Florida Senate - 2021                                    SB 1280
       By Senator Ausley
       3-01382A-21                                           20211280__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to the Public Health Task Force;
    3         creating the task force within the Legislature for a
    4         specified purpose; requiring the Office of Program
    5         Policy Analysis and Governmental Accountability to
    6         provide research services to the task force; providing
    7         for membership, meetings, and duties of the task
    8         force; requiring the task force to submit a report to
    9         the Governor and the Legislature by a specified date;
   10         providing for expiration of the task force; providing
   11         an effective date.
   13  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   15         Section 1. Public Health Task Force.—The Public Health Task
   16  Force is established within the Legislature to comprehensively
   17  assess the Department of Health’s resources and capacity to
   18  sustainably deliver public health services in this state, and to
   19  make recommendations for improvements to the department’s
   20  framework for statewide implementation of such services. The
   21  Office of Program Policy Analysis and Governmental
   22  Accountability shall provide its research services to the task
   23  force.
   24         (1)MEMBERSHIP.—
   25         (a)The task force shall consist of the following members:
   26         1.The State Surgeon General or his or her designee.
   27         2.One county health department director from each of the
   28  following, appointed by the State Surgeon General:
   29         a.A county where more than half of the local population is
   30  represented by ethnic and racial minority groups.
   31         b.A rural county.
   32         c.An urban county.
   33         3.One representative from each of the following
   34  organizations, appointed by their respective organizations:
   35         a.Association of State and Territorial Health Officials.
   36         b.Florida Public Health Association.
   37         c.Florida Medical Association Health, Education, and
   38  Public Policy Committee.
   39         d.Florida Association of County Health Officers.
   40         e.Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University Institute
   41  of Public Health.
   42         f.University of South Florida College of Public Health.
   43         g.Public Health Accreditation Board.
   44         h.Florida Environmental Health Association.
   45         i.Safety Net Hospital Alliance of Florida.
   46         (b)A vacancy on the task force shall be filled in the same
   47  manner as the original appointment.
   48         (c)The task force shall elect a chair from among its
   49  members.
   50         (d)Members shall serve without compensation but are
   51  entitled to reimbursement for per diem and travel expenses
   52  pursuant to s. 112.061, Florida Statutes.
   53         (2)MEETINGS.—
   54         (a)The task force shall convene its first meeting by
   55  October 1, 2021, and shall meet as often as necessary to fulfill
   56  its responsibilities under this section.
   57         (b)Meetings may be conducted in person or by
   58  teleconference or other electronic means.
   59         (3)DUTIES.—The task force shall do all of the following:
   60         (a)Analyze the department’s ability to prepare for,
   61  respond to, and mitigate the effects of natural and manmade
   62  disasters of public health significance, including, but not
   63  limited to, hurricanes, floods, communicable disease, epidemics,
   64  pandemics, and bioterrorism.
   65         (b)Analyze the department’s ability to provide public
   66  health services statewide within the existing framework provided
   67  in chapter 154, Florida Statutes, and identify any gaps in
   68  service, paying particular attention to all of the following:
   69         1.The impacts of environmental factors on human health.
   70         2.Community health assessments and development of
   71  evidence-based community and state health improvement plans.
   72         3.Population and community health.
   73         4.Chronic disease mitigation and prevention.
   74         5.Communicable disease control.
   75         6.Maternal and child health.
   76         7.Information infrastructure to support the department’s
   77  capacity to conduct analyses, data integration, and integration
   78  of analyses as required for the department to become an
   79  information agency in the digital age.
   80         8.Preparedness planning, response, and mitigation.
   81         (c)Assess historical trends and analyze the department’s
   82  funding and staffing, with the goal of establishing sustainable
   83  funding for the department’s activities.
   84         (d)Assess historical trends and analyze the department’s
   85  allocation and distribution of funds to county health
   86  departments, with the goal of overcoming declines in state and
   87  federal funding coupled with the state’s population growth and
   88  increasing vulnerable populations.
   89         (e)Analyze the department’s staffing, including the levels
   90  and types of public health professionals required to maintain a
   91  robust public health department workforce at the state and local
   92  levels. Such public health professions include, but are not
   93  limited to, physicians, public health nurses, epidemiologists,
   94  health educators, social workers, and sanitarians.
   96  When conducting its assessments and analyses under this
   97  subsection, the task force must reference the Public Health
   98  Accreditation Board Standards and Measures, Version 1.5, for
   99  national public health department accreditation; the 10
  100  Essential Public Health Services, as revised in June 2020,
  101  published by the Public Health National Center for Innovations
  102  and the de Beaumont Foundation; and other relevant guidelines
  103  issued by the United States Centers for Disease Control and
  104  Prevention.
  105         (4)REPORT.—The task force shall submit a report of its
  106  findings and recommendations to the Governor, the President of
  107  the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives by
  108  September 30, 2022.
  109         (5)EXPIRATION.—This section expires October 1, 2022.
  110         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2021.