6005.0: Thursday, November 16, 2000: 8:30 AM-10:00 AM

Building Consumer Health Advocacy Movements at the State and Local Level

Empowered people and communities are critical to the creation of a health system that is responsive to the needs of all people, especially the most vulnerable. Understanding the importance of these movements, what they can accomplish and how they can be build is important for consumers, community leaders, public health advocates who seek to make sure that community health planning and policy development is done based on community-determined needs and priorities. This session will provide practical advice based on actual experience. It will identify some of the key elements involved in building consumer health advocacy movements (in general and around specific issues) at the state and local level, show how these movements and campaigns have been important in bringing about needed changes in health policies and increase access at the state and local level, and identify and share some of resources that are available to help communities engage in similar efforts. Examples of specific campaigns around community benefits, free care, children’s health, youth involvement, immigrant health issues will be highlighted along with the development and use of a health hotline
Learning Objectives:
Panelist(s):Susan Sherry
Joe Ditre, Esq
Carolyn Cillias
Cindy Rizzo
Moderator(s):Phyllis Kaye, MPA
The following abstracts have been withdrawn by the authors:
Building State and Local Consumer Health Advocacy Movements
Susan Sherry, Phyllis E. Kaye, MPA
Sponsor:Community Health Planning and Policy Development
Cosponsors:Food and Nutrition; Health Administration; Socialist Caucus; Women's Caucus

The 128th Annual Meeting of APHA