology 

 	
Diana Bajoie, Director Community Relations, LSU Health Sciences Center 

 	
Terrel Broussard, Attorney, Montgomery, Barnett, Brown, Read, Hammond and Mintz 

 	
Dr. Fred Cerise, Vice-President for Health Care and Medical Education, LSU 

 	
Dr. Patrice Delafontaine, Director, Heart and Vascular Institute, Tulane 
University 

 	
Dr. Jay Dumas, DDS 

 	
Dr. Farere Dyer, Physician, Cardiology 

 	
Dr. Don Erwin, President and CEO, St. Thomas Community Health Center 

 	
Dr. Rebekah Gee, Physician, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Tulane University School Medicine 

 	
Michael Griffin, President and CEO, Daughters Charity Services New Orleans 

 	
Martin Guiterrez, Executive Director, Neighborhood and Community Services, Catholic Charities New Orleans 

 	
Dr. Stephen Hales, Physician, Pediatrics 

 	
Dr. Corey Hebert, Physician, Pediatrics 

 	
Dr. David Heitmeier, Optometry, and Louisiana State Senator 

 	
Dr. Larry Hollier, Chancellor, LSU Health Sciences Center 

 	
Hon. Calvin Johnson, Judge, Orleans Parish Criminal District Court, Retired 

 	
Joe Kimbrell, President and CEO, Louisiana Public Health Institute 

 	
Donna Klein, Attorney, Peoples Health 

 	
Wendy Knight, MHA, Director Program Development, Physicians Alliance Hospital 

 	
Dr. Ingrid Labat, Physician, Emergency Medicine 

 	
Mel Lagarde, Delta Division President, Hospital Corporation America 

 	
Dr. Ralph Lupin, Physician, Obstetrics and Gynecology 

 	
Dr. Brobson Lutz, Physician, Infectious Disease 

 	
Dr. Rob Marier, Physician, Internal Medicine 

 	
Jason Melancon, Public Relations Director, Louisiana Public Health Institute 

 	
Dr. Howard Osofsky, Chairman, Department Psychiatry, LSU Health Sciences Center 

 	
Dr. Joia Perry, Medical Director, Women's Health and Justice Initiative 

 	
Dr. Ben Sachs, Senior Vice President and Dean, Tulane University School Medicine 

 	
Dr. Juliette Saussy, Director, Emergency Medical Services, City New Orleans 

 	
Paige Sensenbrenner, Attorney, Adams and Reese 

 	
Fr. Kevin Wildes, President, Loyola University 

 	
Steve Worley, President and CEO, Children's Hospital, New Orleans 

Technical Advisors: 
 	
Tom Farley, Commissioner Health, New York City 

 	
Judy Feder, Georgetown University 

 	
Amy Lui, Brookings Institute 

 	
David Rousseau, Kaiser Family Foundation 

 	
Dianne Rowland, Kaiser Family Foundation 

 	
Ken Thorpe, Emory University 

 	
Elaine Ullian, Former CEO, BMC 

BACKGROUND GULF COAST RECOVERY AND NATIONWIDE DISASTER 
PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE EFFORTS 

Hurricane Katrina made landfall more than four and half years ago and was one the most destructive disasters our nation's history. Hurricane Rita followed several weeks later. The storms took over 1,500 lives, displaced more than million residents, inflicted major damage nearly 300,000 homes, and wiped out hundreds square miles coastal land. The Gulf Coast still dealing with the aftermath storms that exacerbated long-standing challenges the reg10n. 

