Web Forum

Taking Action to Support the Prevention and Public Health Fund:
Action for 2012
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 | 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM Pacific

As we begin the new year, resources for prevention and public health continue to be threatened. Although the Prevention Fund managed to survive unscathed at the end of 2011, Representatives and Senators return to Washington, DC tasked with reaching agreement on a longer-term extension to the payroll tax reduction, federal unemployment benefits, and to maintain Medicare reimbursement for physicians.

The threat to the Prevention Fund is very real and will require our full attention in the coming weeks and months. H.R. 3630 that passed the House in mid-December proposed a 68% cut in the Prevention and Public Health Fund, starting in FY2013 (capping it at $640 million/year). The proposed offset, which goes even further than the Ryan Budget proposed earlier in 2011, would result in cuts to existing CDC-funded programs, and will impact the Community Transformation Grant program.

Join us for an interactive Web Forum to discuss the latest developments on Capitol Hill impacting the Prevention Fund; review strategies to educate elected officials about the value of prevention and public health-related programs with an emphasis on outcomes and results; and identify action steps you can take to help protect funding for public health in 2012. The forum will also provide an opportunity to review funding and policy changes included in the final Federal Fiscal Year Appropriations for 2012 that will impact public health programs in the year ahead.

The Web Forum will include:

  • A discussion of the latest national developments from Capitol Hill and Washington, DC, including a review of the payroll tax and 'doc-fix' extension and the impact on public health priorities.
  • Updates on collaborative efforts among partner organizations in support of the Prevention and Public Health Fund given recently proposed cuts.
  • A look-ahead to 2012 and call to action for public health advocates and partners, including a review of strategies that community advocates can use to showcase the value of prevention.






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

    Richard 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)

    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)

    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)


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

    Matthew MarsomAs Vice President for Public Health Policy and Advocacy 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.

Taking Action to Support the Prevention and Public Health Fund: Action for 2012

Taking Action to Support the Prevention and Public Health Fund: Action for 2012


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