Web Forum

Cuts! Cuts! Cuts! What the Federal Budget Mess Means for Prevention, Your Community and You
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 | 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM Pacific

They never intended for this to happen. Sequestration has now been triggered and federal agencies and departments are beginning to implement severe across the board cuts to programs, services and activities. Important questions remain unanswered. What will this mean for public health and prevention? Behind the hard numbers, how will the impact be felt in communities fighting to address the devastating burden of chronic disease and health inequities? What can advocates, health professionals and community residents do now to try to protect funding for prevention and public health?
In the coming days Congressional Republicans and Democrats will put forward competing budget proposals as they scramble to avoid a government shutdown when the current Continuing Resolution ends on March 31. Timing could not be more critical to find a balanced solution that protects funding for public health, including the Prevention Fund.

Please register for this interactive Web Forum to learn more.
During the Web Forum, presenters will provide an opportunity to:

  • Discuss the impact of federal funding cuts and hear updates on the latest developments from Capitol Hill;
  • Share and highlight Prevention Fund successes, including Community Transformation Grant (CTG) work from Maryland and their efforts with employers and other key stakeholders; and
  • Discuss outreach tools and messages that individuals and community advocates can use to educate legislators and decision makers





    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)

    Emily J. Holubowich, MPP
    Executive Director
    Coalition for Health Funding
    Senior Vice President
    Cavarocchi • Ruscio • Dennis Associates, LLC
    Washington, DC

    Emily J. Holubowich, MPPAs a senior member of the CRD government relations and strategic consulting team, Emily helps her clients promote and protect their interests in the nation's capital. In this capacity she serves as Executive Director of the Coalition for Health Funding, representing more than 80 national organizations that support a strong and sustained investment in public health programs. (www.dc-crd.com), (http://publichealthfunding.org)

    Donald Shell, MD, MA
    Cancer and Chronic Disease Bureau
    Prevention and Health Promotion Administration
    Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
    Baltimore, MD

    Donald Shell, MD, MADr. Shell has 18 years of experience in the field of public health, serving at both the state and local level. He is currently the Director of the Cancer and Chronic Disease Bureau in the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. As the Director of the Cancer and Chronic Disease Bureau, Dr. Shell is responsible for the oversight of the Center for Tobacco Prevention and Control, the Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Control, the Center for Cancer Surveillance and Control, and the Office of Oral Health.

    Dr. Shell believes that critical healthcare choices, some in, and some out of the control of individuals and populations, are impacted by their relationships, education, life experiences, housing, employment, nutrition, finances, emotions, substance use, spirituality, and their ability to trust. He believes that each of these social determinants must be taken into consideration when developing, delivering, and evaluating health and social services. (http://dhmh.maryland.gov)

    Sue Polis
    Director, External Relations & Outreach
    Trust for America’s Health
    Washington, DC

    Sue PolisSue Pechilio Polis is responsible for the development and management of TFAH’s advocacy outreach efforts in support of the organization’s public policy goals. 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. (www.healthyamericans.org)

    Sana Chehimi
    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)


    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.

Cuts! Cuts! Cuts! What the Federal Budget Mess Means for Prevention, Your Community and You

Hallett/US Senate Committee on Appropriations

Holubowich/Coalition for Health Funding

Shell/Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene


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

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