Since taking office January 2009, the Obama Administration has worked hard provide residents the Gulf Coast with the tools that they need recover from the hurricanes, and rebuild their lives and communities. The Administration deeply committed serving the needs Gulf Coast residents, has shown by: (1) cutting through the bureaucratic red tape that delayed assistance and (2) improving coordination among Federal agencies and with State and local government partners who too often failed collaborate the years that followed the storms. result, nearly $2.4 billion for Public Assistance projects Louisiana and Mississippi that had been stalled for years has been obligated since the start the Administration; and thousands individuals who had been dependent temporary disaster housing are the road self-sufficiency. Moreover, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has provided critical resources the Gulf help with recovery and revitalization. 
President Obama has also worked improve disaster preparedness, response, and recovery nationwide, that the Gulf Coast and all other regions the country will more resilient and better prepared the face future disasters all stripes. The Administration's efforts include 
strengthening Federal emergency programs; enhancing emergency communications; improving disaster housing and shelter; and working with State and local governments, community 
stakeholders, and individuals improve preparedness and capacity for long-term recovery from disasters. 

The Obama Administration has taken different approach Gulf Coast recovery, working replace bureaucratic inertia with commonsense action making sure that Federal agencies are working together and partnership with State and local governments, non-profits, philanthropies, and the private sector achieve real results for residents. 

Shaking the Money Loose with New Arbitration Panel and Public Assistance Teams: The Administration implemented new arbitration process expedite recovery efforts and settle disputes regarding Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance for Katrina/Rita projects excess $500,000 Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. Established working with U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu, the arbitrations are alternative the current administrative appeals process. Neutral, third-party panels adjudicate disputes, including many that have lingered for years. Some the most difficult and protracted disputes have gone arbitration under this process. 
For example, the arbitration process resolved how much Public Assistance funding the State Louisiana will receive for the Medical Center Louisiana New Orleans (MCLNO). Prior Katrina, MCLNO had two campuses: historic Charity Hospital, and University Hospital, located blocks apart from one another downtown New Orleans. The Civilian Board Contract Appeals arbitration panel awarded Louisiana $475 million for the replacement Charity Hospital. The Administration's recent supplemental appropriations request Congress accounts for the funding needed pay for Charity and other arbitration decisions. 
The Administration previously established two new dispute resolution teams Louisiana. The Joint FEMA/State Expediting Team brings the Federal and State parties together review requests for amending project worksheets cases where there are lingering disputes. These teams have resolved disputes over 160 projects, including fire and police stations, health clinics, libraries, and university buildings. 
The Administration's efforts "shake the money loose" have produced strong results. Since President Obama took office, FEMA has obligated almost $2.2 billion Public Assistance funds for Louisiana recovery and almost $190 million for Mississippi recovery. These funds will help students get back into their schools, provide better fire and police services, improve sewer and water systems and build important infrastructure. Specifically, the funds include: 
Louisiana (total $2, 177,569,192: 
 
$105,342,137 for Debris Removal/Emergency Protective Measures; 
 
$266,942,698 for public works and utilities; 
 
$665, 119,894 for public infrastructure; 
 
$88,845,262 for healthcare; 
 
$876,350,415 for education; 
 
$17 4,968, 785 for public safety and protection. 
Mississippi (total $190.8 million): 
 
$32 million for debris removal and emergency protective measures; 
 
$148.8 million public works and infrastructure; 
 $8.5 million for education. 
The President's pragmatic approach Gulf Coast recovery has drawn praise from across partisan lines. Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has said that "there's sense momentum and desire get things done." 

Moving Residents towards Self-Sufficiency: When President Obama entered office, tens thousands Katrina/Rita victims were still receiving disaster housing assistance. The Administration has taken important steps move these Gulf Coast residents towards selfsufficiency and long-term solutions: 
 	
Providing Families with Permanent Housing Support: When President Obama took office, 30,500 families receiving temporary rental assistance were facing immediate termination assistance. February 20, 2009, President Obama approved program assist households still transitioning permanent housing. The Disaster Housing Assistance Program was coordinated through the Department Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and nearly 200 local housing authorities across the country, with FEMA support and funding. This program was intended ensure that families receiving temporary rental assistance and moving towards more permanent solutions would not experience undue rent burden. The program ended October 31, 2009. All participating families transitioned off temporary rental assistance, including 12,000 low-income families that secured permanent housing solution under HUD's Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program. The voucher program allows family rent housing from private landlord and generally pay more than percent annual adjusted income. Families need that were not eligible for the HCV program were targeted for assistance State and local government programs such the Rapid Re-Housing Program operated the Louisiana Recovery Authority. 

