253992 Bringing scientific, clinical and public health expertise to the policy process

Monday, October 31, 2011: 1:10 PM

Lisa Kaplowitz, MD, MSHA , Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, DHHS, Washington, DC
From the perspective of practitioners, scientists, and clinicians the political and policy process is often bewildering, exasperating and not worth the time required for direct engagement. Despite appearances from the outside, federal and state policy making is a rational process of balancing competing priorities. This session will describe the policy process and the importance of healthcare and public health provider engagement in the issues and involvement in the process. Examples will be provided from both healthcare and public health fields.

Learning Areas:
Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Describe the various competing interests that impact federal policy making. Compare and contrast state and federal policy processes Understand the importance of applying scientific, clinical and public health expertise to the development of health policy . Develop strategies for effective engagement of healthcare and public health professionals with policy makers.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Planning at DHHS.
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.