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