 	
Transitioning People Out FEMA's Temporary Housing Unit Program: The Administration took critical step early June expand the options available the 194 households then still residing FEMA temporary housing units such trailers and mobile homes. The Department Homeland Security (DHS) and HUD, working with State and local government partners, provided $80 million new HUD housing vouchers, new DHS resources for case-management, and emergency measure that reduced the purchase price eligible mobile home units little $1. Since announcing these steps, 1,841 additional households have transitioned out FEMA's temporary housing program. 

Closing Funding Gaps Permanent Housing Projects: Immediately after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, affected states received additional Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTCs) rebuild affordable housing. Unfortunately, the mortgage crisis depressed the market for these credits, threatening permanent housing projects across the Gulf. The Administration took two steps remedy this. First, March 2010 following the Obama Administration's expression support, the United States Senate adopted amendment extending the placed-in-service deadline for Gulf Coast Opportunity Zone (GO Zone) LIHTCs two years, December 31, 2012. This extension would provide stability developers completing projects that had been limbo. 
Second, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act appropriated $2.25 billion across the country for the Tax Credit Assistance Program, grant program provide funds for capital investments affordable housing projects that have been stalled because the decline the market for LIHTCs. This included nearly $39.4 million for Louisiana and nearly $21.9 million for Mississippi. HUD further allowed these credits re-allocated new projects the event that existing project stalled failed. Gulf Coast States have tens thousands units under development through such LIHTC projects. addition, Louisiana's Small Rental Property Program was retooled provide advanced payments gap financing landlords struggling rehabilitate their rental property. 

Rebuilding Neighborhoods: HUD's Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) was established help communities suffering from foreclosure and abandonment, and funds can also used redevelop demolished and vacant properties for housing purposes. Both Louisiana and Mississippi received substantial funds through the block grant funding provided under the Housing and Economic Recovery Act (HERA) 2008. This funding included almost $39 million for the State Louisiana, and the cities Baton Rouge, and New Orleans, well almost $46.3 million for the State Mississippi and the city Jackson. The Recovery Act included additional wave funding for this program, distributed competitive basis. January 2010, the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority (NORA) received approval their NSP application for almost $29 million. NORA will join with nonprofit and neighborhood organizations restore 805 housing units the Lower 9th Ward, Pontchartrain Park, the Dillard University area, Broadmoor, Central City, eastern New Orleans and the Ward. 
Rebuilding Stronger and Ethical Housing Authority: The Housing Authority New Orleans (HANO) has been plagued with mismanagement for years. Since February 2002, HANO has been under HUD administrative receivership, process whereby HUD takes control troubled PHA and appoints staff work on-site, manage operations, and provide oversight. HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan has invigorated the Federal government's efforts repair HANO appointing new leadership team, led David Gilmore. Gilmore brings nearly years experience public housing, and won national recognition for restoring the nation's worst performing housing authority DC. HUD also created Advisory Panel provide counsel the receivership team develops strategies correct HANO's deficiencies. Membership includes regional University and school officials, clergy, legal experts, members the private sector, and staff the Louisiana Congressional delegation. 
Helping Local Governments: March 2009, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced FEMA proposal revise its Special Community Disaster Loan regulations allow local governments that received Hurricanes Katrina and Rita loans apply for debt forgiveness their local government revenues were insufficient meet their day-to-day operating budgets. 
Improving Storm Protection: The Administration committed providing safe and secure levee system for all the residents the City New Orleans. The Army Corps Engineers the midst the largest civil works project U.S. history, $15 billion hurricane protection system that will provide 00-year flood protection for greater New Orleans. The Corps expects complete construction the improved system 2011, and the Administration committed keeping these projects track: 
 date, over 220 miles levees and floodwalls have been repaired and restored meet 
exceed pre-Katrina levels protection. The levees that overtopped, eroded, and failed 
well the flood walls that were breached during Katrina have been rebuilt stricter 
standards and are fortified that they will withstand 100-year storm surge. 

