188712 Translating personal to political; local to federal policy (nail salon workers)

Monday, October 27, 2008: 12:45 PM

Priscilla Huang, JD , Policy Division, Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum, Washington, DC
A national multi-issue membership and policy advocacy organization will participate in a panel to share concrete examples of how personal health issues in the Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander community translate to policy and advocacy efforts on the local, state and federal levels. The panelist will also discuss any timely hot policy topics.

This panelist will share how local, grassroots campaigns promoting nail salon worker rights and safety evolved into a national coalition to educate the public and policymakers about the occupational hazards related to working in the nail salon industry. The speaker will begin with a brief overview of the issue and identify the health risks involved for nail salon workers who come into regular contact with harmful cosmetic products. Next, the speaker will describe some of the local efforts that gave rise to the formation of the National Healthy Nail Salon Alliance. The presentation will then outline the coalition's strategies for advancing nail salon worker protections through policy advocacy.

Learning Objectives:
1. The participants will be able to describe the process of linking personal health issues into local, state and federal policy action. 2. The participants will be able to discuss local health issues and articulate such issues into stories that can be translated into policy action.

Keywords: Asian and Pacific Islander, Policy/Policy Development

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Priscilla Huang from the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF)
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.