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CBA Webinars

APHA is hosting a series of webinars aimed at improving the capacity of state, tribal, local or territorial health departments to use policy as a tool to improve population health. Additional APHA webinars can be found here 

Below are slides, archived recordings and transcripts from past policy webinars.

Built Environment Approaches for Improving Community Health
The built environment — our neighborhoods and communities where we live, learn, work and play — has an impact on physical activity levels, access to healthy food, transportation behaviors and, ultimately, health outcomes. This webinar featured two counties that have taken different approaches to changing the built environment around them in order to improve the health of their communities. Public health and development officials from Kane County, Ill., described their model for collaborative public policy planning and implementation and discussed the implementation of their 2040 Master Plan, which fully integrates public health into land use and transportation decisions. Representatives from Manatee County Health Department in Bradenton, Fla., discussed the development of a Complete Streets policy to reduce pedestrian and bicycling injuries and increase opportunities for biking and walking.

Slides and recording from May 9, 2013 webinar.
Recording only (MP3). Slides only (PDF). Transcript (Word).


 
Evaluating Legislation Impact: The Maryland Public Health Dental Hygiene Act
Beginning on Oct. 1, 2008, the underserved in Maryland, especially children, gained increased access to oral health services through the Public Health Dental Hygiene Act of 2008. The act allows a dental hygienist working in a public health setting, including schools, to practice dental hygiene and apply sealants or fluoride agents, mouth rinse or varnish without a prior examination by a dentist or physician. This webinar featured Harry Goodman, DMD, MPH, director of the Office Oral Health, who gave an overview of the law; Deborah Levy, MS, founder of SuccessLinks, LLC and evaluation consultant who discussed the evaluation and Sue Camardese, RDH, MS, the public health dental hygienist at Chase Brexton Health Services in Columbia, Md., who spoke about how the law has affected their dental program.

Slides and recording from April 9, 2013 webinar.
Recording only (MP3). Slides only (PDF). Transcript (Word).
Notes from the Q&A period (PDF).


 

The Power of Policy Webinar 6 - Intersectoral Collaboration for Health: Reports from Local Health Departments 

View the recording of the November 15, 2012 webinar: mp3 or wmv, Transcript: Word

Increasingly, local communities throughout the U.S. are adopting a Health in All Policies (HiAP) framework to improve health and equity by incorporating health considerations into decision-making across all sectors.

 

This 90-minute webinar includes a short overview of the HiAP approach, and an introduction to the work of Baltimore’s Cross Agency Health Taskforce and Sonoma’s Health Action, including history, accomplishments, and a discussion of the lessons learned from these exciting local initiatives. 

 

Presenters:

Caroline Fichtenberg, PhD

Director of the Center for Public Health Policy

American Public Health Association - Presentation (PDF)

 

Peter Rumble, MPA

Director of Health Policy and Planning

Sonoma County Health Services Department - Presentation (PDF)

 

Sarah Morris-Compton, MPP

Director of the Office of Policy and Planning

Baltimore City Health Department

 

Ruthie Fesahazion, PhD

Health Policies and Programs Administrator

Baltimore City Health Department

 

Presentation (PDF) for Ms. Morris-Compton and Dr. Fesahazion


The Power of Policy Webinar 5 - Health in All Policies: Lessons Learned from California

View the recording of the September 6, 2012 webinar: mp3, Transcript: Word

Health in All Policies is a collaborative approach to improve health by incorporating health considerations into decision-making across all policy areas. This webinar provided an overview of the Health in All Policies approach and reviewed the work of California’s Health in All Policies Task Force - the first state-level, United States effort to institutionalize this approach. 