 
Storm surge protection has been installed Lake Pontchartrain and multiple pump stations have been installed updated around the perimeter the city provide 100-year protection. addition, some levee armoring has been installed make the levees more resilient. 
 
The Army Corps continues study barrier islands and coastal restoration along the Gulf Coast. Congress appropriated $439 million restore islands along the Mississippi Gulf Coast that serve the first line defense against hurricanes there. The Corps still finalizing the design the project through real estate acquisition and estimating the final cost_s the project. 
Improving Gulf Coastal Restoration Planning with New Interagency Working Group and Fiscal Year 201 Budget Priorities: 
President Obama recognizes the importance the Louisiana and Mississippi coastal region the economic, cultural, and environmental integrity the nation. The high rate coastal wetland and barrier island loss Louisiana and the vulnerability the region coastal storms and climate change threaten major population centers and valuable commercial and environmental resources. Bold and decisive action needed now curtail the rate ecosystem loss the area and, where possible, restore the ecosystems and the services they provide. October, 2009, President Obama formed the Louisiana-Mississippi Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Working Group. The Working Group co-led the White House Council Environmental Quality (CEQ) and the Office Management and Budget (OMB). Its members include high-level political appointees from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Departments the Army, Homeland Security, Interior, and Transportation. March, 2010, the Working Group released Roadmap for Restoring Ecosystem Resiliency and Sustainability. The Roadmap reaffirms the Federal Government's partnership and coordination with Mississippi and Louisiana. outlines Federal actions over the next eighteen months address pressing near-term policy, process, and legal hurdles restoration and lays the foundation for long-term comprehensive vision achieved jointly with states. 
The group developing shared vision for the Coast, including intensive coordination between Federal and State governments that will continue formalized over the coming year. sets targets for specific actions, including: 
 
Identifying near-term, stopgap projects fall 201 
 
Improving science, analytical, and data management efforts partnering with state, regional and academic experts fall 
 
Striving maximize use sediment through beneficial use dredged material and through diversions coordinating with regional bodies summer 2010, assessing current Federal and non-Federal programs fall 2010, and recommending improvements current sediment management processes; 
 
Improving the effectiveness mitigation policies assessing opportunities for combining mitigation funds support larger scale, higher impact projects winter 2010, and 

 
Recommending improvements existing Federal funding programs funding streams 
spring 2010. 
Governor Jindal and Senator Landrieu have both praised the ongoing efforts the working group. Jindal said that the road map good first step that clearly demonstrates positive shift direction." Noting that "for the first time, President has put together cabinet level group take stock the crisis Coastal Louisiana and outline roadmap meeting these challenges now," Landrieu has said that she "committed continuing work with President Obama, this White House coastal working group and Louisiana stakeholders put these long overdue recommendations into action." 
The roadmap complements funding for coastal priorities the region. addition Recovery Act investments wetland restoration and funding for barrier island restoration Mississippi, the priorities being developed the Working Group are reflected the President's Fiscal Year 201 Budget request. The Budget supports number ecosystem restoration activities the Louisiana Gulf Coast, including $35.6 million coastal restoration activities for the Army Corps Engineers, million increase for Fish and Wildlife Service activities along the Gulf Coast, and million joint initiative between NOAA and DOI for integrated ocean and coastal mapping. Within the Corps budget, $19 million will dedicated for construction potential Louisiana Coastal Area (LCA) projects such the Beneficial Use Dredged Material Program. This one only two new construction starts the Corps' 2011 budget. The remaining $16.6 million will dedicated for ongoing studies and design work for LCA projects, well related science programs focusing coastal wetland restoration. 
Serving our Veterans: June 12, 2009, the Department Veterans Affairs (VA) dedicated new 65,000 square-foot benefits office downtown New Orleans. The regional office delivers benefits and services more than 300,000 Louisiana veterans and their families. The 2011 Budget requested $310 million addition the $625 million previously appropriated replace the medical center downtown New Orleans. Furthermore, the just awarded contracts worth more than $153 million build new health care facilities and expand existing services that provide care veterans the Biloxi, Mississippi area. 
Disaster 

