Web Forum

Summertime: Sun, Sand, and Support for Prevention Needed Now!
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 | 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM Pacific

It's summer time! And as we enjoy the outdoors, beaches, and warm summer nights, members of Congress will also be coming home for the August Recess! As champions for prevention, this is a critical time to engage our members and show them how the Prevention and Public Health Fund is working in their communities. During this Web Forum we will hear from Senator Harkin's staff who will talk about recent efforts on the Hill to support the fund and share what some Community Transformation Grant (CTG) communities are doing to educate their lawmakers. We will discuss strategies to engage members of Congress over the August Recess to educate them about how their communities are benefiting from the Prevention and Public Health Fund. Please join us in this discussion as we continue to make prevention a national priority.





    Andi Fristedt
    Health Policy Advisor
    Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pension (HELP) Committee
    Washington DC

    Andi FristedtAndi Fristedt is a Health Policy Advisor with the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, chaired by Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa. Andi’s portfolio on the Committee includes disease prevention, public health, medical research, and global health. Prior to joining the Committee staff, Andi worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Washington Office, where her work most recently focused on HIV/AIDS and viral hepatitis. (www.help.senate.gov)

    Sue Polis
    Director, External Relations and 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)

    Lily Swartz
    Program Coordinator
    Prevention Institute
    Oakland, CA

    Lily SwartzLily Swartz coordinates and implements Prevention Institute’s communications approach and efforts, including overall strategy development, media advocacy, media outreach, messaging and framing, and technical support. She also developed and maintains the organization's social media strategy, designed to expand the reach and impact of community prevention work. (www.preventioninstitute.org)

    Kathleen MacGuire
    Program Coordinator, Community Transformation Partnership
    Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department
    Tacoma, Washington

    Kathleen MacGuireKathleen MacGuire is the program manager for the Community Transformation Grant in Pierce County, Washington. Kathleen received her Master of Public Health degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and works in health policy research, development and implementation with a primary focus on community based approaches to chronic disease prevention and health disparities reduction. (www.tpchd.org/communitytransformation)


    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.

Summertime: Sun, Sand, and Support for Prevention Needed Now!

MacGuire/Tacoma Pierce County Health Department


Swartz/Prevention Institute

Polis/Trust for America's Health



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

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Prevention Institute

Trust for America's Health

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