Presenters:
Linda Rudolph, MD, MPH
Rudolph & Associates

Julia Caplan, MPP, MPH
Public Health Institute
California Department of Public Health

Presentation (PDF) for Dr. Rudolph and Ms. Caplan


The Power of Policy Webinar 4 - Data-Driven Policy Strategies to Improve Community Health

View the recording of the August 16, 2012 webinar: mp4, Transcript: Word

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As health departments strengthen their focus on systems and environmental change to improve community health, data collection and assessment are critical in helping to inform those efforts. APHA contracted with NORC at the University of Chicago to conduct 10 case studies examining how health departments engage in effective policy work and highlight promising practices for public health policy development. This webinar presented an overview of the case study findings and also featured representatives from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the New Mexico Department of Health/Bernalillo County Place Matters Team who discussed their unique approaches to gathering and applying data and information to support policy development.

Presenters:
Alana Knudson, PhD
Co-Director, Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis
NORC at the University of Chicago - Presentation (
PDF)
 
Suzanne Condon, MS
Associate Commissioner for Health
Director, Bureau of Environmental Health
Massachusetts Department of Public Health - Presentation (
PDF)

Jerry Montoya
Health Promotion Program Manager
New Mexico Department of Health, Region 1 & 3 - Presentation (
PDF)


 

The Power of Policy Webinar 3 - Strategies for Working with Local Community Coalitions: A Framework for Local Health Departments and Community Collaboration

 

View the recording of the June 5, 2012 webinar: wmv; Transcript: Word

 

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This webinar discussed a highly structured step-by-step approach for health departments working with local community coalitions. The presentation featured representatives from the Tobacco Control and Prevention Program at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, who provided an overview of the framework along with concrete tools and strategies that are used to inform local community coalition activities.

 

Presenters:

Linda M. Aragon, MPH

Program Director

Tobacco Control and Prevention Program

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

 

Rachel A. Tyree, MPH

Project Director

Tobacco Control and Prevention Program

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

 

Alisha Lopez

Policy Liaison 

Tobacco Control and Prevention Program

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

 

Presentation (PDF) for all three speakers

 


The Power of Policy Webinar 2 - Educating, Advocating, Lobbying:  What’s the Difference and What Role Can Health Department Staff Play?

View the recording of the December 1, 2011 webinar: wmv or mp4; Transcript: Word

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This webinar examined the legal distinctions between policymaker education, advocacy, and lobbying, and clarifies what policy activities health department staff can legally engage in. The webinar features the former chief legal advisor to the CDC discussing the importance of health departments engaging elected officials on public health matters and providing guidance for related policy activities, an expert on lobbying laws from the Alliance for Justice discussing the various legal definitions of lobbying, and a former state health department bureau director sharing lessons learned from the field about how to effectively and legally engage in policy work.

Presenters:
Gene Matthews, JD

Director
The Network for Public Health Law - Southeastern Region
UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health - Presentation (PDF)

Nayantara Mehta, JD, MA
Senior Counsel
Alliance for Justice -
Presentation (PDF)

Susan Hardman
Public Health Analyst
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support
Public Health Law Program
(Former Director, Bureau of Injury Prevention, New York State Department of Health) - Presentation (PDF)

A summary of the Q & A from the webinar is also available.


The Power of Policy Webinar 1: A Cost-Effective Tool for Improving Population Health

View the recording of the October 5, 2011 webinar: wmv or mp4; Transcript: Word 

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This first webinar in the series discussed the critical role policy plays in creating the physical and social environments that promote health. It also explored how focusing on policy can be a cost-effective and efficient use of shrinking health department resources. It featured the Director for CDC’s Office of State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support, as well as two health department directors that have effectively used policy strategies to improve population health in their jurisdictions.

Presenters:
Georges Benjamin, MD, FACP, FNAPA, FACEP (E), Hon FRSPH
Executive Director
American Public Health Association -
Presentation (PDF)

Judith Monroe, MD, FAAFP
Director, Office for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support
Deputy Director, CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -
Presentation (PDF)

Thomas Farley, MD, MPH
Health Commissioner
New York City, NY -
Presentation (PDF)

Paul Kuehnert, MS, RN
Executive Director
Kane County Health Department, IL -
Presentation (PDF)

A summary of the Q & A from the webinar is also available.