259789 Dispelling mysteries: Talking with policy makers on behalf of the populations we serve

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 : 1:30 PM - 1:50 PM

Lisa Ann Campbell, DNP-PHN, RN GNP-BC , Primary Care/Public Health, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN
Public health professional are charged with assessment, policy development, and assurance of conditions that promote health. 1,2 Nonetheless, policy development seems to be shrouded in a cloak of mystery. Every day public health professionals embrace a practice that is grounded in social justice. However, irrespective of our mastery of core competencies there are gaps that exist in translating public health issues to policy makers. Identification of barriers requires personal readiness, perceived abilities, and available resources to champion those we serve. This session will not only address the skills necessary to tell compelling stories to policy makers but also explore self-efficacy3 theory to aid in building policy development skills.

References 1.Stanhope M, Lancaster J. Public Health Nursing: Population-Centered Health Care in the Community. 7th ed. St. Louis, MO,Mosby Elsevier; 2008. 2.Committee for the Study of the Future of Public Health Division of Health Care Services. The Future of Public Health: The National Academies Press; 1988. 3.Bandura A. Self-efficacy: Toward a unifying theory of behavioral change. Psychological Review. 1977;84(2):191-215.

Learning Areas:
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
1.Identify the 4 components of self-efficacy theory. 2.Identify 3 key strategies for talking with policy makers. 3.Explain 2 measures to convert data to have an impact on policy makers. 4.Formulate 1 public health experience into a compelling story to tell policy makers.

Keywords: Policy/Policy Development, Self-Efficacy

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified because I am a nursing policy analyst. I have written several nursing policy statements for the Coalition of Nurses in Advanced Practice (CNAP) and taught nursing policy at the university level.
Any relevant financial relationships? Yes

Name of Organization Clinical/Research Area Type of relationship
Population Health Consultants Public Health Consultant

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.

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