Web Forum

Protecting Community Prevention and Funding for Public Health:
Update and Resources for Action
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 | 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM Pacific

Later this month, Congress will reach agreement on a longer-term extension to the payroll tax reduction, federal unemployment benefits, and to maintain Medicare reimbursement for physicians.

It is essential that community advocates take action to contact their Senators and Representatives and urge them to sustain funding for prevention and oppose any proposals to use the Prevention and Public Health Fund as a offset.

Cuts to the Prevention Fund could result in funding reductions for existing CDC-funded state and local 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 funding for prevention.

The Web Forum will include:

  • An update on the latest 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.
  • Discuss and review strategies to educate elected officials about the value of prevention and public health-related programs with an emphasis on outcomes and results.
  • Identify action steps for community advocates to take to help protect funding for prevention and public health.
  • Highlight tools and resources that are available to showcase the value of prevention.






    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)

    Craig Martinez, DrPH, MPH
    Health Policy Advisor
    United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions
    Majority Health Policy Office
    Washington, DC

    Craig Martinez, DrPH, MPHCraig Martinez is a Health Policy Advisor in the Majority Health Policy Office of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee. His legislative portfolio includes issues relating to public health, prevention, health disparities, mental health, HIV/AIDS, and public health preparedness. Dr. Martinez holds a Doctorate in Public Health degree and Master of Public Health degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a Bachelor of Science degree from Stanford University. (www.help.senate.gov)

    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)

    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)

    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
    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.

Protecting Community Prevention and Funding for Public Health: Update and Resources for Action Salay/Trust for America’s Health Chehimi/Prevention Institute

Protecting Community Prevention and Funding for Public Health: Update and Resources for Action

Chehimi/Prevention Institute

Melcher/American Public Health Association Navarro/PolicyLink  

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:

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