Web Forum

Putting the "Transformation" in Community Transformation Grants: Building Momentum for Equity and Prevention
Monday, June 6, 2011 | 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM Pacific

After much anticipation the Community Transformation Grants (CTGs) have been announced, launching the next phase towards achieving healthy, equitable communities. The American Public Health Association, PolicyLink, Prevention Institute, Public Health Institute and Trust for America's Health invite you to join in a discussion on strategies for leveraging Community Transformation Grants to achieve meaningful, and sustainable community transformations.

The Web Forum will:

  • Discuss the role CTGs can play in maximizing national momentum to achieve health, equity and safety;
  • Share key lessons learned and successes from Communities Putting Prevention to Work of relevance for CTG;
  • Describe cross cutting strategies to achieve greater synergy across the CTG's Strategic Directions;
  • Share strategies for leveraging partnerships and resources; and
  • Provide an update on the latest legislative news and actions from Washington DC.






    Caroline Fichtenberg, PhD
    Center for Public Health Policy
    Division of Health Policy and Practice
    American Public Health Association
    Washington, DC

    Caroline Fichtenberg, PhDCaroline Fichtenberg, PhD, is the Director of the Center for Public Health Policy at the American Public Health Association (APHA). She oversees APHA’s policy analysis and policy capacity building work, using a health in all policies approach. Prior to joining APHA, Caroline worked for Senator Harkin on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee, and prior to that she served as Director of Epidemiology for the Baltimore City Health Department. She has 14 years of experience working in the public health field on a range of issues and across research and practice settings. (www.apha.org)

    Jack Rayburn
    Government Relations Representative
    Trust for America’s Health
    Washington, DC

    Jack RayburnJack Rayburn is the Government Relations Representative at Trust for America's Health. He works with the Government Relations team to help advance TFAH's priorities with federal, state, and local governments. He previously served as Policy Aide for U.S. Senator Mark Udall (D-CO), where he worked primarily on issues related to health care reform. Mr. Rayburn also held policy positions at the Healthcare Leadership Council, and the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee under the chairmanship of the late Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA).

    At TFAH, Mr. Rayburn focuses on issue areas involving chronic disease prevention, wellness, transportation and environmental health. He also manages the action center component of TFAH's Website, and maintains and mobilizes the grassroots advocacy program.

    He has a Bachelors of Science in Biology with a pre-medical concentration from Georgetown University, and is pursuing a Masters of Public Health from The George Washington University. (healthyamericans.org)

    Judith Bell, MPA
    Oakland, CA

    Judith BellJudith Bell has been with PolicyLink since 1999, where she oversees policy development, strategic planning, program implementation, and leads an array of equitable development efforts at the local, state and national levels. Under her central leadership, PolicyLink has become a driving force behind key federal policies aimed at creating communities of opportunity – including the national Healthy Food Financing Initiative, Sustainable Communities Initiative, and other efforts to improve access to quality jobs, transportation, and the determinants of health for low-income people and communities of color.

    Since 2008, Bell has worked in partnership with the Harlem Children’s Zone to inform the development of the new federal Promise Neighborhoods initiative. In 2010, Bell helped create the Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink, an independent non-profit resource working with Promise Neighborhoods grantees to develop a pipeline of educational, social, and health supports for children in some of the nation’s poorest areas. She also leads PolicyLink work with the Health Eating Active Living Convergence Partnership, a multi-funder initiative supporting equity-focused efforts that advance policy and environmental changes for healthy people and healthy places.

    Previously, Ms. Bell directed the West Coast office of Consumers Union, where she engaged in efforts to improve the quality of life for all consumers, particularly in access to health care. She has a MPA from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University where she was Lucius Littauer fellow and BAs from UC Santa Cruz. (www.policylink.org)

    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)

    Larry Cohen, MSW
    Executive Director
    Prevention Institute
    Oakland, CA

    Larry Cohen, MSWLarry 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)

    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)


Putting the "Transformation" in Community Transformation Grants

Putting the "Transformation" in Community Transformation Grants



A Time for Action: Taking a Stand for Prevention and Protecting the Affordable Care Act
Thursday, March 10, 2011

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:

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

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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Prevention Institute

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