How the Stimulus package will impact Prevention

"Tapping Into the Economic Stimulus Dollars: The State Perspective"

April 24 at 9:30 am PDT

On April 24 at 9:30 am PDT, D4H will host a followup discussion on what is happening at the state and community level across the country to plan for stimulus funding. This webforum will take a closer look at the challenges (and opportunities) of rapidly planning for significant, meaningful improvement in the Nation's health status as an appropriate and realistic outcome of a national economic recovery strategy.





    Larry Cohen, MSW
    Executive Director, Prevention Institute

    Larry Cohen has been an advocate for public health and prevention since 1972. An important focus of his work has been to develop local policies that support health and wellness and spur legislation at the state and federal levels.

    Prior to founding the Prevention Institute, he was the founding director of the Contra Costa County Prevention Program, recognized for its systems approach in bringing together county health agencies and community service organizations.

    While at Contra Costa County, he formed the first coalition in the nation to change tobacco policy and established the Food and Nutrition Policy Consortium, whose work led to a county food policy and helped catalyze the nation's food labeling law.

    Paul Halverson, DrPH, FACHE
    Director, State Health Officer
    Arkansas Department of Health
    Association of State and Territorial Health Officers

    Paul Halverson, Dr PH, is the Director and  State Health Officer of the Arkansas Department of Health and is President-Elect, of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officers. 

    He has served at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as one of the National Abortion Federation’s top biomedical research scientists and was director of the division of public health systems development and research. 

    As State Health Director, Dr. Halverson has the responsibility of leading the Healthy Arkansas Initiative, a comprehensive effort to clearly define specific areas where behavioral changes can lead to healthier citizens. The burden of chronic diseases, including diabetes, stroke, lung and heart diseases, and cancer, is higher in Arkansas than in the nation generally.

    Paul Jarris, MD, MBA

    Executive Director,
    Association of State& Territorial Health Officers

    Paul Jarris, MD, MBA is the Executive Director of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), the national nonprofit organization representing the state and territorial public health agencies of the United States, the U.S. Territories, and the District of Columbia.

    He has served as the Commissioner of Vermont Department of Health, operated statewide managed care organizations, and is an expert in quality improvement initiatives. 

    As a physician, he has worked in federally qualified health centers and served as physician to an inner city school and a shelter for homeless adolescent youth.

    Matthew Marsom

    Director of Public Policy, PHI

    As Director of Public Health Policy and Advocacy for the Public Health Institute (PHI), Matthew 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.

    Matthew was previously Chief of the Policy, Partnerships and Planning Unit within the Cancer Prevention and Nutrition Section of the California Department of Public Health, where he provided support for policy development, legislative analysis and government relations, and oversaw the policy and partnership activities of the Network for a Healthy California.

    Matthew is originally from London, England where he worked as an advocate for community based childcare organizations and as Adviser for Policy and Strategy within the Early Years and Childcare Unit of the Department of Education and Skills. 


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


Stimulus Prevention Resource Documents