On Friday, July 21, members of the National Association of Counties voted to adopt two policy resolutions proposed by Cook County Commissioner Donna Miller (6th District), who represents Homewood.
Miller attended the 2023 National Association of Counties (NACo) Annual Conference in Austin, Texas, which brings together nearly 2,000 elected and appointed county officials to focus on federal policy issues that impact counties and their residents.
Her resolutions were national-minded adaptations of the resolutions she previously passed in Cook County. Her “Resolution in Support of Federal and Local Government Coordination to Advance Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Training and Implementation” urges the federal government to increase funding for and work with counties and local community and government agencies to fund and coordinate more robust awareness and training campaigns in CPR/AED.
“Resolution in Support of the Federal Government’s Justice40 Initiative and Encouragement of Federal, State and Local Government Coordination on its Implementation” urges the federal government to work with county governments to implement the federal Justice40 initiative by providing technical assistance and coordination to access and maximize funding for projects.
The NACo resolutions process provides members with the ability to create national policies affecting county governments. Resolutions may be introduced at NACo conferences, including the Annual Conference, Legislative Conference or, in some cases, any other conference where the NACo Board of Directors convenes.
“It was an honor to represent Cook County and the 6th District at the 2023 NACo Annual Conference, and I am thrilled that my policy resolutions related to heart health and environmental justice were approved as full Policy Resolutions for the coming year,” Miller said. “Working to improve heart health and increase access to CPR/AED training has been one of my top priorities since taking office, and I’m proud to see this work, as well as my efforts related to the Justice40 initiative, receive recognition at the national level. It’s always a privilege to gather with county officials from across the country and collaborate on best practices we can bring back home to Cook County residents.”