President Obama has not only worked fix long-standing bureaucratic barriers Gulf Coast recovery; has also taken steps enhance the resilience the nation whole. This means improving the capabilities all regions adapt changing conditions well withstand and rapidly recover from disruption due emergencies. 
Strengthening FEMA: President Obama named Craig Fugate head FEMA. Fugate has years disaster management experience the State and local level, having headed Florida's Division Emergency Management. recognized across partisan lines for his exceptional qualifications, and President Obama has said that "confident that Craig the right person for the job and will ensure that the failures the past are never repeated." Katrina made apparent the fact that business usual will not work dealing with catastrophic disaster. his initial months FEMA, Fugate has begun address the need prepared for catastrophes that might overwhelm traditional response and recovery architecture. Fugate working ensure FEMA strengthens partnerships with Federal, State and local government agencies well the private and volunteer sectors -to identify new approaches deal with range possible events, including anthrax other biological attacks, large-scale destruction contamination across wide geographic area, another catastrophic hurricane. Under Fugate's leadership, FEMA also looking create strong workforce and coordinate goals for the entire emergency management community tackle together. Fugate understands that FEMA only part the team disasters and looks broaden team collaboration. 

Improving Temporary Disaster Housing and Sheltering: The President has supported expanding options for temporary housing the event disaster. May 2009, FEMA unveiled seven new prototypes units currently being field tested FEMA's National Emergency Training Center. The units represent the latest factory-built housing, meetrigorous specifications for air quality and will evaluated based range use, livability, and cost. FEMA has established Joint Housing Solutions Group that includes FEMA, HUD, and the National Institute Building Sciences. The Administration has also worked improve FEMA's National Shelter System, coordinated nationwide database emergency shelter information with thousands profiles potential shelter resources. The improved system includes enhanced GIS mapping function that will allow emergency management professionals see -in real time -shelter locations, critical infrastructure, and geospatial elements. 
Enhancing Emergency Communications: The Obama Administration has worked improve the Disaster Emergency Communications Division better integrate and coordinate Federal government disaster emergency communications services and capabilities the national, regional, and local levels. addition building communications capacities during emergencies, this office assists the development emergency communications plans; supports standards and technical advancements; and conducts training and exercises emergency communications procedures. 
Improving Preparedness Across Agencies: The Administration has supported states through range national preparedness efforts managed FEMA and through public health and medical preparedness efforts managed the Department Health and Human Services (HHS). FEMA and its Federal partners, provide funding assistance states, urban areas and transportation authorities under programs bolster national preparedness capabilities and protect critical infrastructure. The all-hazards initiatives incentivized these programs run the gamut from interoperable communications citizen preparedness. They also provide essential funding first responders and emergency managers: nearly $72 million for Louisiana, $14 million for Mississippi, $22 million for Alabama, and $246 million for Texas this year. 
HHS provides support through several major programs. The Hospital Preparedness Program and the Public Health Preparedness Program enhance the ability hospitals and health care systems prepare for, and respond to, bioterrorism and other public health emergencies. The Early Warning Infectious Disease Surveillance program improves disease surveillance capabilities. HHS's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides Cities Readiness Initiative funding enhance health emergency preparedness for major cities. These programs have provided $15 million Louisiana, $11 million Mississippi, $16 million Alabama and $69 million Texas this year. 

