Web Forum

Implementing the Affordable Care Act: Principles of Prevention
Friday, June 25, 2010 | 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM Pacific

We applaud the passage of the Affordable Care Act and the historic creation of the Prevention and Public Health Fund. With the first disbursement last week, however, the Fund fell short of its promise. Instead of dedicating the money primarily towards quality community prevention, more than half of the first appropriation of funds went to shoring up the primary care workforce and for other non-community prevention efforts.

While ensuring the availability of primary care providers is critical-especially in underserved communities, the Prevention and Public Health Fund must focus resources and strategy, not on treating sickness, but on supporting health in the first place. And while the Administration has made assurances that this was a one-time diversion of resources, we are keenly aware that funding priorities can change quickly and unexpectedly.

Therefore, it is vital that the prevention community come together to ensure that community-based prevention is fully funded and supported in federal policy as we move forward with the implementation of health reform.

The forum will accomplish three primary objectives:







    Larry Cohen, MSW
    Executive Director
    Prevention Institute

    Larry Cohen, MSW, is the Executive Director and founder of Prevention Institute. Prevention Institute is a national non-profit dedicated to creating systematic, comprehensive strategies that change the conditions that impact community health. An important focus of Mr. Cohen’s work has been to develop local policies that support health and wellness and spur legislation at the state and federal levels. preventioninstitute.org

    Richard Hamburg
    Deputy Director
    Trust for America’s Health

    Rich 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

    Judith Bell, MPA

    Judith BellA noted policy advocate on a variety of equity issues, Ms. Bell works with community leaders and state and national partners to advance change at the local, state, and national levels. She also conducts advocacy trainings and workshops across the country to bring low-income communities into the policy process. Ms. Bell is an authority on innovative strategies and policies that increase access to healthy foods and reduce environmental health impacts on low-income communities. (www.policylink.org)

    Jeffrey Levi, PhD
    Executive Director
    Trust for America's Health

    Jeffrey LeviJeffrey Levi, PhD, is Executive Director of Trust for America's Health, where he leads the organization's advocacy efforts on behalf of a modernized public health system. Dr. Levi oversees TFAH's work on a range of public health policy issues, including its annual reports assessing the nation's public health preparedness, investment in public health infrastructure, and response to chronic diseases such as obesity. (healthyamericans.org)


    Matthew Marsom
    Director of Public Policy
    Public Health Institute

    Matthew 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.

Implementing the Affordable Care Act: Principles of PreventionImplementing the Affordable Care Act: Principles of PreventionImplementing the Affordable Care Act: Principles of Prevention

Implementing the Affordable Care Act: Principles of Prevention


THE FINAL PUSH: Taking Action to Support Community Prevention and Equity in Health Reform
Thursday, December 10, 2009

Not in Sickness; in Health: How Health Reform could Start a Real Revolution by Larry Cohen
The Huffington Post, June 18, 2010


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


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

Trust for America's Health
Prevention Institute

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.