142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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How to make friends and influence policymakers

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Saturday, November 15, 2014 : 1:50 PM - 2:40 PM

Jim Schulz Jr. , NJ Dental Association, North Brunswick, NJ
The foundation of a successful health advocacy campaign is laid long before legislation is introduced or regulations are proposed. Health advocates need to develop strong relationships with key stakeholders, including legislators, executive branch officials, media, other advocacy groups and civic leaders before positioned are staked out. This presentation will describe how health policy is advanced through long-established relationships built on trust, respect and mutual support. Strategies for leveraging the high esteem policymakers have for public health and health care professionals will be discussed using specific examples from past advocacy initiatives.

Learning Areas:

Advocacy for health and health education

Learning Objectives:
Identify the key players involved in state and local health policymaking. Describe how their educational/political/ geographic background and institutional role influences the decision-making process. Discuss strategies for developing an advocacy campaign tailored to the needs and concerns of the policymakers. Describe how to convene an effective coalition. Discuss how strange bedfellows often make good coalition partners

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: For more than 20 years, Jim Schulz has been involved in state and federal government and politics, having held key staff positions in the US Congress, NJ legislative and executive branches as well as political campaigns. He serves on several non-profit and governmental boards and commissions. Most recently, he founded a company routed in mass-based advocacy using innovative communications and funding strategies to influence the governmental marketplace.
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.