Web Forum

Educating Elected Officials:
Effective Strategies for Prevention and Public Health
Thursday, October 13, 2011 | 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM Pacific

Join us for an important and timely discussion on effectively educating elected officials about the value of prevention and public health-related programs with an emphasis on outcomes and results. Additionally, as the Super Committee continues to debate further spending cuts and deficit reduction plans, an update will be provided on the status of the negotiations and the impact on key health-related efforts. Lastly, we will also discuss collaborative efforts underway to ensure the Prevention and Public Health Fund and key programs like Community Transformation Grants are protected.

The Web Forum will:

  • A presentation by special guest Daren Garshelis (Alliance for Justice) on what does (and what doesn't) constitute lobbying including guidance on effectively educating elected officials;
  • A discussion of the latest national developments from Capitol Hill and Washington DC pertaining to the Super Committee and deficit reduction efforts; and
  • Updates on collaborative efforts among partner organizations in support of the Prevention and Public Health Fund given recently proposed cuts.






    Daren Garshelis, JD
    Alliance for Justice
    Oakland, CA

    Daren Garshelis, JDDaren Garshelis is Counsel in the Alliance for Justice West Coast office. He works on AFJ’s Nonprofit Advocacy Project, assisting nonprofit organizations in expanding their capacity to influence public policy. He leads workshops and offers individualized consultations in English and Spanish regarding legal rules surrounding nonprofit advocacy activities to nonprofit organizations supporting numerous progressive causes. (www.afj.org)

    Emily J. Holubowich, MPP
    Senior Vice President
    Cavarocchi Ruscio Dennis Associates, LLC
    Washington, DC

    Emily J. Holubowich, MPPAs a senior member of the CRD government relations and strategic consulting team, Emily helps her clients promote and protect their interests in the nation's capital. In this capacity she serves as Executive Director of the Coalition for Health Funding, representing more than 70 national organizations that support a strong and sustained investment in public health programs. (www.dc-crd.com)

    Sue Polis
    Program Director
    Trust for America’s Health
    Washington, DC

    Sue PolisSue Pechilio Polis is responsible for the development and management of TFAH’s advocacy outreach program in support of the organization’s public policy efforts. Prior to joining TFAH, Ms. Polis worked at AARP on health and financial security-related advocacy, outreach, campaign planning and implementation efforts most recently on the Initiative on the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action in coordination with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Prior to joining AARP, Ms. Polis was the first National Director of Grassroots Advocacy for the American Heart Association. (healthyamericans.org)

    Lucy Melcher, MPP
    Government Relations Manager
    American Public Health Association
    Washington, DC

     Lucy Melcher, MPPLucy Melcher is the Government Relations Manager at the American Public Health Association (APHA) where she works to advance the organization’s public health priorities at the federal level. She also works on APHA’s grassroots advocacy program, developing resources and tools for public health advocates across the country. Prior to joining APHA, Lucy worked on health care and education issues for Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR). She has also worked in the communications department at NARAL Pro-Choice America and on various political campaigns, including as a participant in the EMILY’s List Campaign Corps program. Lucy holds a Masters of Public Policy from Duke University and a Bachelors of Arts in political science from American University. (www.apha.org)


    Matthew Marsom
    Director of Public Policy
    Public Health Institute
    Oakland, CA

    Matthew MarsomMatthew Marsom is the Director of Public Health Policy and Advocacy for the Public Health Institute (PHI). The Public Health Institute (PHI) is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting health, well-being and quality of life for people throughout California, across the nation and around the world. Mr. Marsom is responsible for designing and implementing PHI strategy for monitoring and influencing public policy, legislation and regulations affecting PHI projects and public health policy relevant to PHI interests. (www.phi.org)

    Sana Chehimi
    Program Director
    Prevention Institute
    Oakland, CA

    Sana ChehimiSana Chehimi oversees projects related to healthy eating and active living, health reform implementation and communications. Her work focuses on developing tools and strategies to promote healthier, more equitable environments. Sana co-edited Prevention Is Primary: Strategies for Community Wellbeing, one of the first academic texts on primary prevention; the Second Edition was published in August 2010. (www.preventioninstitute.org)


The following documents are PDF versions of the speakers’ presentations and are intended to be used for reference only.

A Time for Action Presentation, D4H Fiscal Year 2011 Appropriations: Hallett/US Senate Committee on Appropriations

Educating Elected Officials: Effective Strategies for Prevention and Public Health

Holubowich/Cavarocchi Ruscio Dennis Associates, LLC

A Time for Action: Hamburg/TFAH Congressional March Recess: Polis/TFAH  

Polis/Trust for America’s Health

Melcher/American Public Health Association




The following documents provide important background information that can enhance the Web Forum experience.

If you have additional questions about nonprofit advocacy, please feel free to contact Alliance for Justice.

If your 501(c)(3) organization would like to make the one-time 501(h) election, your organization needs to complete and submit IRS Form 5768.


For more resources on community prevention in health reform, and to take action on this issue, go to:

Annual Meeting Hill Visits :: American Public Health Association
APHA Midyear Meeting
Transportation Issues from the Public Health Perspective :: American Public Health Association
Food Environment Atlas
Health Reform Rapid Response Network :: Prevention Institute
Promise Neighborhoods Institute
United States Department of Agriculture
Choice Neighborhoods :: US Department of Housing and Urban Development
D4H Community
PI Health Reform
TFAH Health Reform
Public Health ACTion (PHACT) Campaign :: American Public Health Association

For regular updates on the status of community prevention in health reform, sign up for Trust for America's Health's, Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest. Contact Richard Hamburg at rhamburg@TFAH.org to sign up.


The organizations listed below have come together to sponsor this important effort:

PolicyLink Logo Trust For America's Health


Trust for America's Health

Prevention Institute Logo Public Health Institute Logo

Prevention Institute

Public Health Institute