Web Forum

Protecting Prevention in the Affordable Care Act: Sharing the Evidence, Putting Leadership and Resources into Action
Wednesday, July 27, 2011 | 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM Pacific

Join the American Public Health Association, PolicyLink, Prevention Institute, Public Health Institute and Trust for America's Health for a discussion on key strategies, tools and resources that communities can use to elevate the success of community prevention efforts and to educate legislators on the importance of maintaining resources for community prevention and wellness.

The Web Forum will:

  • Provide a brief summary of the prevention and wellness provisions of the Affordable Care Act;
  • Discuss the latest national developments from Capitol Hill and Washington DC;
  • Share evidence, tools and strategies to lift up community prevention success stories; and
  • Discuss legislative outreach tools and messages to use during the August recess to educate leaders and decision makers.






    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)

    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)

    Ann Whidden, MPH
    Communications Manager
    Prevention Institute
    Oakland, CA

    Ann Whidden, MPHAnn Whidden is Communications Manager at Prevention Institute, where she leads communications strategy, messaging and framing development and media outreach efforts. She has twenty years’ experience as a health and communications professional, working with progressive corporate and non-profit clients to create compelling strategies that amplify best practices, capture media attention, and inspire action. (www.preventioninstitute.org)

    Lucy Melcher, MPP
    Government Relations Manager
    American Public Health Association
    Washington, DC

     Lucy Melcher, MPPLucy Melcher is the Government Relations Manager at the American Public Health Association (APHA) where she works to advance the organization’s public health priorities at the federal level. She also works on APHA’s grassroots advocacy program, developing resources and tools for public health advocates across the country. Prior to joining APHA, Lucy worked on health care and education issues for Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR). She has also worked in the communications department at NARAL Pro-Choice America and on various political campaigns, including as a participant in the EMILY’s List Campaign Corps program. Lucy holds a Masters of Public Policy from Duke University and a Bachelors of Arts in political science from American University. (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

Protecting Prevention in the Affordable Care Act: Sharing the Evidence, Putting Leadership and Resources into Action

Hallett/United States Senate Committee on Appropriations

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

Whidden/Prevention Institute

Melcher/American Public Health Association

Polis/Trust for America’s Health



Protecting Prevention in the Affordable Care Act: Sharing the Evidence, Putting Leadership and Resources into Action
Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Putting the "Transformation" in Community Transformation Grants: Building Momentum for Equity and Prevention
Monday, June 6, 2011

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:

Annual Meeting Hill Visits :: American Public Health Association
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
Public Health ACTion (PHACT) Campaign :: American Public Health Association

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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