Joint Center Place Matters


Engaging Your Elected Officials in the Fair Health Movement
Wednesday, April 15, 2009, 1:30 pm 2:30 pm Eastern

Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies/Joint Center Place Matters

One of the key lessons learned from the Place Matters Initiative is the significant impact public policy has on the health and well being of communities. The ultimate goal of this work is to alter the social determinants of health in these communities, factors which are directly influenced by public policy. Therefore, it is critical that teams establish productive relationships with local and state elected officials as part of their mission to reduce health disparities and promote health equity within their communities.

The goal of this Place Matters Webinar is to review and discuss strategies that Place Matters team members may implement in order to connect with their elected officials, and actively engage them in the fair health movement.  The Place Matters Elected Officials Outreach Information Kit and Checklist will be reviewed in preparation for the Hill visits scheduled for Design Lab #10. In addition, the perspectives and experiences of both a current state representative and former local elected official will be shared to give attendees an understanding of how public will impacts policymaking.

At the end of this seminar, attendees will be able to:

Webinar Contact:

Nehanda Lindsey, CommonHealth ACTION



    Judith Burrell, Burrell Project Consult, LLC

    Judith Burrell, Burrell Project Consult, LLC


    Theresa Córdova, PhD
    Former County Commissioner, Bernalillo County, NM
    Associate Professor, Community and Regional Planning, University of New Mexico

    Theresa Córdova, PhDTeresa Córdova is Chair and Associate Professor of Community and Regional Planning at the University of New Mexico.  She teaches Foundations of Community Development, Community Planning Methods, Political Economy of Urban Development, and Community Economics.  Dr. Córdova is founder and former Director of the Resource Center for Raza Planning, a Center within the School of Architecture and Planning that enables students to engage in research and policy analysis on issues affecting traditional communities in New Mexico. She has sat on numerous boards and steering committees of community development corporations, planning organizations, and campus committees. She is a former President of the Board of the Rio Grande Community Development Corporation, which serves the South Valley near Albuquerque. She was also a Board Member of the New Mexico Endowment for the Humanities. As County Commissioner Dr. Córdova was a member of the Regional Water Utility Authority and the Metropolitan Transportation Board. Dr. Córdova works closely with the Environmental and Economic Justice Movement and publishes in the fields of community development, community based practice, and Chicana Studies. Professor Córdova was a plenary speaker for Design Lab #5 held in 2007 in New Mexico.

    Senator David Harrington
    District 47, Prince George’s County, MD

    Senator David HarringtonSenator Harrington began his public service path in 1995 as the first African-American to be elected as Mayor of Bladensburg. Prior to arriving to the Senate, Senator Harrington, for six years, was a member of the Prince George’s County Council.  During his county tenure, he served as Chair of the Council. He relinquished his seat as Chair upon receiving the appointment to the Senate. He chaired the Prince George’s County Council’s Transportation, Housing and Environment Committee as well as the Planning Zoning and Economic Development Committee.  Also when he was the council’s Vice-Chair, Harrington was in chair of the council’s legislative review of the County budget.  Senator Harrington has received numerous awards and acknowledgements including: the Hurston Wright Foundation’s Ella Baker Award for community and literary service, the Phyllis Campbell Newsome Public Policy Leadership Award from the Washington Council of Agencies, United Communities Against Poverty (UCAP) Non-Profit Champion Award, Human Services Coalition Champion Award, the Minority Building Industry Association Honorary Members Award, and the Port Towns Community Hero Award. He currently serves as a supporting member of the Prince George’s County Place Matters Team.


Elected Officials Toolkit

Dr. Teresa Córdova’s Presentation

Senator Harrington’s Presentation

General Webinar Presentation


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