Web Forum

THE FINAL PUSH: Taking Action to Support Community Prevention and Equity in Health Reform
Thursday, December 10, 2009 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. Pacific

The United States House of Representatives passed health reform legislation. Now it is time for the Senate. The debate is shaping up to be both contentious and historic: the stakes are high for families, communities, business, and the nation as a whole. The Senate health reform bill contains specific provisions that will advance community prevention and equity.

YOU can have an impact by reaching out to your Senators- scroll down for a list of Senators most crucial to reach.

We invite you to participate in a free Web Forum organized by Prevention Institute, Public Health Institute and Public Health Institute's Dialogue4Health.






Preliminary Agenda

  • Update on health reform legislation and status of community prevention and equity elements

  • How to make the case for community prevention and equity in health reform

  • Actions to reach all members of Congress

  • Priority states and Senators for outreach

  • Taking advantage of media opportunities

  • How organizations and individuals can educate without lobbying


    Larry Cohen, MSW
    Executive Director
    Prevention Institute

    Larry Cohen, MSW, is the Executive Director and founder of Prevention Institute. Prevention Institute is a national non-profit dedicated to creating systematic, comprehensive strategies that change the conditions that impact community health. An important focus of Mr. Cohen’s work has been to develop local policies that support health and wellness and spur legislation at the state and federal levels. preventioninstitute.org

    Richard Hamburg
    Deputy Director
    Trust for America’s Health

    Richard Hamburg is the Director of Government Relations for Trust for America’s Health. Trust for America's Health (TFAH) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to saving lives by protecting the health of every community and working to make disease prevention a national priority. Mr. Hamburg is responsible for strategizing and implementing TFAH's coalition building and legislative efforts at the federal and state levels. healthyamericans.org

    Aarti Kohli
    Director of Immigration Policy & Legislative Counsel
    Warren Institute on Race, Ethnicity, and Diversity


    Matthew Marsom
    Director of Public Policy
    Public Health Institute

    Matthew 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

We need you to be involved in this effort. Every United States Senator should hear what you have to say about why community prevention and health equity are critical to the success of health reform.

Important to know: Everyone has the right to educate their United States Senators about the importance of prevention in heath reform. Attending this Web Forum is not a lobbying activity.

Please make your voice heard about the need for comprehensive health reform that includes significant provisions for community prevention and equity - the following list identifies the states most crucial for outreach:

  • Indiana (Senator Bayh)
  • Maine (Senator Collins & Senator Snowe)
  • North Dakota (Senator Conrad & Senator Dorgan)
  • Louisiana (Senator Landrieu)
  • Connecticut (Senator Lieberman)
  • Arkansas (Senator Lincoln)
  • Missouri (Senator McCaskill)
  • Nebraska (Senator Nelson)
  • Ohio (Senator Voinovich)
  • Georgia (Senator Chambliss)
  • Oklahoma (Senator Coburn & Senator Inhofe)
  • South Carolina (Senator DeMint)
  • Nevada (Senator Ensign)
  • New Hampshire (Senator Gregg)

Senate Leadership:

  • Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nevada)
  • Democratic Whip Richard Durbin (Illinois)
  • Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Kentucky)
  • Minority Whip Jon Kyl (Arizona)


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

THE FINAL PUSH: Taking Action to Support Community Prevention and Equity in Health Reform
Richard S. Hamburg
Trust for America’s Health

Federal Health Care Reform
The Impact on Immigrant Families
Aarti Kohli
Chief Justice Earl Warren
Institute on Race, Ethnicity and Diversity


Web Forums
Taking Action to Support Community Prevention and Equity in Health Reform
July - August, 2009


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

D4H Social Network
PI Health Reform
TFAH Health Reform


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

Trust for America's Health

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.