Practicing for the Worst: May 2009, President Obama participated hurricane "tabletop exercise" with members his Cabinet and senior White House staff. These exercises, which examine strategic decisions, roles and responsibilities for major storm, will help senior Federal officials take swift action the event catastrophic hurricane. April 2009, the Centers for Disease Control Prevention also created and executed "Atlantic Wrath," 
simulated hurricane scenario, which has enhanced the ability state and local partners exercise large-scale disaster planning and response. 
Getting All Hands Deck for Preparedness: Responding disaster team effort -and 
all Americans have role play. Although State and Federal governments are formally charged with responding disasters, every citizen's responsibility prepared -not just for hurricanes but for every emergency. The President continues encourage every American prepare themselves for potential catastrophes and visit Ready.gov obtain information how best prepare. This includes creating basic emergency supply kit with items such water, food, all-weather radio, flashlight, and first aid kit; making family emergency plan; staying informed local developments; and learning about community emergency plans. 
Improving Long-Term Recovery: September 29, 2009, the President asked Secretaries Donovan and Napolitano chair the "Long-Term Disaster Recovery Working Group. This effort focus disaster recovery (the long-term effort communities rebuild rather than the immediate life-saving response efforts) began with intensive stakeholder outreach, including meetings Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, New Orleans, Memphis, New York and Washington, more than dozen conference calls and the advice and participation more than Federal agencies and offices. The Working Group's forthcoming report the President will make series recommendations how improve long-term disaster recovery, including pre-and post-disaster recovery planning, better coordination and targeting Federal assistance, and incorporating the private sector recovery. 

Making Additional Investments Infrastructure: July 2009, the first phase new twin spans lnterstate opened between Slidell and New Orleans. The new 1/2-mile bridge will replace the old 1-10 spans that were badly damaged Hurricane Katrina. Construction new jail facilities for Orleans Parish began November 2009, the same month that the Orleans District Attorney returned its permanent office space for the first time since Hurricane Katrina. Sixteen schools have reopened Orleans and St. Bernard Parish the last year and the first newly constructed school 
Investing Housing and Cultural Restoration: The City New Orleans has made measurable progress affordable housing and cultural restoration. With over $271 million small rental housing awards Orleans Parish, the city the forefront affordable housing recovery. Affordable housing the city also bolstered the completion new taxcredit-assisted projects producing 844 affordable and 118 permanent supportive housing units. highlight among them Filmore Pare, 56-unit affordable housing development that serves anchor the Mirabeau Community. Mississippi, the Mississippi Development Authority's Small Rental Assistance Program (SRAP) has completed and received certificates occupancy for more than 2,000 small rental units less than two years -halfway SRAP's projected 4,000 unit goal. 
Among the notable cultural recovery activities New Orleans has been the complete restoration and modernization the Mahalia Jackson Center for Performing Arts. The Mahalia Jackson Theater has been recovery catalyst for the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, the New Orleans Opera Association, the New Orleans Ballet Association, the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, and top-bill Broadway shows. The city has also ventured into establishing itself "Broadway South" with major renovation and restoration plans for the foot Historic Canal Street. The current restoration the historic Saenger Theatre serves the anchor this movement. 
Bolstering Criminal Justice: The Department Justice committed ensuring that Federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies jointly leverage resources combat violent crime the Gulf Coast. The New Orleans Violent Crime Task Force commenced operations April 2009. The Task Force, headed the Federal Bureau lnvestigation, comprised representatives from the New Orleans Police Department, the Jefferson Parish Sheriffs Office, the Kenner Police Department, the Louisiana State Police, the St. Bernard Parish Sheriffs Office, the Bureau Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Drug Enforcement Administration. This Task Force leverages Federal and local law enforcement resources and focuses the shootings, aggravated assaults, and murders occurring most frequently the 1si, 
51h and J1h Police Districts New Orleans. 
Strengthening Health Care: the aftermath Hurricane Katrina, thousands health professionals left and have not returned Greater New Orleans. assist with this basic need for providers, the Centers for Medicare Medicaid Services provide funding for incentive payments support recruitment and retention primary care doctors, mental health providers, dental practitioners, pharmacists, registered nurses and allied health professionals and technicians. addition, the Health Resources and Services Administration provided $14.5 million grant support fiscal year 2009 five health centers the New Orleans area, including new health center support new access point that will serve approximately 11,900 individuals. 
Supporting Schools: Hurricane Katrina damaged nearly all schools New Orleans. FEMA plans settle the remaining school-related Public Assistance cases with lump sum payment. This will provide additional funds cover school recovery costs, including classroom repair and reconstruction, supply replenishment, equipment replacement, and cleaning damaged facilities. The Administration anticipated likely funding needs associated with the settlement school cases when preparing its recent supplemental appropriations request Congress. 2010, President Obama's Budget included $30 million for the Gulf Coast Recovery Grants program, designed assist counties and parishes Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas that were impacted Hurricanes Katrina, Ike, Gustav. Congress partially funded this request with $12 million appropriation for the Department Education provide competitive grants support range activities that improve education: replacing instructional materials and equipment, paying teacher incentives, modernizing renovating repairing school buildings, beginning expanding Advanced Placement other rigorous courses, supporting the expansion charter schools; and supporting after-school extended learning time activities. 

