How the Stimulus package will impact Prevention

Pushing Prevention Into the Economic Stimulus Bill: The Federal Perspective

Tuesday, April 7, 2009, 9:30 AM PDT

Buried in the American Recovery & Reinvestment act of 2009 (aka economic stimulus package) is $1 billion for prevention. Join us April 7 at 9:30 am PDT to hear the story about how $6 billion earmarked for prevention and wellness became $1 billion. This stimulating conversation with two well respected national public health leaders will tell the inside story and help stimulate reflection on how prevention issues are perceived by policymakers. One goal will be to strengthen the public health community's analysis on how to move pro-actively to integrate prevention concepts firmly into this Nation's recovery. Building knowledge about where we have been will help us to be more effective in future work. This first conversation will help us build a strong foundation for a second conversation on April 24 that will examine the state and local perspective.





    Georges C. Benjamin, MD, FACP, FACEP (Emeritus)
    Executive Director – American Public Health Association

    Georges Benjamin, MDDr. Benjamin is well known in the world of public health as a leader, practitioner and administrator. Benjamin has been the executive director of the American Public Health Association (APHA), the nation's oldest and largest organization of public health professionals, since December 2002. He came to that post from his position as secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, where he played a key role developing Maryland's bioterrorism plan. Benjamin became secretary of the Maryland health department in April 1999, following four years as its deputy secretary for public health services.

    Corinne G. Husten, MD, MPH, Interim President, Partnership for Prevention

    Corinne HustenAs President of the Partnership for Prevention, Corinne leads a membership organization of businesses, nonprofit organizations and government agencies advancing policies and practices to prevent disease and improve the health of all Americans. Partnership's mission is to improve health by preventing illness and injury and by promoting health. Partnership’s programs increase the priority on prevention in health-related policy and in the U.S. health care system. After practicing as a family practice physician in the private sector for seven years, she completed a Cancer Prevention Fellowship at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and then went to the Office on Smoking and Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), where she served for nearly twelve years as chief of the Epidemiology Branch and more than two years as acting director of the Office. Dr. Husten is one of the nation’s leading tobacco control experts and advocates.

    Jeffrey Levi, PhD, Executive Director of Trust for America's Health

    Jeffrey LevyJeffrey 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. Dr. Levi is also an Associate Professor at The George Washington University's Department of Health Policy, where his research has focused on HIV/AIDS, Medicaid, and integrating public health with the health care delivery system. He has also served as an associate editor of the American Journal of Public Health, and Deputy Director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy. Dr. Levi received a BA from Oberlin College, an MA from Cornell University, and a PhD from The George Washington University.


The following document is a PDF version of the speakers’ presentation and is intended to be used for reference only.