Physicians as community health advocates - bridging the gap between clinical practice and the community
Learning Areas:Advocacy for health and health education
Chronic disease management and prevention
Clinical medicine applied in public health
Other professions or practice related to public health
Public health or related public policy
Describe the AMA's Physicians as Community Health Advocates (PACHA) Initiative. List the benefits of engaging physicians in advocating for policies that improve health behaviors associated with obesity, tobacco and alcohol use. Identify opportunities to engage physicians in public health advocacy and practices to improve health outcomes and prevent chronic diseases.
Keyword(s): Community-Based Partnership, Advocacy
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have more than 30 years public health policy, and community and clinical engagement experience. I directed an EPA funded initiative addressing tobacco in clinical practices serving low income families and trained medical students to provide tobacco counseling in free clinics.
Prior to joining the AMA, I was director of tobacco prevention for the Cook County Department of Public Health and deputy executive director of public affairs for the American Lung Association of Metropolitan Chicago.
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.