253908 Building an APHA Policy One Block at a Time

Monday, October 31, 2011: 8:35 AM

Lynn A. Bethel, RDH, MPH , Office of Oral Health, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Boston, MA
Each year, after hours of research and writing by members, a few dozen proposed policies are submitted to the Association for endorsement by the membership and elected leadership. Yet, not all make it through the review process. Developing a policy is like building a structure from blocks. This presentation will focus on the design or format of the policy; where information should be gathered from to provide a strong foundation for the policy; and finally, who should be involved in its engineering or development of the policy so it can stronly support the public health issue meant to address.

Learning Areas:
Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines
Public health or related public policy
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
1. Indentify, where on the APHA website, adopted policies and policy development information live. 2. List the components of a well-written/formatted proposed policy. 3. Name APHA units that are recommended to be included in the development of any proposed policy.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I serve as Chair of the Action Board's Policy Committee where one of the main purposes is to manage the review of proposed policies by the membership and member of the Joint Policy Committee whose main responsibility is to review and provide comment on the proposed policies.
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.