Economic Development: Louisiana's Economic Development Program has provided financial assistance over 3,700 small businesses. Phase the Business Recovery Grant Loan Program, 259 small businesses Orleans Parish received $21.9 million assistance. This assistance was critical several New Orleans' mainstays, such the Hubig Pie Company and Lorretta's Pralines. 

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provides significant resources the Gulf Coast States. 
 
Nearly billion Recovery Act funding has been obligated for Louisiana, which over billion has been outlayed date; 
 
Nearly $2.7 billion Recovery Act funding has been obligated for Mississippi, which nearly $1.5 billion has been outlayed, date; 
 
Over $4. billion Recovery Act funding has been obligated for Alabama, which nearly billion has been outlayed date; and, 
 
Nearly $20.5 billion Recovery Act funding has been obligated for Texas, which over $10.2 billion has been outlayed date. 
Recovery Act funds provide assistance communities and individuals, supporting the region's infrastructure, and creating and saving jobs critical areas like education and law enforcement. give just few examples: 
 
Health Care: The Gulf Coast has received additional Federal grants result the 
temporary increase the Medicaid Federal Medical Assistance Percentage. Louisiana 
has received approximately $859 million and Mississippi has received $476 million. 
Moreover, the Recovery Act provides critical funding for medical research the region. 
For example, Louisiana State University, New Orleans Campus, has been awarded more 
than $6.5 million National Institutes Health grants for research. 
 	Education: Nearly $1.3 billion Education funds has been announced for Louisiana, which over billion has been obligated. Mississippi, over $908 million education funds have been announced, which $748 million has been obligated. Also, Louisiana was one the States that submitted application for the Race the Top program, which will competitively award approximately billion Recovery Act funding States that develop comprehensive and innovative plans implement major education reforms. The first phase this funding has been completed. Louisiana requested $314 million and one finalists for the grant awards. will learn its application was successful April 2010. 
 
Housing: Louisiana receiving $26.6 million Recovery Act funding through HUD's new Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program. That full sum has been 

obligated. The full $14.38 million for Mississippi has also been obligated. This program helps stabilize families who are risk becoming homeless and quickly provides housing those who are currently homeless. 
 
Coastal Management: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 
providing million Recovery Act funding restore vulnerable marsh habitat along 
the Louisiana coastline Myrtle Grove and Grand Isle, Louisiana. Mississippi, nearly 
$2.4 million Department Agriculture funding will towards projects supporting 
floodplain easement, voluntary program help protect landowners from repeated flood 
risk and save taxpayer dollars the same time. 
 
Transportation Infrastructure: date, over $520.4 million has been obligated for 
Louisiana and almost $394.6 million has been obligated for Mississippi fund 
highways, transit, airports, and other Department Transportation priorities supported the Recovery Act. Notably, New Orleans secured $45 million competitive 
American Reinvestment and Recovery Act Grants for new streetcar loop running 
through the central business district along Loyola venue from the Union Passenger 
Terminal Canal Street. 
 	Wastewater Infrastructure: date, over $43.5 million have been obligated for Louisiana and almost $35.7 million has been obligated for Mississippi fund wastewater infrastructure through the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Water State Revolving Fund Program. Notably, the City Moss Point, Mississippi received $2.25 million Recovery Act funding for sewer system rehabilitation project.