253911 Navigating the APHA Policy Process: Tips from the Trenches

Monday, October 31, 2011: 8:55 AM

M. Elaine Auld, MPH, CHES , Society for Public Health Education, Washington, DC
APHA members have the opportunity to propose a resolution or position paper to help shape the association's policy advocacy portfolio. Yet, the steps to moving a proposed policy through APHA's governing structure can seem daunting to even the most politically savvy professional. This presentation will provide "tips from the trenches" frmo an APHA member who has served both as a resolution author and a leader of the Joint Policy Committee (i.e.- APHA's gatekeeper over policy proposals). Tips for successfully navigating the APHA policy process will be provided, from initial conception to adoption, as well as APHA member's roles in ultimately implementing the policy to improve the public's health.

Learning Areas:
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
1. List at least three experiential lessons for increasing the odds that an APHA policy will be adopted through the Governing Council. 2. Describe roles and responsibilities of an APHA advocate in implementing a new APHA policy, once it is adopted.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualifed to present because I have served on the Governing Council for 8 years; former JPC Co-Chair; and former actional Board member and Chair.
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.