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Part 32. Heart Disease and StrokePrevention Task Force.

§ 143B‑216.60.  TheJustus‑Warren Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Task Force.

(a)        The Justus‑WarrenHeart Disease and Stroke Prevention Task Force is created in the Department ofHealth and Human Services.

(b)        The Task Forceshall have 27 members. The Governor shall appoint the Chair, and the Vice‑Chairshall be elected by the Task Force. The Director of the Department of Healthand Human Services, the Director of the Division of Medical Assistance in theDepartment of Health and Human Services, and the Director of the Division ofAging in the Department of Health and Human Services, or their designees, shallbe members of the Task Force. Appointments to the Task Force shall be made asfollows:

(1)        By the GeneralAssembly upon the recommendation of the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, asfollows:

a.         Three members of theSenate;

b.         A heart attacksurvivor;

c.         A local healthdirector;

d.         A certified healtheducator;

e.         A hospitaladministrator; and

f.          A representative ofthe North Carolina Association of Area Agencies on Aging.

(2)        By the GeneralAssembly upon the recommendation of the Speaker of the House ofRepresentatives, as follows:

a.         Three members of theHouse of Representatives;

b.         A stroke survivor;

c.         A countycommissioner;

d.         A licensed dietitian/nutritionist;

e.         A pharmacist; and

f.          A registered nurse.

(3)        By the Governor, asfollows:

a.         A practicing familyphysician, pediatrician, or internist;

b.         A president or chiefexecutive officer of a business upon recommendation of a North Carolinawellness council which is a member of the Wellness Councils of America;

c.         A news director of anewspaper or television or radio station;

d.         A volunteer of theNorth Carolina Affiliate of the American Heart Association;

e.         A representativefrom the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service;

f.          A representative ofthe Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Health; and

g.         Two members atlarge.

(c)        Each appointingauthority shall assure insofar as possible that its appointees to the TaskForce reflect the composition of the North Carolina population with regard toethnic, racial, age, gender, and religious composition.

(d)        The GeneralAssembly and the Governor shall make their appointments to the Task Force notlater than 30 days after the adjournment of the 1995 General Assembly, RegularSession 1995. A vacancy on the Task Force shall be filled by the originalappointing authority, using the criteria set out in this section for theoriginal appointment.

(e)        The Task Forceshall meet at least quarterly or more frequently at the call of the Chair.

(f)         The Task ForceChair may establish committees for the purpose of making special studiespursuant to its duties, and may appoint non‑Task Force members to serveon each committee as resource persons. Resource persons shall be voting membersof the committees and shall receive subsistence and travel expenses inaccordance with G.S. 138‑5 and G.S. 138‑6. Committees may meet withthe frequency needed to accomplish the purposes of this section.

(g)        Members of the TaskForce shall receive per diem and necessary travel and subsistence expenses inaccordance with G.S. 120‑3.1, 138‑5 and 138‑6, as applicable.

(h)        A majority of theTask Force shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of its business.

(i)         The Task Force mayuse funds allocated to it to establish two positions and for other expendituresneeded to assist the Task Force in carrying out its duties.

(j)         The Task Force hasthe following duties:

(1)        To undertake astatistical and qualitative examination of the incidence of and causes of heartdisease and stroke deaths and risks, including identification of subpopulationsat highest risk for developing heart disease and stroke, and establish aprofile of the heart disease and stroke burden in North Carolina.

(2)        To publicize theprofile of the heart disease and stroke burden and its preventability in NorthCarolina.

(3)        To identify prioritystrategies which are effective in preventing and controlling risks for heartdisease and stroke.

(4)        To identify, examinelimitations of, and recommend to the Governor and the General Assembly changesto existing laws, regulations, programs, services, and policies to enhanceheart disease and stroke prevention by and for the people of North Carolina.

(5)        To determine andrecommend to the Governor and the General Assembly the funding and strategiesneeded to enact new or to modify existing laws, regulations, programs,services, and policies to enhance heart disease and stroke prevention by andfor the people of North Carolina.

(6)        To adopt and promotea statewide comprehensive Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Plan to thegeneral public, State and local elected officials, various public and privateorganizations and associations, businesses and industries, agencies, potentialfunders, and other community resources.

(7)        To identify andfacilitate specific commitments to help implement the Plan from the entitieslisted in subdivision (6) above.

(8)        To facilitatecoordination of and communication among State and local agencies andorganizations regarding current or future involvement in achieving the aims ofthe Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Plan.

(9)        To receive andconsider reports and testimony from individuals, local health departments,community‑based organizations, voluntary health organizations, and otherpublic and private organizations statewide, to learn more about theircontributions to heart disease and stroke prevention, and their ideas forimproving heart disease and stroke prevention in North Carolina.

(10)      Establish andmaintain a Stroke Advisory Council, which shall advise the Task Force regardingthe development of a statewide system of stroke care that shall include, amongother items, a system for identifying and disseminating information about thelocation of primary stroke centers.

(k)        NotwithstandingSection 11.57 of S.L. 1999‑237, the Task Force shall submit a finalreport to the Governor and the General Assembly by June 30, 2003, and a reportto each subsequent regular legislative session within one week of itsconvening. (1995‑507,s. 26.9; 1997‑443, ss. 11A‑122, 11A‑123; 2001‑424, s.21.95; 2002‑126, s. 10.45; 2003‑284, s. 10.33B; 2006‑197, s.1.)