Sims, one of 60 state leaders chosen for Council of State Governments national task force, will shape policy solutions

HARRISBURG, April 13 – State Rep. Brian Sims announced Tuesday that he has been invited to join the Council of State Governments’ new two-year Healthy States National Task Force to assist states with a variety of health and well-being challenges, all of which have been intensified by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I am honored to have been selected to serve on this task force and to work with my colleagues across the United States, as well as with thought leaders who are experts in their field, to determine best practices for policies surrounding health,” said Sims, D-Phila. “I look forward to digging into this work to outline real policy solutions to impact many facets of public and fiscal health to improve life for people in Pennsylvania and beyond.”

The national task force will develop public policy resources and solutions to address state policy challenges in the areas of fiscal health, human health, economic and workforce health, and civic health. It will be composed of approximately 60 state leaders from all three branches of government across the country. Sims was selected to join the group because of his expertise and commitment to policy change and improvement.

Beginning this year, members of the CSG Healthy States National Task Force will work for two years to oversee research and analysis on selected policy areas, identify bipartisan policy solutions, develop case studies and provide an outline of recommendations for state elected and appointed officials to use as they work to rebuild state budgets and economies and test innovative, data-informed policy outcomes in the years ahead.

While the long-term impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and its resulting changes are still unknown, state leaders — including those serving on this national task force — are working to anticipate what the coming years might hold for the future of the country’s economic and workforce health, human health, civic health and fiscal health.

“It would be an understatement to say the COVID-19 health crisis has created new challenges; but in these unprecedented times, state leaders have been resilient and flexible and have renewed their commitment to work together,” said David Adkins, CSG executive director/CEO.

In the wake of the pandemic, as states continue to work to identify and implement policies that will improve outcomes across their communities, the task force will work together to analyze best practices and release detailed recommendations that champion excellence in state government. During a time when state leaders across the U.S. recognize the value of putting people first in an evolving economy, the state officials serving on the CSG Healthy States National Task Force will dig deep to determine best practices across the established four focus areas and will share state successes with their peers.

“For nearly 90 years, The Council of State Governments has convened public servants who strive to solve complex problems in order to make their communities, states and the world a better place for everyone,” Adkins said.

About The Council of State Governments

Founded in 1933, The Council of State Governments is the nation’s only organization serving all three branches of state government. CSG is a region-based forum that fosters the exchange of insights and ideas to help state officials shape public policy. This offers unparalleled regional, national and international opportunities to network, develop leaders, collaborate and create problem-solving partnerships. Learn more at csg.org.