224344 Lessons from Health Reform Activism: Strategies and Tools that Work

Tuesday, November 9, 2010 : 11:10 AM - 11:30 AM

Lois J. Uttley, MPP , Community Catalyst, Raising Women's Voices, New York, NY
Women are a key stakeholder constituency for health reform, because women are widely recognized as key health care deciders and organizers for families. Moreover, women have special reproductive health needs that must be addressed. This presentation will explain the strategies and tactics of a two-year national initiative (Raising Women's Voices for the Health Care We Need) that has organized grasroots women around the country to advocate for health care reform. Special attention will be given to the role of our 21 community-based regional coordinators, who have organized rallies, speakouts, teach-ins and other methods of engaging local women and families in articulating their needs and influencing the shape of health reform policies. This presentation will provide model strategies and review lessons learned from women's engagement in the health reform debate during 2009 and into 2010.

Learning Areas:
Advocacy for health and health education
Diversity and culture
Provision of health care to the public
Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Participants will be able to identify methods of organizing women around health reform, including demonstrating the potential for improvement of women's health, comparing and analyzing the potential impact of competing health reform proposals on women and communities and mobilizing women to speak on behalf of themselves and their families

Keywords: Women's Health, Health Care Reform

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to present because I am co-founder and co-coordinator of Raising Women's Voices for the Health Care We Need, a national initiative organizing women to advocate for health reform that meets their needs.
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.