253751 Making the Most of Your Hill Visit: How to Engage Congress to Promote Public Health

Tuesday, November 1, 2011: 9:10 AM

Adriane Casalotti, MPH, MSW , US House of Representatives, Washington, DC
In the current political and economic climate, public health professionals must engage with policymakers to ensure that important health and social programs retain funding and political support. Understanding how to communicate with Congress is one of the most important and effective ways to inform policy. This presentation will explore specific strategies and recommendations for how to engage with elected officials—both in DC and in the community—and provide participants with an inside look at how to pull off an effective advocacy meeting.

Learning Objectives:
1. Explain how to effectively advocate to elected public officials 2. Describe how to pull off an effective advocacy meeting with both federal and local elected officials.

Keywords: Public Health Advocacy, Health Advocacy

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I currently serve as the health policy adviser for a Member of Congress. Through this position, I have gained extensive experience in lobbying and advocacy efforts, policy development, and how to advance a legislative agenda. In addition, I have experience in conducting state and federal advocacy campaigns.
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.