Confronting a Crisis: The Midwest Responds to the Coronavirus Pandemic

A webinar series hosted by the Midwestern Legislative Conference

April 1, 2020
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The Midwestern Legislative Conference presented a six-part webinar series on Midwestern states’ responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. State legislators, legislative staff, executive branch officials and interested stakeholders convened for conversations on topics related to how our region’s policymakers responded to the impact the pandemic had on their residents and communities.

COVID-19 & Public Health: Where We Are and What’s Next

Held on April 15, 2020, this webinar provided an overview of the public health impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the Midwest, what states have learned, and how state governments can prepare for the future.

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Hosted by the MLC Health & Human Services Committee.

Agriculture & Rural America: Weathering The COVID-19 Storm

Held on April, 23, 2020, this webinar examined the impact of COVID-19 on rural communities, including how states responded to the needs of agriculture and the resources available to assist businesses.

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Hosted by the MLC Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee

School Closures & E-Learning on the Time of COVID -19

Held on April 30, 2020, this webinar provided details on the varying types of e-learning plans in place in K-12 schools; explored the potential impacts on student achievement; and examined the policy implications for states, provinces and their legislators.

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Hosted by the MLC Education Committee

Maintaining Strong Cross-Border Economic Ties During the COVID-19 Crisis

Held on May 7, 2020, this webinar examined the economic impact on states and provinces of the temporary agreement to close the U.S.-Canada border to all but essential trade and workers.

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Hosted by the MLC Midwest-Canada Relations Committee

Balancing Criminal Justice & Public Health in the Time of COVID-19

Held on May, 14, 2020, this webinar explored the state of the Midwest’s jail and prison systems during the COVID-19 pandemic; specific policy responses; the challenges of re-entry; and the services that should be provided to those being released.

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Hosted by the MLC Criminal Justice & Public Safety Committee

Relief & Recovery: Strategies to Rebound from the Economic Downturn

Held on May 21, 2020, this webinar explored the unprecedented impact that COVID-19 had on the economy and state strategies to move toward recovery.

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Hosted by the MLC Economic Development Committee