3060.0 Improving Health through Engagement in Politics and Policy Change

Monday, November 5, 2007: 8:30 AM
This section includes presentations examining various aspects regarding improvement of health through politics and policy change. Presentations will discuss advocacy processes in internet cancer communities; an assessment of state cervical cancer prevention efforts by various measures; the relationship between physicians' race/ethnicity and their perceived importance on health policy priorities for Congress; a comparison of two cancer treatment programs and how advocacy, gender issues, and health and legislative policy have played a role in their development and funding; and an analysis of 2007 state of the state speeches in regards to the most frequently-mentioned public health issues across all states and how those issues are framed in a way to generate public support.
Session Objectives: At the end of the session, the participant will be able to: (1) Recognize the role of physicians in policymaking and advocacy; (2) Prioritize contemporary health issues to be addressed by Congress; (3) Assess the impact of physicians’ racial/ethnic differences effects on policy, advocacy, and patient health; (4) Improve their understanding of how policy can affect the development of public health programs for special and vulnerable populations; (5) Describe the most politically feasible public health policies.

8:45 AM
Passing the bill: Impact of physicians' race/ethnicity on perceptions of health policy priorities for Congress
Matthew Lee Smith, PhD, MPH, CHES, Erica T. Sosa, MS and Dhananjaya Arekere, PhD
9:00 AM
Effect of advocacy, gender, and policy on men's health in California
Sarah Connor, MPH, CHES, Westley Sholes and Laura Baybridge

See individual abstracts for presenting author's disclosure statement and author's information.

Organized by: Public Health Education and Health Promotion
Endorsed by: Maternal and Child Health

CE Credits: CME, Health Education (CHES), Nursing