Health Policy

The Health Policy Committee works with policymakers from all CSG East jurisdictions to identify common public health goals, find realistic solutions, and assist policymakers to implement innovations that improve the health of the region. The committee’s membership represents both legislative and executive branches from diverse agencies including health, social services, and insurance. The committee meets four times each year, sponsors workshops for policymakers, publishes issue briefs, and shares best practices among members.

Committee Leadership

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Terry Gerratana
Senior Advisor, Connecticut Office of Health Strategy
Terry Gerratana has spent much of her career in public service with the goal of improving the quality of life for the people of Connecticut. She is a former state legislator, having served for 18 years in the Connecticut General
Assembly. Her many accomplishments include the successful introduction and passage of legislation, most notably on children’s healthcare (Kidcare and Husky), managed care reform, mental health reform, and opioid prevention law. Gerratana currently serves as co-chair of the Council of State Governments Eastern Region’s Health Policy Committee and has been a member of CSG East’s Executive Committee since 2015. In 2018 she was appointed as a senior advisor to the Connecticut Office of Health Strategy by Governor Ned Lamont. The mission of the Office of Health Policy is to implement comprehensive, data driven strategies that promote equal access to high quality health care, control costs, and ensure better health for the people of Connecticut.
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Gustavo Rivera
Senator, State of New York
Senator Gustavo Rivera has represented the 33rd Senate District in the Bronx since 2010. He addresses health inequity legislatively and on the ground as exemplified by his launch of the Bronx CAN (Changing Attitudes Now), a community-oriented initiative to encourage
residents to develop healthy behaviors and shape policies to reduce institutional barriers to adopting healthier lifestyles. Rivera’s passion to improve health and healthcare led to his appointment as chair of the Senate’s Health Committee. As chair, Senator Rivera collaborates with colleagues, stakeholders, and constituents to improve health outcomes, increase access to coverage, and ensure a financially viable system for the 20 million New Yorkers he serves. As a member of the Senate Health Committee, he passed laws to ban smoking around schools, afterschools, and libraries. As ranking member of the Senate’s Crime Victims, Crime and Correction Committee, he championed legislation to allow charitable organizations to post bail bonds for individuals who cannot afford to do so and facilitated development of a comprehensive reentry center. Senator Rivera champions and empowers Latino communities across the state and nation in a variety of ways, including service as a board member of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials and mentor for the Model State Senate program, “Somos El Futuro,” sponsored by CUNY, SUNY, the New York State Assembly, and the Puerto Rican Hispanic Task Force. Prior to becoming an elected representative, Senator Rivera worked as a community organizer for local, state, and national candidates. After graduating from the University of Puerto Rico, he moved to New York to pursue an advanced political science degree at the City University of New York.  
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Committee Roster

Terry Gerratana (Connecticut)
ConnecticutMassachusettsNova Scotia Québec
Rep. Susan Johnson
Rep. Kathleen McCarty
Rep. William Petit *
Rep. Jonathan Steinberg
Sen. Joseph Boncore *
Sen. Joanne Comerford*
Sen. Julian Cyr
Sen. Cindy Friedman
Rep. Jen Benson
Rep. John Mahoney
MLA Randy Delorey
MLA Brendan Maguire *
DelawareNew HampshirePennsylvaniaRhode Island
Sen. Brian Pettyjohn
Sen. Bryan Townsend
Rep. Paul Baumbach *
Rep. David Bentz
Rep. Debra Heffernan
Rep. Kendra Johnson *
Sen. Shannon Chandler *
Sen. Martha Hennessy *
Sen. Cindy Rosenwald
Sen. Tom Sherman
Rep. John Fothergill *
Rep. Frank Kotowski
Rep. Lucy Weber
Rep. Gary Woods *
Sen. Judy WardSen. Cynthia Coyne *
Sen. Gayle Goldin *
Sen. Joshua Miller
Sen. Susan Sosnowski
Rep. Mia Ackerman *
Rep. David Bennett
Rep. Dennis Canario *
Rep. Grace Diaz
MaineNew JerseyPrince Edward IslandVermont
Rep. Patricia Hymanson
Rep. Kathy Javner *
Rep. Beth O’Connor
Rep. Anne Perry *
Sen. Joseph Vitale
Asw. Angela McKnight *
MLA Robert MitchellSen. Ann Cummings
Sen. Ginny Lyons
Rep. Brian Cina *
Rep. Anna Donaghue
Rep. Lori Houghton *
Rep. Brian Lippert
MarylandNew YorkPuerto RicoU.S. Virgin Islands
Sen. Brian Feldman
Sen. Guy Guzzone
Sen. Antonio Hayes *
Sen. Ed Reilly *
Del. Nicholaus Kipke*
Del. Joseline Pena-Melnyk
Del. Kirill Reznik
Asm. Edward Braunstein
Asm. Richard Gottfried
Sen. Rossana Lopez *
Sen. Angel Martinez
Sen. Carlos Rodriguez
Sen. Nayda Venegas *
Rep. Maria Charbonier *
Rep. Lydia Mendez
Rep. Juan Morales
Rep. Gabriel Rodriguez *
Sen. Oakland Benta


For more information on the Health Policy Committee, please contact

Shirley Girouard, Health Policy Consultant
Phone: 212-482-2320