253580 Public Health Advocacy: The Legal Basics

Monday, October 31, 2011: 12:30 PM

Abby Levine, JD , Advocacy Programs, Alliance for Justice, Washington, DC
Using academic and professional expertise, as well as available resources and materials as guidance, this presentation will help new and seasoned advocates understand the ethics and legalities surrounding influencing policy-making. By providing an overview of the advocacy and lobbying laws and etiquette for employees in non-profit organizations, government agencies and other sensitive positions, individuals will gain the information they need to feel comfortable being a more active public health advocate. Additionally, for those individuals responsible of advocacy within their organization, various non-profit tax statuses and their impact on lobbying activities will be explained.

Learning Objectives:
1. Define the difference between lobbying and advocacy activities. 2. Discuss the laws and ethics surrounding lobbying and advocacy efforts.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to present because, as Legal Director of Advocacy Programs at Alliance for Justice, I provide legal guidance that encourages nonprofit organizations to participate in policymaking decisions through an understanding of federal tax and election law.
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.