Web Forum

A Time for Action: Taking a Stand for Prevention and Protecting the Affordable Care Act
Thursday, March 10, 2011 | 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Pacific

Efforts to dismantle and undermine the Affordable Care Act, and the community prevention provisions in particular, are increasing. 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 take advantage of the upcoming one year anniversary of passage of the Affordable Care Act to take focused action to protect community prevention.

The Web Forum will:

  • Provide concrete action steps that community advocates can take to support and protect community prevention and the Affordable Care Act;
  • Discuss strategies that individuals and organizations can use to describe the value and benefit of investing resources in community prevention and wellness in local communities;
  • Share an update from staff with the United States Senate Committee on Appropriations on threats to community prevention within HR1 and outline actions needed to educate Congress on the importance of the Affordable Care Act; and
  • Provide a prioritized list of target legislators that advocates can contact to make the case for prevention.






    Adrienne Hallett
    Professional Staff
    United States Senate Committee on Appropriations
    Washington, DC

    Adrienne HallettAdrienne Hallett serves on the Majority staff of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies. Her responsibilities include the annual funding of programs in the Health Resources and Services Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. (appropriations.senate.gov/sc-labor.cfm)

    Mayra Alvarez, MHA
    Director of Public Health Policy
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
    Office of Health Reform
    Washington, DC

    Mayra Alvarez, MHAMs. Mayra E. Alvarez is the Director of Public Health Policy in the Office of Health Reform at the Department of Health and Human Services, where she has primary oversight responsibility for coordinated and timely implementation of the public health, prevention, and healthcare workforce policy provisions in the Affordable Care Act. Previously, Ms. Alvarez served as a Legislative Assistant for Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), the Majority Whip of the U.S. Senate, where she advised the Senator and helped develop his legislative agenda on health issues. Prior to working in the office of Senator Durbin, she served as a Legislative Assistant for then-Congresswoman Hilda L. Solis, the chair of the Health Task Force for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. Ms. Alvarez began her work in Washington D.C. as a David A. Winston Health Policy Fellow in the office of then-Senator Barack Obama. She completed her graduate education at the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her undergraduate education at the University of California at Berkeley. (www.hhs.gov)

    Sana Chehimi
    Program Manager
    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)

    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)

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

    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)

    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
    Director of Public Policy
    Public Health Institute
    Oakland, CA

    Matthew MarsomMatthew 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.

A Time for Action Presentation, D4H Fiscal Year 2011 Appropriations: Hallett/US Senate Committee on Appropriations

A Time for Action

A Time for Action: Hamburg/TFAH Congressional March Recess: Polis/TFAH




Health Reform IS Working: A Discussion on Next Steps for Community Prevention
Monday, December 20, 2010

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

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


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

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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