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Session: Politics and Public Health: Powerful Partners
5095.0: Wednesday, November 10, 2004: 12:30 PM-2:00 PM
Politics and Public Health: Powerful Partners
This session presents an insider view of the ways in which informed, organized, determined public health activists might exert a positive influence on the decision making of local governments through the electoral process, thus practicing true community-based public health. Creating healthier living environments and teaching safer, healthier choices are the shared goals of public officials as well as public health practitioners. Both are concerned about developing ways to protect and improve community health and well-being. Additionally, public health professionals seek to promote broader support for and understanding of public health strategies and goals. This panel of speakers --all elected officials and career public health professionals-- will share specific strategies and principles applicable in all communities for influencing local government to protect and improve the public's health. The audience will be invited to share their own experiences --successful and not so-- interacting with their local School Boards, City and County Councils and state legislatures.
Learning Objectives: 1. Learn practical information about ways in which public health practitioners who become elected and appointed officials can promote public health objectives and programs. 2. Become more familiar with one form of public health advocacy –electoral politics— and discuss how public health professionals can gain access to positions of power and policy making as appointed and elected officials. 3. Identify the parallels between public health practice and serving as an elected official.
Organizer(s):Karen Valenzuela, MA, MPA
Moderator(s):Karen Valenzuela, MA, MPA
12:30 PMLand use/public health connection: Walking the talk  [ Recorded presentation ]
Karen Valenzuela, MA, MPA
12:50 PMPublic health as public policy driver
Fern Walter Goodhart, MSPH, CHES
1:10 PMPromoting public health as a school board official  [ Recorded presentation ]
Laurie Stillman, MM
See individual abstracts for presenting author's disclosure statement and author's information.
Organized by:Community Health Planning and Policy Development
Endorsed by:APHA-Committee on Women's Rights; Community-Based Public Health Caucus; Public Health Education and Health Promotion; Socialist Caucus
CE Credits:CME, Health Education (CHES), Nursing

The 132nd Annual Meeting (November 6-10, 2004) of APHA