Session Descriptions -Power of Policy

The Power of Policy Webinar 1: A Cost-Effective Tool for Improving Population Health
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 
Judith Monroe, MD, FAAFP, Director, Office for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support
Deputy Director, CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -
Thomas Farley, MD, MPH, Health Commissioner
New York City, NY -
Paul Kuehnert, MS, RN, Executive Director
Kane County Health Department, IL -

The Power of Policy Webinar 2 - Educating, Advocating, Lobbying: What’s the Difference and What Role Can Health Department Staff Play?
 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 
Nayantara Mehta, JD, MA, Senior Counsel
Alliance for Justice
Susan Hardman, Public Health Analyst
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support
Public Health Law Program

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

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

The Power of Policy Webinar 4 - Data-Driven Policy Strategies to Improve Community Health
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
Suzanne Condon, MS, Associate Commissioner for Health
Director, Bureau of Environmental Health
Massachusetts Department of Public Health

The Power of Policy Webinar 5 - Health in All Policies: Lessons Learned from California
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
Jerry Montoya
Health Promotion Program Manager
New Mexico Department of Health, Region 1 & 3 -


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

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
Peter Rumble, MPA, Director of Health Policy and Planning

Sonoma County Health Services Department

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