August 05

Welcome from NALEO Leadership
Session 1: Food and Housing Securities for Latino Families through COVID-19

Prior to the arrival of COVID-19, many families and children across the country had experienced basic needs insecurity, but the latest percentage of households reporting that they are experiencing some form of insecurity due to the pandemic
hasexacerbated these numbers.  In this online session, experts will share current national basic needs insecurity data and identify policy solutions and partnerships that policymakers can initiate in their states and communities to help mitigate the compounding effects of food and housing insecurity that families and students are facing.

Session 2: Supporting Mental Health in the Latino Community

COVID-19 has disproportionally impacted the Latino community. Data suggest that Latinos contracted the virus at higher rates and the loss of income, food insecurity, and isolation amongst other issues havecreated a mental health crisis in the Latino community; which already had one in every five Latinos suffering from mental health conditions pre pandemic. Months of lockdown and social isolation have also significantly affected the mental well-being ofLatino children and young adults.  In this online session, experts will provide an overview of the impact COVID-19 has had on the mental health of Latinos across the country and the barriers and disparities the Latino community faces around stigma, access, affordability and quality treatment for mental health challenges.  The discussion will also highlight best practices that support culturally and linguistically appropriate mental health services for the Latino community.

Session 3: Workforce Track-Getting Latinos Back to Work

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Latinos havebeen on the forefront ofmaking surethe economy continues to function as essential workers.  At the same time Latinos have a record unemployment rate that is higher than any other ethnic group in the country.  As industries continue to revise protocols to fully reopen, the Latino workforce will need assistance in re-entering the labor market.  In this online session, participants will hear from policy leaders and industry experts on the types of investments needed for Latino workers to fill the in-demand jobs of today and return to the workforce as our economy fully reopens.

Session 4: 2020 Election in COVID-19 Era

The coronavirus outbreak has already caused disruptions in the 2020 election cycle.  With several states delaying primaries and others working to set up mail and absentee voting, election officials and policymakers continue to think and plan ahead on how to run elections under COVID-19 restrictions and precautions.  In this discussion experts will highlight the efforts states and local jurisdictions are undertaking, the resources needed and the challenges and opportunities to design an elections system that is inclusive and participatory post this pandemic. 

Session 5: Preparing for the Next Emergency Amid COVID-19

Communities across the nation are grappling with an unparalleled strain on disaster management resources due to COVID-19.  Emergenciesare most often unexpected, but they are always certain; the next emergency is coming, and it will be layered onto the current COVID-19 emergency management response.  This online discussion will provide policymakers with an overview of key elements of an emergency plan that should be updated to effectively respond to and manage an emergency under the current pandemic health measures.

Session 6: Getting Back to School: Eduction in the Age of Social Distancing

As a new school year approaches, state and district leaders must work collectively with stakeholders to best prepare administrators, teachers and staff to adapt to a new COVID-19 reality.  Educational institutions will need to balance providing students with a high-quality education while employing the actions necessary to ensure that health and safety procedures are in place to reopen.  In this online session, policymakers will learnmore on the reopening plansschool districts are developing to meet the needs of all students.  

Plenary Live Cast: Election 2020 and the Latino Vote
Networking Lounge Live Chat: Meeting Community Needs through Public-Private Partnerships

Join this interactive live discussion to learn how local elected officials and members of the private sector have supported pandemic response efforts through strategic collaborations. 


August 06

Session 7: Broadband-An Essential Service

A recent survey by the Pew Research Center found that 53% of U.S. adults now say that the internet has become essential to them during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Demand for access to a reliable internet connection has increased, as teleworking, virtual learning, and even telemedicine has become more integral to our daily lives.  Despite this increased demand, millions of the nation’s most vulnerable populations in both urban and rural communities still struggle to gain basic internet access every day.  This session will provide policymakers with an overview of the challenges and opportunities the pandemic brought onto this service, and will highlight partnerships, and best practices that can support reliable and affordable broadband access for all.

Session 8: Meeting Community Needs through Public-Private Partnerships

The response to COVID-19 has been unprecedented in the U.S. and around the world.  The private sector played a key role working alongside governments to mitigate the impact of this pandemic; public-private partnerships helped in the efforts to provide additional personal protective equipment, testing sites, food, internet access, amongst other critical needs communities were facing.  With state and local budgets tightening, the need for innovative and flexible funding will become paramount.  In the aftermath of this crisis, public resources alone will not be enough to make a full recovery and fund beyond core services.  This online session will provide an overview of how public-private partnerships will become essential to recover from this recession and will highlight best practices for undertaking these partnerships to deliver critical services and programs.

Session 9: Workforce Track-Re-starting Local Economies and Building Resiliency

The COVID-19 pandemic caused major portions of the economy to shut down in efforts to mitigate the spread of the virus.  Policymakers are now grappling with the challenges of a recession as they continue to support the recovery of their economies, while also maintaining public health goals. Their efforts to rebuild the local workforce, economic growth and fiscal resiliency, must includesupport of key stakeholders and local businesses. Participants in this online session will learn strategies, policies and best practices thatcanbe implementedto support the Latino communities’ ability to thrive in these recovery efforts.

Session 10: Childcare-Key Ingredient for Economic Growth

The COVID-19 crisis has strengthened public support for the nation’s childcare infrastructure to ensure we have an effective childcare system that supports working families now and during recovery.  However, childcare programs throughout the country have raised concerns that they would not be able to reopen their doors without support from states and local municipalities as the crisis continues to unfold.  In this online session, policymakers will learn of policies that state and local government have deployed to ensure their childcare infrastructures remain stable throughout the crisis and resume their normal functions when the pandemic subsides.

Session 11: Census and Redistricting
Plenary Live Cast: Presidential Candidate and National Leadership Forum
Plenary Live Cast: Conference Wrap Up with NALEO Leadership