Web Forum

Supporting Prevention, Transforming Communities -- 2014 and Beyond
Thursday, December 5, 2013 | 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM Pacific

As 2013 comes to a close, Congress continues its work to reach agreement over funding levels for fiscal years 2014 and beyond. At this time, it’s critical that we continue to educate members of Congress on the importance of the investments being made through the Prevention and Public Health Fund. On December 10th, advocates from dozens of organizations will be on Capitol Hill asking Members of Congress to support the Fund. Public health advocates “outside the Beltway” can help out as well.

Please join us for an upcoming Dialogue4Health Web Forum on December 5th from 2:30 – 4:00 PM EST (11:30 AM - 1:00 PM PST), co-hosted by the American Public Health Association, Prevention Institute, Public Health Institute and Trust for America's Health, where we'll provide the information, tools, and resources to help you do just that.

The Web Forum will provide an update from Capitol Hill staff on the federal budget situation and its impact upon the Prevention Fund. You will also hear directly from Community Transformation Grant (CTG) communities on the work they are doing to improve health outcomes and highlight their successes and important work.

Finally, the forum will detail specific strategies you can use, in coordination with the December 10th event, to engage members of Congress directly and through media advocacy in order to educate them about how their communities and constituents are already benefiting from the Prevention Fund.





    Andi Fristedt, MPA
    Health Policy Advisor
    Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pension (HELP) Committee
    Washington, DC

    Andi FristedtAndi Fristedt is a Health Policy Advisor with the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, chaired by Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa. Andi’s portfolio on the Committee includes disease prevention, public health, medical research, and global health. Prior to joining the Committee staff, Andi worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Washington Office, where her work most recently focused on HIV/AIDS and viral hepatitis. (www.help.senate.gov)

    Becky Salay
    Director of Government Relations
    Trust for America’s Health
    Washington, DC

    Becky SalayBecky Salay is the Director of Government Relations at TFAH, ensuring the group's public policy agenda is implemented at all levels of government: federal, state and local. Previously, she was the Associate Director of Government Affairs at the Center for American Progress, where she worked on health reform, education, work/life balance, LGBT and poverty issues. Ms. Salay began her career on Capitol Hill, where she served for nearly 10 years on the staff of Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT). (http://healthyamericans.org)

    Sana Chehimi, MPH
    Program Director
    Prevention Institute
    Oakland, CA

    Sana ChehimiSana Chehimi oversees projects related to community prevention, health reform, 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)

    Genoveva Islas-Hooker, MPHGenoveva Islas-Hooker, MPH
    California CTG Project Coordinator
    Public Health Institute
    Oakland, CA

    Mariel T. Mehdipour, MPH
    Community Wellness
    Kern County Public Health Services
    Bakersfield, CA

    Mariel T. Mehdipour, MPHMariel T. Mehdipour, MPH has always had an enthusiasm for community outreach. She is currently the Director of Community Wellness of the Kern County Department of Public Health and oversees its community education and outreach efforts. Moreover, Mariel is closely involved with Kern County’s efforts to prevent chronic disease and obesity and to promote a culture of health via their Call to Action for a Healthier Kern initiative of which Kern’s Community Transformation Grant project is an important component. (www.kernpublichealth.com)

    Lark Galloway-Gilliam, MPA
    Executive Director
    Community Health Councils
    Los Angeles, CA

     Lark Galloway-Gilliam, MPALark Galloway-Gilliam is the Executive Director of Community Health Councils, a consumer-oriented health promotion and advocacy organization that focuses on increasing access to quality healthcare and improving the health of under-resourced communities. Ms. Galloway-Gilliam has played an active role in the policy debate around expansion of healthcare coverage for children and families; national healthcare reform; health equity and healthcare quality improvement; environmental justice; and improving the built environment in under-served communities. Her work challenges consumers and policymakers alike to examine their assumptions, value and learn from each other, and explore alternative models for eliminating disparities and the chronic conditions confronting communities. (www.chc-inc.org)


    Matthew Marsom
    Vice President
    Public Policy and Programs
    Public Health Institute
    Oakland, CA

    Matthew MarsomAs Vice President for Public Policy and Programs for the Public Health Institute (PHI), Matthew works to advance and support the public policy goals of the organization’s domestic and global health programs. He is responsible for designing and implementing 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.

Supporting Prevention, Transforming Communities -- 2014 and Beyond

California Community Transformation Grants


Salay/Trust for America’s Health

Chehimi/Prevention Institute



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

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