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Health care, drug abuse, families top Human Development priorities.

Led by Committee Chair Wayne Creelman, councilmember of Cape Elizabeth, Maine the Human Development (HD) Committee will focus its energies on three core clusters of policy development: health care, illicit drugs and violence and Youth, Education and Family issues. These priorities were selected by the HD Policy Committee during its deliberations during the Congressional City Conference.

The health care focus will seek to expand and strengthen positions formed by committee concentration on this issue over the last three years. Items of financing, access, cost containment and quality of care will continue as central themes of this work. The pace and importance of continuing work in this area is emphasized by the NLC Board of Directors selection of this issue as one on five on NLC's 1993 Action Agenda and the prime position this issue has been given by the Clinton Administration.

Acting upon the urgency of the issue leaders of the Committee had a series of meetings on March 9th with the federal staff level health working groups which-are reporting to First Lady Hillary Clinton's Health Task Force. HD Committee officers along with NLC's officers also met with Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala that same day to discuss health care as well as expansions of the Head Start program and federal welfare reform policies.

The control of illicit drug entry into the United States as well as a reexamination of federal and local drug enforcement, education and treatment issues will be studied during the year ahead. The wide ranging cluster of issues related to violence in the home, community and nation were also raised with great frequency during the Policy Committee meeting. Like the issue of health this crime and violence subject matter area is one of the five Action Agenda items selected by NLC's Board of Directors.

Leading a special Board established sub-committee, Mayor Dorothy Inman-Crews of Tallahassee, Fla. will work this year on youth, education and family issues. The work of this subcommittee will continue an organizational emphasis on this group of issues.
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Title Annotation:National League of Cities Steering Committee on Human Development
Author:Peterson, Doug
Publication:Nation's Cities Weekly
Date:Mar 22, 1993
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