State Rep. Janice R. Giegler (R-138), Ranking Member of the legislature’s Public Health Committee, recently spent four days in the nation’s capitol attending the Women In Government (WIG) First Annual Healthcare Summit.
WIG is a national, non-profit, bi-partisan organization of women state legislators that provides leadership opportunities, networking expert forums, and educational resources to address and resolve complex public policy issues.
The event brought together over 100 female state legislators and policy experts and from around the country and covered a wide range of topics including women’s health, chronic disease, healthcare, IT, healthcare reform and more.
Representative Giegler, who serves as one of the Connecticut State Directors for WIG, noted that summits such as this one serve as a clearinghouse and information exchange between policymakers and experts from around the country.
“This kind of summit truly has national implications and benefits,” said Rep. Giegler. “It is a unique opportunity to learn what is being done in other states concerning issues that we confront here in Connecticut on a daily basis. We learn what’s working well, what isn’t working so well, and discover some of the new and innovative thinking on a number of public health policy questions.”
The panel discussions and informational forums also addressed significant issues such as post-partum depression, folate supplementation, lupus and premature birth.
The cost Rep. Giegler’s attendance at the summit was paid for by a grant and not at taxpayer expense.