THE FINAL PUSH: Taking Action to Support Community Prevention and Equity in Health Reform
Thursday, December 10, 2009 – 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. Pacific

Please join us for an urgent late-breaking Web Forum on public health priorities for health reform!

Taking Action to Support Community Prevention and Equity in Health Reform

Please join Public Health Institute and Prevention Institute on Dialogue4Health.org for one of the following Web Forums:

----------------Previous Web Forums In This Series---------------

Monday, August 24, 2009 12:00 pm-1:30 pm Pacific Daylight Time


Tuesday, August 4, 2009 10:00 am-11:30am
Pacific Daylight Time


The California Mobilization CALL:
Tuesday, July 28, 2009 12:00 pm
-1:30 pm
Pacific Daylight Time
*co-sponsored with the Strategic Alliance for Healthy Food and Activity Environments

Resource Material and Speakers


Tuesday, July 21, 2009 12:00 pm-1:30 pm
Pacific Daylight Time


Monday, July 20, 2009 12:00-1:30 pm
Pacific Daylight Time


Important policies to shape our health system and the nation's health are being debated in Congress right now.

YOU can have an impact by reaching out to your members of Congress now and during the August summer recess when members are in their district offices.

We invite you to participate in a series of free web forums organized by
Prevention Institute and Public Health Institute on Dialogue4Health.org.


  • Update on health reform legislation
  • Status of community prevention and equity elements
  • How to make the case for community prevention and equity
  • Actions to reach all members of Congress
  • Taking advantage of media opportunities
  • How organizations and individuals can educate without lobbying
  • Primer on conducting a legislative visit


We need you to be involved in this effort. Every member of Congress should hear what you have to say about why community prevention and health equity are critical to the success of health reform.

Everyone has the right to educate their representatives in Congress about the importance of prevention in heath reform. Attending this web forum is not a lobbying activity.


    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

    Rebecca Flournoy, MPH, is an Associate Director at PolicyLink. PolicyLink is a national research and action institute advancing economic and social equity by Lifting Up What Works.®  Ms. Flournoy leads research, policy analysis, capacity-building, and advocacy efforts to improve community environments in ways that support good health. www.policylink.com

    Richard Hamburg is the Director of Government Relations for Trust for America’s Health. Trust for America's Health (TFAH) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to saving lives by protecting the health of every community and working to make disease prevention a national priority. Mr. Hamburg is responsible for strategizing and implementing TFAH's coalition building and legislative efforts at the federal and state levels. healthyamericans.org

    Jeffrey 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

    Shireen Malekafzali, MPH is a Senior Associate at PolicyLink. Ms. Malekafzali is a member of the health team working to create environmental and policy changes aimed at addressing health disparities.  She provides research, technical assistance, and training to collaborative efforts intended to create health-enabling environments for all. www.policylink.com

    Leslie Mikkelsen, MPH, is Managing Director of Prevention Institute. She leads a team of Prevention Institute staff focused on environmental and policy approaches to promoting healthy eating and physical activity, especially in communities of color and low-income communities. preventioninstitute.org

    Brian D. Smedley is Vice President and Director of the Health Policy Institute of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies in Washington, DC. The Institute has a dual focus: to explore disparities in health and to generate policy recommendations on longstanding health equity concerns. In this position, Dr. Smedley oversees all of the operations of the Institute, which was started in 2002 with funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. www.jointcenter.org


    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

    David A. Lindeman, Ph.D. is the Director of the Center for Aging and Technology, an initiative of The SCAN Foundation and HealthTech.  The Center focuses on identifying and evaluating best practices in the diffusion of emerging technologies that enhance home and community-based care for seniors, and will serve as a state and national resource base for providers and policymakers. He has extensive experience in interdisciplinary research, development of innovative community-based and residential programs for older adults, beneficial technologies, gerontological education, and long-term care public policy. healthtechcenter.org/cta


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

American Public Health Association
California Center for Public Health Advocacy
CommonHealth ACTION
Community Health Councils
The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies
National REACH Coalition
National Health Equity Coalition
National Network of Public Health Institutes
Partnership for Prevention
Trust for America's Health


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

Real Health Reform Starts with Prevention
The Economic Argument for Prevention
Prevention for a Healthier America
Community Prevention Memo: Strengthening What Works
APHA 2009 Agenda for Health Reform
APHA Top Ten Rules of Advocacy
How to Answer Hard Questions About Prevention in Health Reform
Talking Points for Community Prevention in Health Reform
Media Talking Points

Critical Members of Congress
Critical Legislators’ Information

Powerpoint Presentations

Trust for America's Health:
Public Health and Health Reform:
A Snapshot of Current Legislative Activity

Joint Center
Health Equity and
Accountability Act of 2009
(H.R. 3090)

Prevention Institute:
Taking Action to Support Community Prevention and Equity in Health Reform Advocacy Actions
Cohen, Mikkelsen

Communicating with your Policymakers

Strategic Alliance CA Mobilization


Co-Sponsors for the CA Mobilization Web Forum

California Center for Public Health Advocacy
California Pan Ethnic Health Network
California Convergence
California WIC Association
Human Impact Partners
Latino Coalition for a Healthy California
Latino Health Access
Samuels and Associates


Prevention Institute:
Taking Action to Support Community Prevention and Equity in Health Reform Advocacy Actions

Mikkelsen, Shak

The Economic Costs of Overweight, Obesity and Physical Inactivity Among California Adults – 2006.

Disparities Action Toolkit

Op-Ed from Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Service: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/08/03/AR2009080302223.html


Connect with other advocates, continue the discussion, and share what happened as a result of your efforts to educate your representative

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