224587 Organization of Organizations: Working in Coalition to Advance Global Health Policy

Monday, November 8, 2010 : 10:50 AM - 11:10 AM

Jirair Ratevosian, MPH , International Health Section, amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, Washington, DC
Emily deRiel, MPH , Health Alliance International, Seattle, WA
Jessica Boyer , Government Relations, APHA, Washington, DC
Donna Barry, NP MPH , Partners In Health, Cambridge, MA
Wendy Johnson, MD, MPH , Health Alliance International, Seattle, WA
Amy Hagopian, PhD , School of Public Health, Dept of Global Health, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
The U.S. commitment to global health has grown markedly over the last decade. The response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic has transformed global health financing and programming, demonstrating the potential to make substantial progress to improve health in low- and middle-income countries and placing a new emphasis on accountability, public engagement, and the health needs of the most vulnerable populations. To expand on these gains, the Obama Administration seeks to achieve major improvements in health outcomes by pursing a comprehensive whole-of-government approach to global health.

In the summer of 2009, a coalition of U.S.-based civil society organizations with expertise across a range of diseases and development formed to coordinate strategic advocacy approaches and provide policy recommendations on the administration's proposed Global Health Initiative (GHI). The work of the Ad Hoc Coalition for a Global Health Initiative included analyzing existing U.S. initiatives, aid agencies and funding necessary to address global health needs.

As an organization of organizations, working in coalition toward a common goal is likely to achieve the best results for advocacy campaigns. This coalition brought together groups with diverse health perspectives, linkages, and areas of influence that helped push forward a unified agenda. Working in coalition also had disadvantages, including time management and message control. As with all advocacy campaign, coalition work should be evaluated accessing leadership, resource allocations and compromises reached.

Learning Areas:
Advocacy for health and health education
Other professions or practice related to public health
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Learn how the Obama Administration seeks to achieve major improvements in health outcomes by pursing a comprehensive whole-of-government approach to global health. Learn how advocacy work in coalitions can help improve US global health policy.

Keywords: Policy/Policy Development, Advocacy

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Iím an expert in advocacy mobilization, working on global health and HIV/AIDS policy.
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.