EXECUTIVE ORDER No.2006 - 5

MICHIGAN TASK FORCE ON CERVICAL CANCER AWARENESS

WHEREAS, Section 1 of Article V of the Michigan Constitution of 1963 vests the executive power of the State of Michigan in the Governor;

WHEREAS, Section 17 of Article V of the Michigan Constitution of 1963 empowers the Governor to present to the Legislature information as to the affairs of the state and recommend measures that the Governor considers necessary or desirable;

WHEREAS, cervical cancer takes the lives of thousands of women every year, despite being highly preventable with regular screening;

WHEREAS, approximately half of women diagnosed with cervical cancer have never been screened for cervical cancer, and women from low income groups and those without health insurance have especially low screening rates;

WHEREAS, with the screening and treatment made available by modern medicine, no woman in Michigan should die of cervical cancer;

WHEREAS, establishment of a task force examining issues relating to cervical cancer awareness will assist the state in identifying new resources, best practices, and necessary changes in law, policies, and practices to increase awareness of the importance of regular cervical cancer screenings;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Jennifer M. Granholm, Governor of the State of Michigan, by virtue of the power and authority vested in the Governor by the Michigan Constitution of 1963 and Michigan law, order the following:

I. DEFINITIONS

As used in this Order:

A. “Department” means the Department of Community Health, a principal department of state government created as the Department of Mental Health under Section 400 of the Executive Organization Act of 1965, 1965 PA 380, MCL 16.500, and renamed the Department of Community Health under Executive Order 1996-1, MCL 330.3101.

B. “Task Force” means the Michigan Task Force on Cervical Cancer Awareness created under this Order.

II. CREATION OF THE MICHIGAN TASK FORCE ON CERVICAL CANCER AWARENESS

A. The Michigan Task Force on Cervical Cancer Awareness is created as an advisory body within the Department.

B. The Task Force shall consist of fifteen (15) members appointed by the Governor and shall include the Michigan Surgeon General and each of the following:

1. One (1) individual employed by the Department whose responsibilities include managing Michigan’s Medicaid Program.

2. Two (2) individuals representing non-profit organizations dedicated to cancer prevention.

3. One (1) individual representing a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the interests of obstetricians and gynecologists.

4. One (1) individual representing a non-profit organization dedicated to women’s health.

5. One (1) oncologist.

6. One (1) nurse practitioner.

7. One (1) epidemiologist.

8. One (1) individual representing health maintenance organizations.

9. One (1) individual representing providers of health insurance other than health maintenance organizations.

10. Four (4) residents of this state.

C. Members of the Task Force shall serve as members at the pleasure of the Governor.

D. A vacancy on the Task Force shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment.

III. CHARGE TO THE TASK FORCE

A. The Task Force shall act in an advisory capacity and shall do all of the following:

1. Review existing state efforts regarding cervical cancer awareness.

2. Identify pressing issues and significant challenges that must be addressed to increase awareness of the importance of regular cervical cancer screenings.

3. Identify and make recommendations to promote effective communications and coordination of efforts between the public, non-profit, and private sectors at both the state and local levels to increase awareness of the importance of regular cervical cancer screenings.

4. Identify and make recommendations for the development of a comprehensive statewide plan to generate public awareness of the importance of regular cervical cancer screenings.

B. The Task Force shall provide other information, recommendations, or advice as requested by the Governor or the Director of the Department.

C. The Task Force shall complete its work and issue a final report and recommendations, including any proposed changes in law, to the Governor by September 30, 2006.

IV. OPERATIONS OF THE TASK FORCE

A. The Task Force shall be staffed and assisted by personnel from the Department as directed by the Governor.  Any budgeting, procurement, and related management functions of the Task Force shall be performed under the direction and supervision of the Director of the Department.

B. The Task Force shall adopt procedures consistent with Michigan law and this Order governing its organization and operations.

C. The Governor shall designate one of the members of the Task Force to serve as its Chairperson.  The Task Force may select from among its members a Vice-Chairperson.

D. The Task Force shall select from among its members a Secretary.  Task Force staff shall assist the Secretary with recordkeeping responsibilities.

E. A majority of the members serving on the Task Force constitutes a quorum for the transaction of the Task Force’s business.  The Task Force shall act by a majority vote of its serving members.

F. The Task Force shall meet at the call of the Chairperson and as may be provided in procedures adopted by the Task Force.

G. The Task Force may establish committees and request public participation on workgroups as the Task Force deems necessary.  The Task Force may also adopt, reject, or modify any recommendations proposed by a committee or a workgroup.

H. The Task Force may, as appropriate, make inquiries, studies, investigations, hold hearings, and receive comments from the public.  The Task Force may also consult with outside experts in order to perform its duties, including, but not limited to, experts in public health and public relations.

I. Members of the Task Force shall serve without compensation.  Members of the Task Force may receive reimbursement for necessary travel and expenses according to relevant statutes and the rules and procedures of the Department of Management and Budget and the Civil Service Commission, subject to available funding.

J. The Task Force may hire or retain contractors, sub-contractors, advisors, consultants, and agents, and may make and enter into contracts necessary or incidental to the exercise of the powers of the Task Force and the performance of its duties as the Director of the Department deems advisable and necessary, in accordance with this Order, and the relevant statutes, rules, and procedures of the Civil Service Commission and the Department of Management and Budget.

K. The Task Force may accept donations of labor, services, or other things of value from any public or private agency or person.

L. Members of the Task Force shall refer all legal, legislative, and media contacts to the Department.

V. MISCELLANEOUS

A. All departments, committees, commissioners, or officers of this state or of any political subdivision of this state shall give to the Task Force, or to any member or representative of the Task Force, any necessary assistance required by the Task Force, or any member or representative of the Task Force, in the performance of the duties of the Task Force so far as is compatible with its, his, or her duties.  Free access shall also be given to any books, records, or documents in its, his, or her custody, relating to matters within the scope of inquiry, study, or investigation of the Task Force.

B. The invalidity of any portion of this Order shall not affect the validity of the remainder of the Order.

Given under my hand and the Great Seal of the State of Michigan this 16th day of February, in the year of our Lord, two thousand and six.

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JENNIFER M. GRANHOLM
GOVERNOR

BY THE GOVERNOR:
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SECRETARY OF STATE