Web Forum

Health Reform IS Working:
A Discussion on Next Steps for Community Prevention
Monday, December 20, 2010 | Noon to 1:30 p.m. Pacific

Passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) does not guarantee continued support for community-based interventions the Prevention and Public Health Fund is intended to implement. The American Public Health Association, PolicyLink, Prevention Institute, Public Health Institute and Trust for America's Health invite you to join a discussion concerning how community, public health and healthcare leaders can ensure that ACA community prevention provisions attain their full potential.

The Web Forum's three objectives are:

  • Provide updates on the status of ACA community prevention provisions;
  • Share next steps and actions that community health advocates can take to inform elected officials and key decision-makers about the value of community prevention; and
  • Share recent examples of community prevention successes






    Susan L. Polan, PhD
    Associate Executive Director
    Public Affairs and Advocacy
    American Public Health Association

    Susan Polan, PhDSusan Polan, PhD, is associate executive director for public affairs and advocacy with the American Public Health Association. She oversees the Association's departments of government relations and affiliate affairs, communications and membership. She is responsible for planning and directing APHA's legislative, regulatory and legal activities, communicating those initiatives and Association news to members and the public, and overseeing membership recruitment and retention and Affiliate, Caucus and Section relations. (www.apha.org)

    Larry Cohen, MSW
    Executive Director
    Prevention Institute
    Oakland, CA

    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, MPA
    Deputy Director
    Trust for America’s Health
    Washington, DC

    Rich HamburgRichard Hamburg is Deputy Director at TFAH. He oversees public policy initiatives, advocacy campaigns, and internal operations and has more than 25 years of experience as a leading health policy advocate. He has led TFAH's efforts to ensure disease prevention is a centerpiece of health reform, and has been instrumental in TFAH's work on obesity prevention, building national pandemic flu and public health emergency response capabilities, and increasing support for public health priorities and budgets. (healthyamericans.org)

    Jeffrey Levi, PhD
    Executive Director
    Trust for America's Health
    Washington, DC

    Jeffrey LeviJeffrey Levi, PhD, is Executive Director of Trust for America's Health, where he leads the organization's advocacy efforts on behalf of a modernized public health system. Dr. Levi oversees TFAH's work on a range of public health policy issues, including its annual reports assessing the nation's public health preparedness, investment in public health infrastructure, and response to chronic diseases such as obesity. (healthyamericans.org)

    Amanda M. Navarro, DrPH, MPH
    Associate Director
    Oakland, CA

    Amanda NavarroAmanda M. Navarro, DrPH, is an Associate Director at PolicyLink in New York, NY. Dr. Navarro currently leads efforts within the national Convergence Partnership—a collaboration of funders aimed at achieving healthy people living in health places through environmental and policy change. She provides research, technical assistance, and training on collaborative, multi-field strategies to improve community environments particularly in low income communities and communities of color. (www.policylink.org)


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

    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)


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


Draft Framework The National Prevention and Health Promotion Strategy (National Prevention Strategy), September 15, 2010

Taking Action for Community Prevention: Protecting the Prevention and Public Health Fund
Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Implementing the Affordable Care Act: Principles of Prevention
Friday, June 25, 2010

Not in Sickness; in Health: How Health Reform could Start a Real Revolution
by Larry Cohen
The Huffington Post, June 18, 2010

THE FINAL PUSH: Taking Action to Support Community Prevention and Equity in Health Reform
Thursday, December 10, 2009

Investing in Community Prevention: A Dialogue with Federal Leadership on the Community Transformation Grants and the National Prevention Strategy
Thursday, November 4, 2010



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

D4H Community
PI Health Reform
TFAH Health Reform


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

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Trust for America's Health

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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.