February 12, 2018 – Public Meeting

The Third Meeting of the Tick-borne Disease Working Group will be from from 12 pm to 4pm (Eastern).

This is an ONLINE meeting that is open to the public. It will be recorded. You must be registered to participate in the meeting and download or run the free Adobe Connect software:

The focus of this meeting will be the work of the six subcommittees that will inform the writing of the Working Group’s Report to Congress and the Secretary of Health and Human Services. A full agenda will be posted on the website prior to the meeting.

The Working Group invites public comment on issues related to its charge. You will be asked if you would like to provide public comment when you register for this meeting.

Public comment may be provided verbally (by phone) or in writing. Thirty minutes has been set aside for verbal comments. Each speaker will be limited to 3 minutes. If more requests are received than can be accommodated, speakers will be randomly selected. Written comments should be no more than 2,000 words or 4 pages. Please send your written comments to the Tick-Borne Disease Working Group at (subject line: written public comment)

Written comments and requests to make verbal comments must be received by February 7, 2018. Additional guidance will be sent by email to everyone who signs up for public comment.

For additional information, please visit the Tick-Borne Disease Working Group website or email us at


Noon – 12:05 pm
Call to Order and Welcome

John Aucott, Kristen Honey, and Rich Wolitski
12:05 pm -12:10 pm
Recap of Meetings One and Two
Purpose and Goals of Today’s meeting

12:10 pm – 12:20 pm
Report to Congress and the HHS Secretary: Overview

12:20 pm – 12:40 pm
Vote: Mission/Vision/Values of the TBDWG

12:40 pm – 12:55 pm
Report on the Internal HHS Staff TBDWG
– Anna Perea, CDC Division of Vector-Borne Disease

Anna Perea
12:55 pm – 1:10 pm
Report on One State’s Experience: What was learned in Virginia – example of a successful collaboration
– Michael Farris, JD, LLM, President, CEO and General Council Alliance Defending Freedom

Michael Farris
1:10 pm – 1:30 pm
Review of roles and tasks of subcommittees and subcommittee members, including Town Hall

John, Kristen, and Rich
1:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Public Comment

Operator Assisted
2:00 pm – 2:05 pm
Break/Transition to Subcommittee Sessions

2:05 pm – 3:05 pm
Individual Subcommittees Meet—Members of the public are welcome to observe

1. Introductions

2. Inventory of Federal Actions
a, Does anything need to be changed or added this year to address important subcommittee issues?

3. Town Hall
a. What are the 2-3 key issues that the subcommittee would like to receive input in the form of public comment?

Subcommittee Co-Chairs
3:05 pm – 3:10 pm
Break to allow transition back to main webinar

3:10 pm – 3:40 pm Subcommittees Report Back
John and Kristen
Subcommittee Co-Chairs

3:40 pm – 4:00 pm
Meeting Recap and Next Steps

John and Kristen