Web Forum

The Road Ahead for Public Health and the Prevention Fund:
Action for the Summer Recess
Tuesday, July 31, 2012 | 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM Pacific

Despite last month's U.S. Supreme Court ruling that upheld the Affordable Care Act, there continue to be very real threats to funding for public health. Just this week the House Labor/HHS Appropriations Subcommittee passed a spending bill for FY 2013 that would eliminate funding for the Prevention Fund and include a 10% cut across the board to the CDC. In addition, the looming threat of sequestration is very real.

In the coming weeks, members of Congress will be home in their districts to hear the priorities and concerns of their constituents. It is vital that we use this opportunity to elevate the success of community prevention efforts and to educate legislators on the importance of maintaining resources for community prevention and wellness. Whether you are a leader from a community benefiting from these investments, a public health practitioner, or an individual, there are actions you can take to elevate the importance of public health. And now is the time to take them.

Please register for this interactive Web Forum that will provide key strategies, tools and resources that individuals and community advocates can use at this critical time.

The Web Forum will:

  • 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)

    Amanda M. Navarro, DrPH, MPH
    Associate Director
    Oakland, CA

    Amanda NavarroAmanda M. Navarro, DrPH, is an Associate Director at PolicyLink in New York, NY. Dr. Navarro currently leads efforts within the national Convergence Partnership—a collaboration of funders aimed at achieving healthy people living in health places through environmental and policy change. She provides research, technical assistance, and training on collaborative, multi-field strategies to improve community environments particularly in low income communities and communities of color. (www.policylink.org)

    Sana Chehimi
    Program Director
    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)

    Tami Gouveia, MSW, MPH
    Chief Operations and Policy Officer
    Massachusetts Prevention Alliance
    Acton, MA

    Tami Gouveia, MSW, MPHTami has spent the last 10 years of her public health social work career advocating for effective prevention and public health policies and stable prevention funding at the local, state, and federal levels. Tami launched several local prevention coalitions and is a founding board member of the Massachusetts Prevention Alliance, a statewide organization that advocates for sound public health and safety policies for all Massachusetts youth and young adults. (www.mapreventionalliance.org)

    Nicole Burda
    Government Relations
    American Public Health Association
    Washington, DC

    Nicole BurdaAs the Manager of Government Relations for the American Public Health Association (APHA), Nicole Burda is responsible for promoting APHA’s legislative agenda and coordinating APHA’s grassroots advocacy activities, including working with APHA’s Action Board, state Affiliates, and sections on the annual Public Health Action Campaign. (www.apha.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.

Protecting Community Prevention and Funding for Public Health: Update and Resources for Action Salay/Trust for America’s Health Chehimi/Prevention Institute

The Road Ahead for Public Health and the Prevention Fund: Action for the Summer Recess

Hamburg/Trust for America’s Health


Chehimi/Prevention Institute

Gouveia/Massachusetts Prevention Alliance

Burda/American Public Health Association


The following documents provide important background information that can enhance the Web Forum experience.

If you have additional questions about nonprofit advocacy, please feel free to contact Alliance for Justice.

If your 501(c)(3) organization would like to make the one-time 501(h) election, your organization needs to complete and submit IRS Form 5768.


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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Trust for America's Health

Prevention Institute Logo Public Health Institute Logo

Prevention Institute

Public Health Institute